Vale, Caterpillar collaborate on battery electric trucks, ethanol studies

Vale and Caterpillar have signed an agreement to test large battery electric trucks and energy transfer systems, as well as conduct studies on ethanol-powered trucks – initiatives aimed at the decarbonization of Vale’s mine operations.  The studies, which will be conducted at Vale’s mines in Brazil, will help the miner achieve its goals to reduce scope 1 and 2 (direct…

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Vale hits renewable energy target in Brazil early

Vale said that all the electricity used in its operations in Brazil in 2023 came from renewable sources, achieving its goal of 100% renewable electricity consumption two years ahead of schedule. Having reached the target, Vale has zeroed its indirect CO2 emissions in Brazil, which correspond to Scope 2. The company still has the challenge of achieving 100% renewable energy…

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New Vale arm to sell tailings sand: report

Brazilian miner Vale has created a company to sell and distribute iron ore tailings sand as it pushes to reduce material disposals from dams and piles. The new sand company, Agera, is a spin-off from part of Vale and expects to sell 1 million metric tons of sand this year and generate revenue of US$3.57 million (18 million reais), according…

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Vale, Wabtec partner on alternative fuels study in Brazil

Vale has partnered with Wabtec to advance the decarbonization of the company’s rail operations with an ultimate goal of eliminating the railroad’s emissions in the future with battery power and alternative fuels. The deal includes an order for three of Wabtec’s FLXdrive battery locomotives and a collaboration to test ammonia as a potential clean, alternative fuel to replace diesel. The…

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Vale renews the old at Gelado

Vale has started the commissioning of the Gelado iron ore project in Carajás, Pará state, Brazil, reusing the tailings that have been deposited at its dam since Vale’s start of work in the region in 1985. The project is using 100% electric dredges for extraction, which will negate CO2 emissions as it produces pellet feed sustainably. The initial production capacity…

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Vale makes switch to natural gas for pelletizing 

Global miner Vale has entered into a contract to enable the supply of natural gas to its São Luís Plant in Maranhão, Brazil, starting in 2024, as the company attempts to reduce its carbon emissions by 33% by 2030. The plant will use natural gas supplied by Eneva and distributed by local firm Companhia Maranhense de Gás (Gasmar) in its…

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