Neste supplies renewable diesel for Rio Tinto mine in California
Rio Tinto US Borax Mine in Boron, California. Source: Rio Tinto
Finland’s Neste Oyj (HEL:NESTE) said Friday it is supplying renewable diesel for miner Rio Tinto Ltd (ASX:RIO) to switch all of its heavy machinery at the US Borax mine in Boron, California, away from fossil diesel.
The move allows Rio Tinto to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in support of its decarbonisation targets, with Neste hoping that others in the mining industry will follow suit.
The transition covers all the heavy machinery at the mine, including haul trucks, loaders and blasting equipment. It follows a trial carried out in 2022 in partnership with Neste and Rolls-Royce, where a haul truck using mtu engines from Rolls-Royce fueled by Neste MY Renewable Diesel showed similar performance and reliability as trucks powered by fossil diesel.
“The transition at Boron is an important first step and will undoubtedly lead to further opportunities to decarbonise our global operations. Renewable diesel is one of several sustainability solutions that Rio Tinto is using to transform its businesses,” commented Sinead Kaufman, chief executive, minerals, at Rio Tinto.