Dec 2017 Exxaro

Our challenge is to reduce emissions whilst providing affordable energy amid environmental and regulatory issues and higher labour costs. How do we do all of this and still remain profitable?

A good place to start is by paying attention to the emerging and future industry trends, across the quadruple bottom-line (People, Planet, Profit, Progress)


People
Quality of life

1. Prioritise health and wellness (such as project-based work, flexi-hours, remote work).
2. System and process automation to reduce risk of injury.
3. Career flexibility vs. stability and tenure in the gig-economy*.
4. Design modern workspaces that encourage cross-functional work and benefit health and wellbeing.
  See how the new Lakeside development is built for this purpose

 

* A gig economy is one in which temporary positions are common and organisations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements. The trend toward a gig economy has begun.

Planet
Sustainable Ecosystems

1. Don’t go it alone! Collaborate and build extended industry partnerships with vendors - and even competitors.
2. Re-earn the social licence to operate by improving stakeholder relations to foster community trust.
3. Adopt an integrated approach to reporting to ensure transparency and strengthen compliance and disclosure practices.
  See how PGC facilitates this.

Profit
Competitive productivity

1. Improve shareholder returns by investing in the long-term future
  See how conducting feasibility studies empowers Exxaro with the information to extend its project pipeline.
2. Employ advanced processing techniques and control systems to counter in-situ coal deterioration
  See how our projects BIP, TIPP and GG6 are leading this development.
3. Innovation in coal preparation for maximum utilisation of coal reserves.
  Read how GDIP facilitates discard utilisation for this purpose.
4. Get coal from the mine to the markets, fast and inexpensively
  Read how GGLOS is enabling higher coal volumes at quicker speeds.

Progress
Adaptive Innovation

1. Explore coal upgrading technologies that could reduce the CO2 emissions by as much as 30%–40%!
2. Use intelligent equipment and centralised equipment resourcing to reduce costs and prevent safety incidents: think driverless equipment with sensors and advanced analytics.
  Read how construction partner Sandvik is leading this revolution.
3. Make potential digital revolution gains a reality by embedding digital thinking, processes and structures into the entire organisation.
  Read how IM Innovation is doing this.

Intelligent equipment: The super tipper truck is one of the many next-gen technologies for the industry.

 

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