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BHP takes steps towards improved productivity, reducing emissions

BHP has joined forces with Amazon Web Service (AWS) and Microsoft to help improve safety, productivity and reliability across its global operated assets.

The collaborations with AWS and Microsoft will support tow distinct parts of BHP’s operations.

AWS will power BHP’s digital transformation by providing capabilities in data analytics and machine learning to rapidly deploy digital solutions globally to improve operational performance.

Microsoft, through its Azure platform, will host BHP’s global applications portfolio.

As a result, this will enable BHP to leverage its existing Microsoft licences and SAP applications portfolio, and help to reduce its reliance on regional data centres.   

BHP chief technical officer Laura Tyler said collaborating with two world-leading cloud providers highlighted the importance of cloud to support BHP’s digital transformation.

“Digital technology is in everything we do at BHP, from how we connect to our customers and partners every day to how we extract and find resources more safely and sustainably,” she said.

“We are leveraging next generation technologies like cloud, machine learning, and data analytics to solve complex business problems and unlock value even faster.”

Tyler added that Cloud is the foundation of its plans, allowing the company to deploy digital solutions to the frontline quickly and at scale.

In addition, vice president for sustainability and climate change Fiona Wild announced that BHP has a comprehensive strategy in place to address climate change.

“It starts with reducing our operational emissions from things like electricity and diesel. We focus on working with our customers to reduce our emissions in a value chain, we are investing in new low emissions technologies,” she said.

“BHP has some great opportunities to reduce its emissions. We do this by switching to renewables. The next thing we re going to focus on is how we can reduce our use of diesel and develop new types of ways to move material around which doesn’t require those big diesel trucks which contribute about 40 per cent to our annual emissions every year.”

Wild leads the design and implementation of BHP’s global climate change strategy, including activities in the areas of mitigation, adaptation, portfolio evaluation, stakeholder engagement and low emissions technology.