GMG Kiruna Forum


Day 1

8:30-9:00 | SUM Project – Where we are and where do we go from here!
Jenny Greberg, Vice President Technology, LKAB

Abstract to come.

9:00-9:30 | EU Regulations and the Importance of Quantifying Upstream Environmental Impacts for Battery End Users 
Rohin Shah, Consultant Team Lead, Minviro Ltd

The world needs more raw materials for the growing sustainable economy; however, few know the variability in the environmental impacts of existing and emerging raw material production assets. The embodied impacts of battery-grade raw materials are the largest climate change driver for lithium-ion (LIBs) battery manufacturing, and the demand for LIBs is rapidly increasing. The EU rules and regulations for selling batteries with a capacity of more than 2 kWh into the EU are making carbon dioxide (CO2) reporting mandatory in July 2024, with the battery passport in July 2026. This considers the cradle-to-cradle CO2 footprint of a battery, including scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions and is calculated using a life cycle assessment (LCA) approach. In 2027, maximum CO2 thresholds for batteries will be set, and it will be mandatory to declare the CO2 footprint of the battery and decarbonization plans to reach net-zero. The largest area to minimise the CO2 impact of a battery is in the upstream raw material production processes itself. 

Asset-specific LCA studies on projects in development and in operation will help resource companies communicate and mitigate climate change impacts. This presentation will introduce LCA and how the results can be used to enable environmentally informed decision-making. Additionally, key differences in production routes for nickel, lithium and graphite will be presented, highlighting the opportunity for raw material producers to mitigate the most damaging hotspots in their production streams. This will allow them to work towards truly sustainable energy solutions for our future. 

9:30-10:15 | Supply Chain Decarbonization
Achieving decarbonization goals will require a circular approach. The suppliers to mining operations, and to mining equipment manufacturers, have a key role to play. From the batteries powering our electric equipment, to green steel and other clean tech, the mining ecosystem must evolve. Hear about what suppliers are doing (internally and also for the industry), the role non-mining suppliers can play, and what is needed to achieve success.

Moderator: Laura Mottola, GMG LATAM Co-Representative

Confirmed panellists:

  • Martin Ahrin Larsson, Solutions Architect Team Lead – North Europe, Sustainability Business, Schneider Electric
  • Katarina Öquist, Global R&D Technology and Innovation Manager, Epiroc
  • Peter Blomquist, Sales Director Industrial, Northvolt Systems 

Working Session
10:45-11:45 | Operationalizing Net Zero
The mining sector needs to collaborate, implement, and invest in a portfolio of decarbonization options for scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions. The pathways include emissions reduction, switching from fossil fuel to clean fuel, green/clean/renewable/nuclear energy generation, and remove and sequester carbon. As well, the industry has the opportunity to “do it right” with equitable transition in mind and needs to innovate in adopting new mine design and mineral processing technologies, accelerating novel technology adoption, and demonstrating/tracking results.

Participants will pool expertise and experience to develop critical pathways and focus areas for 2024/2025.

12:45-1:15 | Autonomous Hauling Implementation in the Aitik Mine
Rikard Maki, Manager, Autonomous Hauling Project Department, Boliden

The implementation of Autonomous Hauling in the Boliden Aitik Mine marks the first ever deployment in EU. The presentation will explain the reasons why Boliden are going Autonomous and what changes and challenges automation brings to the Operation. The project and technology will be introduced together with key learnings from the first 6months of operation.  

1:15-2:00 | Mining Fleet of the Future
With automation more readily available, the industry advancing towards zero-entry mining, and as battery technologies advance, many companies are seeing the benefits of moving towards more innovative technologies and systems to achieve goals such as carbon reduction, improving the working environment, and mining at greater depths. Like with anything else, there are opportunities but also challenges. How do you integrate a mixed fleet? How do you approach building a charging infrastructure? OEMs are working to enable the safe deployment of autonomous systems and BEVs. Learn from these innovators about what is working, what isn’t working, how to tackle specific aspects on implementation, and more.

Moderator: Andrew Scott, Lead Principal, Innovation Delivery, BHP

Confirmed panellists:

  • David Jacques, Vice President – Engineering, MacLean Engineering
  • Erik Svedlund, Global Business Manager Sustainability, Epiroc
  • Jouni Koppanen, Product Line Manager, Digital Mining Technologies, Sandvik
  • Per Hasselberg, Electromobility Special Projects Director, Volvo Trucks

Working Session
2:30-3:30 | Operational Readiness
What does it take for your mine to be ready to implement new technologies? Autonomous systems are complex, requiring those implementing them to integrate many layers of planning before deployment. The transition from diesel is bringing a new era of mine operations, and it requires a matrix of processes and considerations. What is it going to take to quickly bring in the future fleet into the mines? There are many different elements to figure out – mine planning, training, simulations, etc. Participants will define concrete approaches taking into consideration the following elements of operational readiness:

  • Technology and infrastructure
  • People
  • Processes
  • Safety and risks

Day 2

8:30-9:00 | Think & Act Differently
Andrew Scott, Lead Principal, Innovation Delivery, BHP

Abstract to come.

9:00-9:45 | Step Change in Collaboration
How can we make real change in the mining industry? There isn’t a playbook for how to meet the vision of tomorrow’s operations, but the clock is ticking. There will be no lone winners in this race; as an industry we need to collaborate like we never have before. Share successes and failures. Trial technologies and ideas. Pool resources and brain power. So how do we drive a step change in collaboration?

Moderator: Laura Mottola, GMG LATAM Co-Representative

Confirmed panellists:

Andrew Scott, Lead Principal, Innovation Delivery, BHP
Jan Nyqvist, Global Product Manager, Mine Automation Underground Mining, ABB
Mikael Ramström, Vice President R&D, Digital Solutions Division, Epiroc for NEXGEN SIMS
Peter Wallin, Research Leader Automation and Electrification, Boliden

Working Session
10:15-11:15 | Leveraging Beyond Best Practices
We often tend to focus on best practices in mining. But how can we learn from beyond best practice and from outside our industry? Things don’t always work out, despite our best efforts. In work, as in life, you succeed when you learn from your mistakes and failures. To propel a global industry forward, it is essential that we share misfires and look to other industries that are either further along the journey or that have achieved success altogether. We need to approach a situation differently if we want to achieve a different result. So, where do we start? How do we leverage what’s not working? Where do we begin to learn from outside our industry? Participants will build a plan to define how we can achieve this next-level learning.

11:15-11:45 | Pioneering a New Era of Mining Safety
Hans Wahlquist, Global Director Product Management (Mobilaris), Epiroc

The mining industry, characterized by its intricate processes and vast landscapes, is at the cusp of a revolutionary shift. Central to this transformation is digitalization. This conference speech will explore the multifaceted role of digital tools in increasing the everyday safety as well as orchestration of emergency situations. Hans will showcase what Epiroc can offer in the safety area. 

12:45-1:15 | Safeguarding Mining Productivity: Addressing Cybersecurity Risk in Product Development
Jarkko Holappa, Offering Cybersecurity Lead, Sandvik

Cybersecurity is not a concern only for IT environments and data protection but is recognized as an essential component for ensuring both safety and productivity. This presentation outlines aspects of how the operational cybersecurity risk can be addressed in the product development processes. The formulation of a offering cybersecurity strategy with its essential components is introduced. Furthermore, a case example is provided, illustrating the implementation of a secure software development lifecycle with experiences of practical steps taken. 

  • Cybersecurity aspects in ensuring safety and productivity
  • Building offering cybersecurity strategy 
  • Case example: Implementation of secure software development lifecycle

Open Discussion
1:15-2:00 | It Meets OT: Integration and Cybersecurity
IT/OT integration offers many benefits such as improved operational efficiency, real-time data analysis and streamlined decision-making, and reduced downtime, but it also comes with cybersecurity challenges such as legacy systems, supply chain vulnerabilities, and patch management. Coordination between your IT and OT departments is key to having secured operations. What do we need to know? Where do we start?

Facilitator: Andrew Scott, Lead Principal, Innovation Delivery, BHP

Working Session
2:30-3:30 | Driving Change in Operations
The pressure is on. Industry is striving to increase productivity with improved safety and environmental performance. New technologies are emerging and mining companies are committed to progress within the next few years. What will it take to be prepared to embrace new technologies and processes? How do we ensure our mines can maximize the value from potential investments? We need to work together and help build the new paradigm for mine operations. Participants will share what they are working towards and build the plans to address roadblocks on the path to mining differently. The outcomes will help define the collaboration priorities for 2024.