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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.


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.

Research Priorities

The Challenge covers a broad range of opportunities across the minerals and mining value chain, aligned with MRIWA’s Research Priority Plan.

MRIWA has identified three priority themes representing cross cutting issues in the mining sector which would benefit from a collaborative approach to addressing the Challenge.

Data Driven Decisions

  • Mapping emissions across the mine to metal value chain (from Scope 1+2+3) to evaluate effectiveness of initiatives
  • Digital models to assess options and build business cases
  • Exemplar mine sites to create capacity in industry and amongst stakeholders
  • Industry framework and common language for transparency, benchmarking and best practice

Mining and Processing Technology

  • Redesigning processes to optimise use of renewables and mitigate impact of intermittent power supply
  • Increased efficiency of material movement

Energy Utilisation

  • Integration of new technology including electrification, hydrogen, heat recovery, biomass and biodiesel
  • Increased efficiency and effectiveness of energy storage and use

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Attend our Conference

Register for MRIWA’s inaugural Net Zero Emission Mining WA Conference to be held 13 October 2021

METS Innovate to Grow Program

Further information for participants in CSIRO and Practera’s online program from METS businesses working on net zero emission mining solutions

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Page was last reviewed 16 August 2021

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