Green Mining: An oxymoron or an opportunity

CIM Montreal 2015
Janice Zinck (CANMET - Mining and Mineral Sciences Laboratories)
Canada is one of the largest mining nations in the world, producing more than 60 minerals and metals. The industry contributes significantly to Canada’s economy specifically ~50 billion dollars annually to the GDP. Canadian mining companies recognize that their social license to operate comes with responsibility for social and environmental stewardship, in Canada and abroad. While there has been significant progress in this area, recent innovation opens the door to increased performance. There are proven technologies to advance the environmental performance at various stages of development and implementation, while providing an economic advantage. Green mining is just that; the development and application of technologies and processes that maximize environmental performance while maintaining competitiveness throughout the entire mining cycle from exploration through to post closure. This presentation will discuss advances in green mining and showcase opportunities for greening the industry with a focus on resource extraction, processing, decommissioning and closure.
Keywords: innovation, competitiveness, green mining, environmental performance
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