Glencore Canada gets federal funding boost for all electric mining fleet at Onaping Depth

Canada’s pollution pricing system creates incentives for industries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, drives innovation and sustainable business practices, and fosters a cleaner, more environmentally responsible future.

Through the Decarbonization Incentive Program, the Government of Canada returns a portion of the proceeds collected from the federal pollution price on large industrial emitters to support clean technology projects. It says this funding will enable eligible facilities to achieve greater energy efficiency, adopt sustainable solutions, and reduce their emissions to help build a low‑carbon world.

On May 10, on behalf of the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Marc G. Serré, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and to the Minister of Official Languages, and Viviane Lapointe, Member of Parliament for Sudbury, funding of up to C$11 million from industrial pollution pricing proceeds was announced for Glencore Canada Corporation to replace diesel-powered machinery with battery electric-powered equipment at the Craig Mine Onaping Depth nickel-copper project in Ontario. The fully implemented underground project will result in a reduction of over 5,500 t of greenhouse gas emissions in 2030.

When using diesel-powered machinery in a mine, fresh air must be provided to the workplace by a ventilation system to ensure pollutants from diesel combustion do not build up to harmful levels, and to cool the workplace. This project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and heat generation caused by the diesel-powered equipment, providing workers and surrounding communities with a safer, cleaner, and healthier environment.

The Onaping Depth fleet includes a 23-strong Epiroc electric fleet comprising Minetruck MT42 Battery underground trucks, Boomer E2 Battery development drills (pictured on-site) and Scooptram ST14 SG loaders as well as Simba production drilling rigs plus Cabletec and Boltec rock reinforcement machines. MacLean Engineering was selected to supply BEV utility machines including Boom Trucks and TM3 Transmixer EVs; with Kovatera supplying BEV personnel carriers.

By reinvesting pollution pricing proceeds in businesses, the Government of Canada says it is supporting their efforts to transition to lower-cost, renewable energy sources. It states: “Ultimately, this will benefit Canadians and communities across the nation, as cleaner air and reduced emissions contribute to improved health and well-being for all citizens. The Government of Canada remains committed to addressing climate change and recognises the leadership role that industries play in driving meaningful environmental solutions. Through partnerships and projects like these ones, the Government of Canada can accelerate collective efforts to build a sustainable and prosperous future for all Canadians.”

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change said: “Every sector of Canada’s economy needs to contribute to the climate fight by reducing carbon emissions. It is the right thing to do for our health, the health of our planet, and the health of Canada’s economy. Through the Decarbonization Incentive Program, we are empowering Canadian corporations to lead the way in fighting climate change. This investment in Glencore Canada Corporation’s project to cut pollution demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to fostering innovative climate solutions and collaborating with Canada’s industrial sectors as we build a low-carbon world. Together, we can create a cleaner, healthier, and more prosperous future for all Canadians, including our children and grandchildren.”

“This federal investment will positively benefit the environment, protect workers from harmful pollution, and help Canada reach its net-zero goals. I commend Glencore for their continued commitment to reducing emissions and prioritising projects like this one. Northern Ontario’s mining sector continues to be a leader the green energy transition! Congratulations to all, I look forward to seeing the positive impacts at the Craig Onaping Depth mining expansion project,” said Marc G. Serré, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and to the Minister of Official Languages.

“The Decarbonization Incentive Program enables industries, like mining, to foster a cleaner, more sustainable approach to resource extraction, while also paving the way for a greener future. This program encourages industry leaders to innovate and reduce their carbon footprint, demonstrating that responsible industry practices can lead to economic growth and prosperity. I applaud Glencore Canada for being a leader in our transition to a low carbon future and creating a more sustainable future for Sudbury,” said Viviane Lapointe, Member of Parliament for Sudbury.

“We are grateful to be recognised for merits and awarded Decarbonization Incentive Program funding from the federal government. This significant funding will help accelerate the adoption of green battery electric vehicle technology at our Craig Mine Onaping Depth Project, which is currently under construction. Transitioning to electric mining vehicles reduces greenhouse gas emissions from mining machinery and mine ventilation and supports not only Glencore’s climate change goals and targets, but also municipal, provincial, and federal climate change plans,” said Peter Xavier, Vice President, Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations.