• Engaging with effective governance

      Giving South African municipalities access to the tools and technologies it needs to thrive, was the driving force behind BCX SOLAR. Giving South African municipalities access to the tools and technologies it needs to thrive, was the driving force behind BCX SOLAR.

      Mining Sector

      Increase productivity & build a culture of innovation

      Financial Sector

      Meet the challenges of disruption & cyber security

      Healthcare Sector

      Empower your patients & leverage data by deploying customised solutions

      Retail Sector

      Embrace the changing retail landscape & know your customer

      Government Sector

      Use digital transformation to grow the economy & build capacity

      Industries Overview >

    • Cloud
      Reimagine success

      Accelerate your business ambitions with cloud computing solutions from BCX.

      Digital Innovation Awards

      BCX Digital Innovation Awards

      Cloud

      Computing for today & the future

      Digital Transformation

      Intelligent systems upgrading

      Analytics

      Data that works for you

      Applications

      Tools to streamline operations

      Services

      Strategies for efficient ICT
      Healthcare Solutions

      Healthcare Solutions

      Applications for healthcare
      BCX ERP Solutions

      SOLAR ERP Solutions

      Connect, integrate, and optimise

      Security

      Protection for your critical systems

      Devices

      Processes & network foundations

      Connectivity

      Connections within & without

      Partners

      Partnerships moving business forward
      BCX HR and Payroll

      HR and Payroll Solutions

      Everything to manage people & payroll

      Solutions Overview >

    • Our Offices
      BCX Head Office
      1021 Lenchen Avenue North
      Centurion, Gauteng
      South Africa
      0157
      Botswana

      Botswana

      Mozambique

      Mozambique

      Namibia

      Namibia

      Zambia

      Zambia

      UK

      United Kingdom

      Our Global Footprint Overview >

    • Speak To An Expert
      We'll need just a few details from you, and one of our specialists will be in touch as soon as possible.
      BCX HEAD OFFICE

      Employee Entrance:

      1021 Lenchen Avenue North
      Centurion
      Gauteng
      South Africa
      0157

      Visitors Entrance:

      1266 South Road
      Centurion
      Gauteng
      South Africa
      0157
Digital transformation reimagines sustainability for the mining sector
Home > Digital transformation reimagines sustainability for the mining sector

Digital transformation reimagines sustainability for the mining sector

13 June, 2024
The mining industry is at an inflection point, seeking a balance between growth and sustainability that asks for innovation and ingenuity to ensure companies remain relevant, compliant, and scalable.

The mining sector seeks sustainability. It is more than just scale in operations and growth within turbulent times, it is a focus on a new foundation that allows for companies within this volatile and mercurial sector to meet regulatory expectations while staying ahead of stakeholder and market demands. PwC believes that it is digital transformation that’s the key to building this foundation – a non-negotiable that takes mines out from under the complexity of legacy infrastructure and into a space where they have richer control over safety, health, security, production, workflows, and processes. 

It is also technology and its innovative capabilities that has shifted the investment conversation for many mines within the region. A recent analysis in Engineering News found that companies prioritising sustainable mining practices are seeing the benefits across investment opportunities and global attention. Investor appetites, says the SA Mine 2023 report, are shifting away from less environmentally friendly practices and commodities. The reality for the sector is that sustainability is much more than the sum of its environmental benefit parts. It is a global movement that demands companies pay attention to how they approach it and ensure they achieve it over the long and the short term. And South African organisations are doing just that. As evidenced by projects led by Seriti, Exxaro and Anglo American – all making investments into renewable energies. 

However, there is a challenge. There is a shortfall of energy minerals as demand increases with many mines already facing complexities when it comes to meeting demand. They sit at an inflection point – how can they meet demand without compromising on their sustainability agendas? In addition, companies are trying to find the best possible route to ensuring they meet sustainability targets and a focused reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The sector, already dealing with infrastructural challenges and relentless political and economic instability, can’t be blamed for wanting benefits in addressing sustainability, for asking the question – how can they make sustainability profitable?

There is a link missing. What do mines need to join the dots together? The conversations are ongoing, but many leaders in the industry find there has been very little progress. Mines are ultimately here to make money, but they have the very clear intention of doing so while following best practice and focusing on the core values of sustainability, GHG reduction, employee health and safety. 

The link, for BCX, is in taking a consolidated approach while leveraging the right technologies so digital can find the synergies and overcome the complexities. With digital transformation, the mining sector can move away from fragmented approaches to sustainability and optimisation using data, analytics, automation, and AI solutions that can refine operations and processes in measurable ways. Technology also helps mines to move out of siloed operations and share data that can then fundamentally reimagine sustainability goals – the lack of visibility impacts on profit, outcomes, energy consumption and asset usage. 

Digital transformation allows for mines to consolidate processes and operations, digitise processes, refine reporting, identify stakeholders, and reverse engineer outcomes. With visibility through data and insights, mines can identify areas that are delivering exceptional performance and use the information to then carry those benefits across to other areas of the business. Reporting allows for measuring, which allows for strategic optimisation and for sustainability to move away from just another conversation towards improving profit margins, investor confidence, and innovation. 

Share

SPEAK TO AN EXPERT

 We'll just need a few details from you, and one of our specialists will be in touch.

Consent
Please read our Privacy Statement & Consent Clause to understand what happens to your personal information.

RELATED POSTS