GMG Joins the Materialize Program for Scope 3 Decarbonization of Natural Resources

  • Materialize unites leading critical resource and materials companies to reduce supply chain emissions by guiding suppliers to understand and implement decarbonization strategies.
  • Decarbonizing materials will offer emission-reduction opportunities to broader value chain and facilitate the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Rueil-Malmaison, April, 3, 2024GMG and Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, today launched Materialize, a supply chain decarbonization program designed to support companies in the metals and minerals sector reduce carbon emissions across their global supplier base.

As the world transitions to net-zero emissions and scales up clean energy technologies, demand for minerals and metals will grow exponentially. To meet this demand without furthering carbon emissions, it is vital that companies collaborate to decarbonize power supply, mitigate the environmental impact of the energy-intensive processes related to these critical resources, and reduce the sector’s Scope 3 emissions.

“Through collaboration and innovation, the partnership between GMG and Schneider Electric seeks to revolutionize the mining supply chain, moving it even further toward sustainability,” said Heather Ednie, CEO, GMG. “As GMG members push the boundaries of what is possible, Materialize will be instrumental in disseminating knowledge to the industry at large, and establishing clear pathways for it to become more sustainable.”

Materialize is a continuation of Schneider Electric’s suite of supply chain decarbonization programs including Energize, for the pharmaceutical industry, and Catalyze for semiconductor companies. The Materialize program will encourage the wider minerals value chain to transition to renewable energy sources by accelerating the deployment of decarbonization projects and software, improving access for suppliers to renewable energy solutions at scale, such as power purchase agreements (PPAs).

“We are delighted to launch Materialize as our latest collaborative program to reduce Scope 3 emissions. We have a strong track record of working with customers to meet their sustainability objectives, and this program will accelerate action in this sector,” said Barbara Frei, Executive Vice President, Industrial Automation at Schneider Electric. “Educating suppliers within the sector’s wider value chain on the importance of their operational models in closing net-zero ambition gaps is vital if we are to decarbonize the sector. Materialize will drive definitive next steps for the industry to lead the way.”

Lowering emissions is a challenging task due to the complexity of the value chain, data availability and reliability, and the difficulties in defining the breadth of the sector’s Scope 3 emissions. Suppliers lack expertise in decarbonization and face barriers to progress, such as solution costs and availability. Through Materialize, experts from Schneider Electric’s Sustainability Business will simultaneously engage hundreds of industry suppliers through digital technology platforms and guide them on removing such barriers.

Materialize also has the potential to offer industries outside of the sector a way to decarbonize their broader supply chain ecosystems. by sourcing materials suppliers who prioritize sustainable and low-carbon production methods.

“Measuring scope 3 emissions shines a spotlight on supply chains and reinforces the importance of circularity. Materialize will help to further circularity in the sector and beyond, and this is something we support,” said Kunal Sinha, Global Head of Recycling at Glencore.

The joint announcement was made in Paris at Schneider’s invite-only Innovation Summit where participants met to discover what’s next in automation, electrification, and digitization, and GMG’s Ednie also presented Collaborative Catalysts: Driving Step Change in Industrial Transformation, to a packed CEO Forum.

“By transcending traditional silos, industries leverage the collective intelligence of diverse stakeholders to drive innovation, agility, and sustainable growth,” said Ednie. “Collaboration holds the power to redefine the trajectory of industrial evolution, shaping a future where synergy and co-creation reign supreme.”

For more information on the Materialize program, visit: Materialize | Metals & Mining Supply Chain Decarbonization (sustainabilityse.com)

About GMG

Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) is a network of like-minded companies driving change in the mining industry. Together, we help develop knowledge, educate, and guide the global mining industry. We monitor the pulse of the industry and develop multi-disciplinary guidelines and strategies to manage risk, enhance performance, design solutions, inform planning and decision making, and save time and money. Our members are mining companies, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), original technology manufacturers (OTMs), research organizations and consultants from around the world who recognize that innovation does not happen in silos. GMG improves communication and facilitates collaboration to foster a more sustainable and efficient future for mining. Our multi-stakeholder working groups address topics such as data and interoperability, artificial intelligence, autonomous equipment, underground communication, battery-electric equipment, and comminution efficiency in mining.



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