Who’s leading from the front on emissions reduction?


Mining, a heavy industry, is directly responsible for 4% to 7% of greenhouse gas emissions globally.

But the emissions produced by downstream industries such as steel and cement are even more significant.

Decarbonisation at the World Mining Congress, Wed 28 June and Thursday 29 June.

“Mining companies are actually all well engaged in using and improving existing technologies to reduce their emissions,” says Emeritus Professor Mike Hood, mining and technology expert and Chair of the Program Committee for the World Mining Congress, 2023.

“Other players in the value chain, such as steel and cement companies, are developing, adapting and demonstrating new technologies for these downstream industries.”

“The Congress program offers multiple opportunities to learn about these developments, so that we can better understand the progress being made towards emissions reduction.”

Wednesday 28 June

Company leaders from BHP, Fortescue and Orica will be presenting on copper processing.  

  • Starting with the End in Mind: BHP’s Path to Net Zero
    Anna Wiley, Burkhard Seifert and Tim Richards, BHP – 1100
  • Deploying Best Available Technology in Australia for the First Time
    Troy Powell, Orica Limited – 1150
  • Fortescue’s Decarbonisation Journey
    Eva Hanly, Fortescue Future Industries – 1220
  • How will hydrogen fuel cells and batteries fit into options for transport?
    Hydrogen-Fuelled Fleet Decarbonisation – with Ruth Knibbe, The University of Queensland – 1205
  • Can hydrogen decarbonise downstream industry? Clean Hydrogen for Industrial Decarbonisation: Status and Challenges
    Eric May, CEO Future Energy Exports CRC and Professor, The University of Western Australia – 1400
  • Capturing and sequestering CO2, including a paper on Direct Air Capture of CO2 from the world’s largest project with this technology. Compressed Air Energy Storage: R&D and Demonstration
    Haisheng Chen, Chinese Academy of Sciences – 1420

On Thursday 29 June

The sometimes controversial topic of modern technological approaches to nuclear energy will be considered;

  • Small and Micro Modular Reactors for Mines and Remote Communities
    Tony Irwin, SMR Nuclear Technology Pty Ltd – 1120
  • a former Australian Chief Scientist and one of Australia’s foremost engineers will moderate the wrap up discussion
    Robin Batterham, The University of Melbourne – 1400

About the Congress

The World Mining Congress was first held in 1958 in Poland. It has been held every two to three years ever since. It is UN-affiliated and continues to have a secretariat in Poland.

The 26th World Congress will be held for the first time in Australia, spanning the entire Brisbane Convention Centre from 26 to 29 June 2023. The Congress anticipates over 3000 participants from over 70 countries.

The Congress was brought to Australia with the support of the host, CSIRO, Australia’s National Science Agency. The Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Science and Resources is our Major Sponsor and Queensland is our Host State Sponsor. A large suite of leading global and national companies and research agencies are also major sponsors of the Congress.

Inclusion of Congress speakers in media releases does not imply endorsement by the WMC, its hosts, partners and sponsors.

For more information and accreditation contact
Niall Byrne, media@wmc2023.org,  +61-417-131-977 and visit www.wmc2023.org.