As technologically challenging electrification is for mining’s future, the industry’s social contracts with labor and local communities represent perhaps the greatest test. Electrification, automation, virtual twins, robotics, and data analyses are pointless without people. Recruiting employees skilled in digital technologies is important, but mining needs men and women who are committed to a company’s broader mission and proud of the work they do. Mining needs good relationships with communities and governments where companies operate around the world.
According to the 2020 report, much of the technology for full electrification of mine sites is available today; however, a significant knowledge gap exists about how, exactly, to implement this capability. Recruiting talent can address that problem.
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