COVID-19 has accelerated existing trends in technology and better ESG practice
Digital leaders in the mining sector outperformed peers by two-to-three times over 2020 due to their ability to pivot faster toward remote operations, according to Accenture industry innovation and transformation managing director, Kathryn Jacobs.
She said there were two key areas where COVID has accelerated the ramp up of digitalisation: autonomous operations and remote operating centres; and increased interest in artificial intelligence.
In her conversation with Mining Journal research head Chris Cann from early this year, she also covers the increased connectivity throughout the value chain, an expanding stakeholder base demanding more responsibly sourced products, and balancing environmental, social and governance investment priorities against returns.
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