Anglo American is a FTSE-listed global diversified mining company with a portfolio that spans crop nutrients, platinum group metals, copper, nickel, iron ore, steel making coal and, through the De Beers Group, diamonds. Its portfolio of world-class assets produces the metals and minerals needed to power a cleaner, greener, more sustainable world and that meet the fast growing every day demands of billions of consumers.
Anglo American’s purpose, re-imagining mining to improve people’s lives, guides everything it does as a business. In line with its purpose, the company is committed to being a part of the global response to climate change. By 2040, Anglo American aims to be carbon neutral across all operations and reduce their Scope 3 emissions by 50%.
To that end, Anglo American is investing in innovative ventures and enabling technologies, as well as forging wide-ranging collaborations across industry. An important example is the Hydrogen Valley project in South Africa. Together with South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), the South African National Development Institute (SANEDI), ENGIE and Bambili Energy, Anglo American is working on a project to integrate hydrogen into the South African economy. Hubs in Johannesburg, Durban and Limpopo will host pilot projects stretching approximately 835 kilometres from the platinum group metals-rich Bushveld geological area in Limpopo to Durban. Anglo American will contribute by installing a 100 MW PV plant for the production of low carbon hydrogen at its Mogalakwena PGMs mine. The low carbon hydrogen will be used to power the mine.
Recently Anglo American unveiled a prototype of the world’s largest hydrogen-powered mine haul truck designed to operate in everyday mining conditions at its Mogalakwena PGMs mine in South Africa. The 2MW hydrogen-battery hybrid truck, generating more power than the diesel predecessor and capable of carrying a 290-tonne payload, is part of our nuGen™ Zero Emission Haulage Solution (ZEHS). nuGen™ which is part of FutureSmart Mining™, provides a fully integrated low carbon hydrogen system, consisting of production, fuelling and haulage system, with low carbon hydrogen to be produced at the mine site.
Anglo American has also partnered with Umicore to research and develop ground-breaking technology that has the potential to transform the way hydrogen can be stored and used to power fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The joint R&D programme aims to take the process through which hydrogen is chemically bonded to a liquid (known as a liquid organic hydrogen carrier or LOHC) a step further, targeting new PGMs-based catalyst technologies that can be installed directly in FCEVs and other forms of transport.