Rio Tinto will expand its safe production system beyond five pilot sites aimed at improving targeted bottlenecks, according to the company’s quarterly report.
In October, the company announced the deployment of the Rio Tinto Safe Production System (RTSPS) at five pilot sites, focusing on the sustainable unlocking of capacity through the system.
Rio Tinto has a much larger program planned for 2022, subject to the constraints of COVID-19, with the RTSPS deployment of up to 30 deployments at 15 sites as well as up to 80 rapid improvement projects
“We are seeing some positive early results from the implementation of Rio Tinto’s safe production system, which we will significantly accelerate in 2022, as we continue to work hard to improve our operational performance to become the best operator,” said said the chief executive of Rio Tinto. said Officer Jakob Stausholm.
The company also recorded its third consecutive year with no fatalities across all of its managed operations, despite the heightened safety risks that COVID-19 has brought to day-to-day processes.
The company is working hard with its partners to achieve the same results in unmanaged assets and marine operations.
“In 2021, we continued to experience strong demand for our products as operating conditions remained challenging, including due to prolonged disruptions from COVID-19,” Stausholm said.
“Despite this, we have advanced a number of our projects, including the Pilbara replacement mines, underscoring the resilience of the business as well as the commitment and flexibility of our employees, communities and host governments.”
Rio Tinto became a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, which includes global sustainability leaders identified by S&P Global, representing the top 10% of the largest 2,500 companies in the criteria-based S&P Global Wide Market Index environmental, social and governance. (ESG).
In October, the company also announced a partnership with BHP and Fortescue Metals Group to fund innovative, industry-first apprenticeship programs as part of an ongoing commitment to mining-free workplaces. sexual harassment, bullying and racism.
“In the fourth quarter, we set a new direction for the business and announced a number of partnerships focused on decarbonizing the value chain of our products, including green steel,” Stausholm said.
“These actions will allow us to continue to deliver attractive returns to shareholders, invest in maintaining and growing our portfolio and advancing our ambition to achieve net zero carbon emissions.”