May 17, 2020

B.C. announces support plan for struggling mining companies

British Columbia
Christy Clark
2 min
B.C. announces support plan for struggling mining companies, to deter electricity costs
Help is on the way in British Columbia. The government has announced a relief plan that will allow mining companies to defer their electricity bills in...

Help is on the way in British Columbia. The government has announced a relief plan that will allow mining companies to defer their electricity bills in order to endure the current downturn in commodity prices.  

“We’ve got your back,” Premier Christy Clark told a crowd at the opening of the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia’s Roundup Conference in Vancouver.

While details are yet to be finalized, Clark said the plan will give mining companies the option as a means to help them “at least keep their doors open,” while they wait for commodity markets recovery.

"It has been a rough year for mining in Canada," said Clark. "We know when a mine goes to waste all those mines and all those communities that have been founded on a mine disappear overnight.

"[We] are working on a plan so that mines can defer some of their very considerable power costs until commodity prices bounce back.”

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According to Karina Brino, CEO of the Mining Association of B.C., such a measure would offer meaningful support for companies facing escalating power costs during the economic slump.

“Depending on the operation, electricity costs sometimes come right after labor (in terms of a mine’s operating costs),” Brino said.

“What we heard is encouraging news in terms of figuring out if there is anything the provincial government can do to provide some immediate relief.”

During the Roundup Conference, Clark also revealed another extension of the provincial government’s refundable 20 percent mining exploration tax credit on qualified exploration expenses, and up to 30 percent in regions affected by the mountain pine beetle infestation, as well as a 20 percent nonrefundable flow-through tax credit on investment in exploration by shareholders.

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Dec 3, 2020

Net zero benefits the mining industry and the environment

digital mining
Dan Brightmore
3 min
Learn how to future proof your business for a zero-carbon world with help from Emitwise and the Oren Marketplace.
Learn how to future proof your business for a zero-carbon world with help from Emitwise and the Oren Marketplace...

How do we get the world to net-zero faster?

Emitwise’s founders, Mauro Cozzi, Eduardo Gómez and Ben Peddie, approached a network of more than 100 of the world's largest enterprises and asked their CEOs, CFOs, and sustainability managers the big question: How do we get the world to net-zero faster? The challenge many shared was the lack of timely and accurate emissions data to enable strategic decisions. Companies often relied on annual audits of their carbon footprint for carbon accounting purposes. However, static yearly results were outdated upon publishing.

Emitwise saves companies an average of 260 working days a year by automating their scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions data. With the added benefits of clean audit trails and auto-populated accounting reports in line with GHG Protocol, all at the click of a button. Their easy to use solution enables businesses to quickly identify the carbon hotspots to target, and the precise real-time data empowers teams to remain agile and respond effectively, making achieving those goals possible.

Unique AI Technology

Emitwise’s unique AI technology empowers businesses to automatically measure, report and reduce their carbon footprint across their operations and supply chain, future-proofing companies for a zero-carbon world. It is the only solution that enables companies to fully automate their carbon accounting across all business units and suppliers, therefore liberating them from the drudgery of collecting and processing emissions data.

By using artificial intelligence to precisely measure emissions in real-time, businesses can identify and tackle carbon hotspots swiftly, enabling them to devise a trackable roadmap to net-zero carbon. At the same time, accurate audit trails and auto-populated annual reports ensure that companies comply with international reporting requirements, and align businesses with global climate targets to mitigate risk across their operations and supply chain. 

The Oren Marketplace

Environmental management, social license to operate, safety, renewable energy to lower emissions and operational efficiency for mining can be supported by a range of digital solutions enabling dynamic operations. To address these issues, Shell and IBM joined forces to create the Oren Marketplace – the first B2B solutions platform for the mining sector. 

With the adoption of many of the digital solutions offered through Oren, mining companies can adapt in real-time to risks or adjust plans ahead of a problem occurring. The goal is a shift towards proactive management as the optimal outcome for all stakeholders – community, shareholders, and employees.

Emitwise was founded with the goal of helping industries across all sectors reduce their carbon footprint. Similarly, Shell aims to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, or sooner, in step with society and its customers. And Oren is focused on offering innovative products and services that can help mining companies track and reduce their emissions. 

“Oren is the starting point for how we help our mining customers to de-carbonise,” explains Carol Chen, Global Lubricants Marketing, Vice President, Shell. “It’s our ambition to work with sectors like mining to help them find their own pathway to net-zero emissions through collaboration. The Oren marketplace offers a great opportunity for collaboration between the miners and technology companies that are joining this digital marketplace.” 

Web Summit

Emitwise will be showcasing its vision for a net-zero future live from Lisbon at this year’s Web Summit. Bringing together the people and companies redefining the global tech industry, the online event welcomes 100,000+ attendees from around the world to hear from more than 800 speakers and view offerings from 2,500 startups covering a vast range of topics from Data Science and Climate Change to AI and Machine Learning. To find out more and book your ticket visit Web Summit. 

Emitwise is one of many solutions providers on the Oren platform seeking to address the pain points and environmental concerns of heavy industries like mining. To discover a range of solutions that can further support your operation’s digital transformation and commitment to sustainability, visit the Oren Marketplace.

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