sustainable mining Articles

  • Sustainable mining

    It's imperative that natural resource industries adopt a proactive (even aggressive) approach to the disposal and management of their wastes. Operators must challenge themselves to raise the bar in terms of environmental performance not only to meet the expectations of regulators today (and investors and the general public), but in the future, when requirements will no doubt be even more ...

  • A roadmap for implementing sustainability in mining enterprises

    The mining industry recognises that sustainability issues define part of the new business reality, in which traditional business responses no longer fully satisfy the expectations of investors, communities, employees, and other stakeholders. Now, mining companies must implement sustainability programmes, at a minimum to appease stakeholders and keep pace with peers in the industry. Conversely, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • An empirical index to evaluate the sustainability of mining projects

    This paper describes a new experimental index (the Project Evaluation Index (PEI)), defined to evaluate mining projects. The methodology is based on the use of cash flow charts to calculate the net values of investment projects. The proposal is to apply this methodology not only to economic aspects but also to the social situation, in addition to environmental and associated risks, and creating ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Measuring sustainable development in industrial minerals mining

    This paper presents a set of SD indicators for mining with a specific focus on the extraction of industrial minerals. The proposed metrics are based on the International Council of Mining and Metals 10 SD Principles and are organised into a mining life cycle framework that includes four stages: 1) exploration and mining; 2) processing; 3) transportation and logistics; 4) markets. The goal of the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Sustainable development practices in mining sector: a GSCM approach

    Public interest on environment and ecology has grown manifolds due to rapid climate changes, environmental health hazards and energy crisis. This has drawn the attention of mass media, societies and governments to intensify pressure on organisations for transforming their process into eco–friendly process. Subsequently, organisations have been looking for developing models, algorithms, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Cleaner Production in the Mining Industry: Mount Isa Mines

    MIM Holdings Limited has implemented a program of innovations which has enabled the company to open a new mine and add new electricity-using activities while cutting total annual electricity use and carbon dioxide emissions. MIM has committed to the Australian Governmentís Greenhouse Challenge. This Federal and State Government sponsored initiative requires companies to reduce emissions of carbon ...


  • Energy Efficient Vertical Turbine Pumps Promote Sustainable Mining Efforts

    The computational fluid dynamics process advances highly efficient pump designs for difficult applications. Energy is a strategic input for the mining industry in Latin America and worldwide. Mining requires large amounts of energy, which drives up total operational costs. In Chile, mining companies consume 34 percent of the total energy produced in the country and spend approximately ...

  • Corporate sustainability management: a methodology and a case study in the mining and minerals sector

    This paper proposes an integrated approach to managing corporate sustainability along whole supply chains. The application of the approach is illustrated by a real case study of a company in the mining and minerals sector. The case study describes the main steps of the approach, including identification of sustainability issues, measurement and evaluation of sustainability performance, and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Top-down/bottom-up approach for developing sustainable development indicators for mining: application to the Arlit uranium mines (Niger)

    Mineral extraction is related to complex sustainable-development issues that are subject to international and local controversies. Debates and decisions need to be based on objective and comparative elements. Defining strong indicators for assessing impacts and performances of mining sites thus appears necessary to inform and support the decision-making process for stakeholders. In recent years, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Are mining waste disasters inevitable?

    On 5 November 2015 the dam of an iron ore tailings management facility in Bento Rodrigues, Brazil, suffered a catastrophic failure and flooded the area. The immediate consequences were dire: the accident killed at least 11 people, injured over a dozen more and left more than 500 people homeless. However, this is just the start: the environmental impact of the Bento Rodrigues dam disaster, with ...

  • The Sustainable Management of Metal-Rich Ecosystems: Lessons from an Historic Mining Area

    In the absence of human intervention the ecosystem that develops on an historic mining site adapts to tolerate the particular set of environmental conditions that the mining activity has created. Often this naturally developed ecosystem is of high biodiversity value because only a particular assemblage of organisms can survive on such a stressed site. Stresses may be due not just to high ...


    By Impact Ecology

  • Sewer mining - A hybrid solution

    Bord na Mona Environmental Products US Inc. provides wastewater treatment, water reuse and odor & voc abatement solutions for municipal, decentralized, residential and industrial applications including the PuraM® membrane bioreactor, PuraMax® MBBR, PuraSaf® submerged aerated filter, Puraflo® peat biofilter, rainwater harvesting and the MONASHELL® biofilter for H2S, odor and VOC ...

  • Deep sea mining — a dangerous experiment

    Pacific governments should not approve deep-sea mining until more is known about its likely impact, says conservation biologist Mellie Samson Jr. Deep sea mining (DSM) is the new frontier in extractive mining. For the companies involved, as well as the governments that own the mining rights, it offers substantial profits. However DSM is still experimental in nature, with ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Closures of mine a new challenge for Romania

    AbstractThe mining activity is one of the oldest activity in Romania, dating from the year 100 B.C. The gold and silver ores represented one of the riches of our country. In time the economic content of metals diminuend, and the ore mines become non profitable. Due to this situation the best option of the State was the closure and ecological rehabilitation of the mines.The steps for the ...


  • Europe’s Largest Mine Gas Plant

    GE Jenbacher has supplied 14 cogeneration systems to Europe’s largest coal mine gas plant, Fenne, which is owned by SaarEnergie and located in the district of Fenne near Saarbrücken, Germany, GE Energy announced at Hannover Messe 2004. The JMS 620 GS cogeneration systems produce more than 40 megawatts of electricity and nearly 41 megawatts of thermal energy. This coal mine gas plant ...

  • Sharing Best Practices in Mining Safety

          In the world of environmental, health and safety, sharing information can have an amazing ripple effect across an industry. It gives companies the ability to learn from the experiences of other companies. In some cases, this can be the difference between ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • Sharing Best Practices in Mining Safety

    In the world of environmental, health and safety, sharing information can have an amazing ripple effect across an industry. It gives companies the ability to learn from the experiences of other companies. In some cases, this can be the difference between life and death for workers, or it can prevent devastating environmental incidents. Overall, we are stronger when we work together towards EHS ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • Water Sustainability

    I7.1  | Water Optimization – 30% Groundwater Use Reduction Tabatha Pellerin, Senior Program Manager, AECOM AECOM assisted the Entergy Lewis Creek gas/coal fired electric power plant with water conservation efforts prompted by a goal of 30% ...

  • Sulfide Tails Management Within the Framework of Sustainable Development in Mineral Sand Mines—The Case Study of Sierra Rutile Ltd.

    The study discussed here assessed Sierra Rutile Ltd.’s (SRL’s) water-cover sulfide tails management method. Monthly and quarterly water samples from SRL’s Sulfide Tails Pond (STP), Total Tails Pond (TTP), and the Titan Domestic Pond (TDP) were analyzed for 15 months. Results indicated acceptable quality for the STP. From Student’s t-test analysis, it was found that the ...

  • Evaluating the level and nature of sustainable development of a mining operation: a new approach using the ideas of coupled environment?human systems

    Sustainable mining is a key goal of the mining industry in order to address the associated impacts of mining. However, there have been challenges in implementing often confused and conflicting anthropocentric definitions of sustainable development. Consequently, this paper presents the application of a mathematical model of sustainable development to a quantitatively-based Environmental Impact ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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