How Lubrication Can Help Reduce Your Mine’s Environmental Impact

CIM Vancouver 2016
Mr Gregory BPeters (Mining Sector Specialist - Fuels & Lubricants)
One of the greatest challenges facing mining companies today is balancing productivity with managing the environmental impact of their operations.

Though companies utilize a variety of tactics to minimize their environmental footprint, one of the most overlooked opportunities is equipment lubrication. Knowing what lubrication factors to assess can result in insights that lead to meaningful improvements to your operation’s sustainability, including a possible reduction in emissions. For example, using higher quality lubricants can potentially deliver significant energy efficiency benefits in both mobile and rotating equipment. Also, utilizing expert technical services can result in improvements to your maintenance program, as well as reduced oil consumption and waste oil disposal.

Imperial has decades of experience helping mining companies achieve their environmental goals. For example, Imperial helped an open pit mining operation switch to higher performance lubricants, resulting in a reduction of engine oil consumption, which helped reduce waste oil disposal and improve fuel economy, leading to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Drawing on these experiences, this paper will outline the crucial role lubrication can play in reducing the environmental impact of mining operations, as well as specific strategies mining companies can employ to address environmental-related gaps in their lubrication program.

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