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Vale joins with U of Toronto for future sustainable mining

Company invests $1.6M over a three year period for research to focus on decarbonization and the energy transition economy
Deshnee Naidoo, Executive Vice President of Vale Energy Transition Metals, spoke at a Vale event in Sudbury last October.

Vale has announced a partnership with the University of Toronto to "drive innovation, build resilient communities and accelerate the next generation of sustainable critical mineral projects.”

The initiative was announced this week in Toronto at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) annual convention.

Vale, which describes itself as a "leading global supplier of nickel, copper, cobalt and platinum group metals" said it will contribute an initial $1.6 million (Canadian) over three years to the university, with a focus on decarbonization and the energy transition economy. 

The partnership between the U of T and Vale’s Energy Transition Metals division will include sponsored research projects, training, professional development and community engagement mechanisms, said a company news release.

Vale also called the project a first of its kind partnership aimed at finding sustainable mining solutions and to foster Canadian skills and talent.

"This multi-year, strategic partnership is an important catalyst to accelerate and expand our portfolio of decarbonization efforts and circular mining knowledge," said Deshnee Naidoo, Executive Vice President of Vale Energy Transition Metals.

"For Vale, it means working in close co-operation with leading minds and researchers across a global network to drive innovation, expand the skills of our people and provide new ways to link to the communities where we operate," Naidoo added.

Ontario Minister of Mines George Pirie said he was pleased to see Vale leading the research for critical minerals.

"We have the greatest mining companies in the world operating in Ontario and Vale is another example of a company that is leading when it comes to critical minerals research and development. As our government works to secure the supply chain for Ontario, we need industry to step up with new initiatives and that is exactly what Vale is doing," said Pirie.



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