Austmine is the peak industry body for Australia’s $90Bn Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector. It exists to develop the METS sector and provide growth opportunities and value to its members to achieve greater success.

It currently hosts over 600 members, reflecting the impressive diversity of METS companies, from major OEMs, contractors and EPCMs, through to SME software, equipment manufacturers, consultancies, technology and support services.

Austmine recognises the strategic challenge of mining industry decarbonisation that could impact economic prosperity, including industry sustainability and social licence to operate.

In working to preserve Australia’s METS sector’s leading position as global innovators in the resources industry, the organisation recently held national workshops to explore what can be collectively done to slow climate change and to make a difference to secure a sustainable future.

Specific topics included how the METS community can lead by collaborating to reduce carbon emissions, lessen industry footprint and provide solutions to help in the worldwide effort to address climate change.

The forums were structured to enable open discussion on topics such as:

  • Practices for reducing the footprint of businesses;

  • New approaches to tackling climate change across the value chain;

  • External assistance and support needed to take action;

  • Technologies, expertise and processes currently in place.

This foundational work demonstrates an excellent opportunity to contribute to innovative solutions pathways and could be further expanded to include direct collaboration with copper producers to share findings, understand specific challenges, and develop targeted strategies and solutions. 1