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The Challenge

Net Zero Emission Mining in Western Australia

This MRIWA Challenge aims to reduce the carbon footprint, lower overall energy costs and improve the energy efficiency of the Western Australian mining sector through harnessing collective efforts, enabling decarbonisation to become an opportunity for the sector, not a cost.

Our Activities

Through our Collaborative Leadership pillar, MRIWA is working across sectors to challenge what is possible, showcase innovation and provide support to advance net zero emission mining through a targeted program of minerals research.

A key initiative under this Challenge, 2021 saw us deliver our inaugural Net Zero Emission Mining WA Conference, hearing from leaders across sectors about their ambitions and successes, as well as challenges on which we must work together to achieve our net zero goals.

Targeted funding opportunities and our emerging METS engagement strategy also identified new opportunities and technology solutions that could provide additional tools to address emissions reduction in the mining sector.

Continuing to build partnerships with key organisations in government, industry and research will help us to be at the forefront of emerging initiatives and respond effectively to deliver impact and benefit to Western Australia.

Register for updates using the links below to be the first to hear new announcements and our upcoming activities for 2022.


With a global shift towards decarbonisation, the need for mineral resources to support the energy transition places Western Australia at the forefront of a significant economic opportunity.

Western Australia supplies the minerals used for wind and solar energy generation; electric vehicles; and battery storage which will enable the international community to achieve the Paris Agreement goals of net zero emissions by 2050.

With this opportunity also comes a challenge, in ensuring new and increased demand for these resources meets rising environmental, social and governance (ESG) expectations and does not negatively impact on the competitiveness of the mining sector.

Innovation is needed for our mining sector to capture this opportunity, develop new ways of working and transform how energy is generated and used. The lead time to new technology development and installation means preparations need to start now.

Get involved

Apply for Funding

Talk to us about available research funding opportunities for your net zero emission mining solutions.

The Hon. Bill Johnston- link will open in a new window is Western Australia’s Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Energy and Corrective Services.

Attend our Conference

Join mining industry leaders, METS companies, researchers and government to discuss critical solutions for net zero emission mining.

Join the Conversation

Sign up to receive the latest news and updates from MRIWA, with specific updates on Net Zero Emission Mining solutions available direct to your inbox.

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NZEM Resources

Access practical resources to support your journey towards net zero emission mining.

Page was last reviewed 8 September 2022

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