Many of the topics discussed at the Energy and Mines World Congress earlier this month would have been borderline laughable just a few short years ago. For example, a panel of senior mine executives considered which milestone would likely be achieved first: fully electric mines, decarbonized fleets or 100-percent-renewable-energy-powered operations. The fact that a topic like this was being seriously debated is a reflection of just how much both the renewable energy and mining industries have evolved in recent years. While large companies that mine for the likes of gold, copper, lithium and cobalt have increasingly voiced the importance of lowering their carbon emissions, pure economics is the real driver behind interest in solar, wind and energy storage.
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