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Zero Emission Vehicle Challenge


Challenge Synopsis

Teck Resources Ltd (Teck) is Canada’s largest diversified mining company and is looking to advance the introduction of zero emission vehicles across a wide range of vehicle classes to advance our low carbon economy efforts and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the company.

 

Challenge Statement

Teck is seeking to advance our understanding and exposure to the different technology options / pathways to transitioning to a zero emissions fleet.  Teck recognizes that there are a number of zero emission pathways emerging and that various operating parameters such as power output, energy storage capacity and vehicle utilization may influence the optimal solutions for any given class of vehicles. Teck is interested in learning more about the relative benefits and limitations of zero emission technologies, operational considerations that will impact their suitability for our fleets and whether the technologies can be retrofitted to existing equipment or are only available on new, “designed for purpose” equipment.

 

Context

Teck currently operates nine surface mining operations in the Americas, 6 of which are located in Canada. Globally, the mobile equipment at Teck’s operations generate approximately 1MT of CO2e per annum. While a large percentage of these emissions come from heavy mining equipment that will likely require a longer development timeline for zero emission technology, Teck also operates very large fleets of support equipment that present opportunities for the early introduction of zero emission technologies.

Vehicle classes that Teck is interested in pursuing early adoption of zero emission technology in include:

  • Light duty trucks – from ½ ton pick-ups through to commercial Class 3-5 chassis vehicles
  • Medium to Heavy duty trucks employed in a range of specialty pit or plant applications
  • Mining ancillary or support equipment such as graders, dozers, water trucks, cranes, etc.

Based on the maturity of technologies and suitably to the mining environments Teck is keen to collaborate and/or pilot zero emission vehicles in order to increase our understanding of the operation, maintenance, planning and design changes required with zero emission technologies. With this in mind, Teck is willing to consider the retrofitting of existing equipment or to the introduction of new zero emission vehicles.

 

Response Criteria

  • Ideas and partial solutions that can be integrated with other partial solutions are of interest
  • Potential technologies should be at the validation stage (preferably TRL 4 and above)
  • Applicants should have an understanding of how their technology can be integrated into a an existing operational and maintenance ecosystem
  • The technology must demonstrate tangible CO2 emission reduction

 

The Opportunity

As a mining industry leader committed to sustainability, Teck has both an opportunity and a responsibility to make a positive difference.

At Teck, we believe climate change is a key global risk, it is directly influenced by human activity and it requires decisive global action. We believe we have a responsibility to help manage this global challenge by reducing emissions at our operations and to sustainably produce the metals, minerals and energy that are essential for building the technologies and infrastructure needed to transition to a low-carbon economy.

We have set ambitious targets to reduce GHG emissions and to improve energy efficiency at our existing operations. Since 2011, Teck has implemented projects that have reduced GHG emissions by over 289,000 tonnes which exceeds our 2020 goal of achieving a total reduction of 275,000 tonnes. Our longer-term target is to reduce our emissions from existing operations by 450,000 tonnes by 2030 — equivalent to taking over 95,000 cars off the road. More detail on our progress can be found in our 2018 Sustainability Report.

Since developing our goals in 2010, we’ve made progress towards minimizing our emissions. We recognize that to achieve the levels of reductions required in the long-term, significant changes to our energy sources and our processes will be required. This type of change will require that we continue to drive efficiency gains while also looking to innovate and maintain a view towards longer-term step-changes in low-carbon technologies and mining practices.

In 2018, we launched a new Innovation and Technology program. Our focus is to identify those ideas that have the greatest potential to improve our business. We then put those ideas to work to strengthen safety, enhance sustainability performance, improve productivity, and help grow our business and create new markets for our products.  One of the areas we’re highlighting in our focus is on reducing our GHG emissions.

Towards that end, we’ve started to map out how to further decarbonize our operations.  Part of our approach to decarbonisation is recognizing that technologies continue to evolve, and in many cases, it may be too early to “pick a winner.”  For that reason, we’re tracking and evaluating multiple technologies within each of our businesses.

 

About Teck Reources Ltd.

Teck is Canada’s largest diversified resource company, committed to responsible mining and mineral development with business units focused on steelmaking coal, copper, zinc and energy.

The success of our business depends on our ability to create value in a way that meets the needs of the company, our shareholders, communities and stakeholders while accounting for the broader environmental, social and economic context in which Teck operates. This requires us to understand the evolving global environment and to take an integrated approach to identifying, prioritizing and managing sustainability risks and opportunities.

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