May 20, 2020

BHP look to renewable energy to power Chilean mines

Prateek V
2 min
BHP look to renewable energy to power Chilean mines

It was recently announced that a new climate change initiative to desalinate groundwater and replace fossil fuels within two major copper mines in Chile.

BHP has announced its intention to push two of its copper mines, in Escondia and Spence, Chile, towards renewable energy sources. Four contracts were signed that will see the fossil-fuel-powered operations switch to renewable sources by the mid-2020’s, with no solid date set as yet.

The company announced the plans on 21 October that will see the world’s largest copper mine in Escondida transform itself as the pressure from global media to tackle climate change mounts. Shareholders have been leveraging this pressure against BHP and during last week more than one-in-five shareholders backed a call for the company to resign its membership to any organisations that did not fully support and comply with the Paris Agreement.


The Paris Agreement has outlined the expectations for a range of industries regarding the attitudes and actions being taken towards the revitalisation of our ailing environment. With the backing of 55 UNFCCC organisations, accounting for 55% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, the agreement has called for signatories to drastically reduce their environmental impact. 2025 and 2030 have often been the dates cited by the 185 countries to have submitted measures to the committee. 

The president of BHP mineral, Daniel Malchuk said the new contracts would see the emissions generated by the pair of mining operations fall by 20% and the company expects this to alleviate 3m tonnes of carbon pollution by the end of the project.

 “These contracts are practical examples of our commitment to social value that are linked to a sound business case,” Malchuk said.

Carbon emissions are not the only front for climate change that BHP is taking a lead on. The company has also said it would look to reduce its impact on groundwater resources and intends to invest US$4bn in desalination facilities at Escondia. Desalination would see salts, minerals and pollutants being taken out of the water before it is put back into the environment or reused for commercial or private purposes.

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Jul 24, 2021

Amobee Appoints Nick Brien As CEO

Elise Leise
2 min
Nick Brien, a CEO with a proven advertising track record, will help Amobee achieve digital growth

In its latest strategic move, Amobee—a global multimedia advertising leader—announced that Nick Brien will be its Chief Executive Officer. The company is entirely owned by Singtel, Asia’s leading communications technology organisation, which provides consumers with mobile, broadband, and TV and businesses with data hosting, cloud, network infrastructure, analytics, and cybersecurity tools. 

Brien, who has worked for Microsoft, Intel, P&G, and American Express, will take over to drive the next generation of advertising tech. Said Evangelos Simoudis, Chairman of the Board of Amobee: ‘Nick has the deep expertise in advertising that we need to seize the market opportunities ahead’. 

How Did Brien Get Here? 

Before joining Amobee, Brien led 15,000 people across 40 divisions as CEO of the Americas for Dentsu International. For thirty years, he’s helped brands pilot unique advertisements, keeping up with the latest trends. He’s served as CEO of McCann Worldgroup, global CEO of IPG Mediabrands, President of Hearst Marketing Services, and CEO of iCrossing. Over the course of his career, he’s consistently strategised how to keep up with digital shifts. Now, he’ll capitalise on Amobee’s legions of experienced data scientists and developers. 

‘I’m excited to be joining Amobee at such a transformative time in our industry’, Brien explained. ‘We’ll pilot advertising accountability and intelligent decisioning. And there’s no doubt in my mind that optimising media performance—whether you’re targeting, planning, buying, or delivering—can only be achieved using applied science, machine learning, and data analytics’. 

What Does This Mean for Amobee? 

Amobee is set on growing its personal brand within the advertising sector. As APAC social media influencers, Gen Z growth hackers, and viral content producers start to enter the field, established companies will be working doubly hard to keep up. Amobee, however, is still looking good. With a Gartner Magic Quadrant for Ad Tech, a Forrester New Wave recognition, and now, Nick Brien as CEO, the firm is set up for success. 

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