James Agar, Matthew Callachor and Geraldine Slattery at the MoU signing

BHP and Toyota Australia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which signifies the strengthening of their collaboration to enact safety and decarbonisation strategies, including the electrification of BHP’s Australian light vehicle fleet. 

A primary objective of the collaboration is to work together across safety, engineering and product development teams focussed on safety in light vehicles design and future state technologies and challenges.

Furthermore, the collaboration is designed to support BHP in its objective to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2030. By leveraging the combined expertise of Toyota and BHP, both companies are committed to achieving this important target.

President and CEO of Toyota Australia, Matthew Callachor, welcomed the collaboration, recognising the strong partnership forged between the two brands.

“BHP is a key player in Australia’s export industry, and Toyota Australia is delighted to announce this collaboration which is designed to enhance safety measures at BHP’s Australian worksites and reduce vehicle operation and other CO² emissions on BHP sites,” Mr Callachor said.

Through this MoU, BHP will gain access to the knowledge and resources of Toyota’s expert engineering teams across Australia and globally, and aims to support BHP in realising its broader decarbonisation goals.

The two companies will also collaborate on a decarbonisation journey map that will look at a range of options and alternative technologies to develop a comprehensive strategy that aims to achieve agreed targets.

BHP President Australia, Geraldine Slattery, said that a major part of BHP’s strategy to decarbonise its operations is the electrification of its Australian fleet of 5,000 light vehicles.

“Collaborating with leading suppliers like Toyota shows our clear commitment to developing shared solutions for a safer and more sustainable future,” Ms Slattery said. 

BHP Group Procurement Officer, James Agar, emphasised the importance of successful partnerships.

“Combining our engineering expertise and resources with Toyota is a terrific example of the approach we are taking with major suppliers to develop new technologies that will improve our safety and sustainability,” Mr Agar said. 

“It’s an exciting project and there’s plenty of work to do, but we’re up for the challenge and we look forward to seeing what we can do together.”

Once completed, the capabilities developed through the partnership are expected to provide a blueprint for other organisations seeking to safely electrify their light vehicle fleets and contribute to decarbonisation.

Featured image: (L-R) James Agar, Matthew Callachor and Geraldine Slattery at the MoU signing. Image credit: BHP.

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