BHP joins forces with Japan’s PPES, TCC to create green electric vehicle ecosystem


Mining giant BHP has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Japan’s Prime Planet Energy & Solutions (PPES) and Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC) under which the three companies will work together to create a green electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem that will enhance sustainability, recyclability and traceability.

PPES – one of Japan’s largest lithium-ion battery producers – is a joint venture between Toyota and Panasonic Corporation, whereas TTC is a general trading company that is part of the Toyota group.

As part of the agreement, BHP will supply PPES with nickel sulphate from its recently constructed Nickel West facility in Western Australia, enabling it to develop lower carbon batteries that will be supplied to EV manufacturers, including Toyota.

The agreement will also see Toyota Motor Corporation Australia (TMCA) and Nickel West collaborate on EV supply on the back of an EV trial agreement signed in December 2020.

BHP Chief Commercial Officer, Vandita Pant, said the three companies have agreed to seek to identify ways to make the Japanese battery supply chain more sustainable by lowering carbon emissions in battery value chains.

She said the parties will also explore the possibility of recycling battery scrap and used batteries at BHP’s Nickel West for further processing and production of nickel bearing products.

“Creating a Green EV Ecosystem is something that could make a real difference for the battery supply chain,” Ms Pant continued.

“Together with PPES and TTC, we are taking the next step in creating a more sustainable, transparent industry and one that is working collectively to lift standards and reduce emissions.

“It starts with the raw material and we are delighted to supply PPES with nickel sulphate in this partnership where we will work together, with TTC, to create long term success and sustainability.”

PPES President and CEO, Hiroaki Koda, said the parties also intend to identify ways to implement standards for end-to-end raw materials traceability, ethical sourcing and human rights reporting.

“I am delighted that we share the same values and have taken initiatives as “One Team” towards realizing a carbon-free green society,” Mr Koda stated.

“We will work towards optimizing the overlapping value chains to be more competitive and to continuously improve efficiency in our related operations.

“To make this happen, we would like to introduce the Kaizen concept moving forward, and together with reducing the carbon footprint in operations such as through electric mining vehicles.

“Our partnership is quite unique and advanced, as we could achieve both competitiveness and green business while securing a win-win relationship.”

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