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Mining sector ups the ante on sustainability

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Environment Analyst’s Nick Cottam finds out how mining companies are emerging from the downturn, taking sustainability and decarbonisation more seriously than ever.

It’s been three years since we last reviewed opportunities in the sector - when the market was still highly depressed by the rout in commodity prices, making cost-effective solutions and prioritised decision-making the order of the day (EA 19-Nov-15). But since then there have been some significant developments.

Not least is the International Council on Mining & Metals’ introduction of a new series of ‘performance expectations’ - in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, as well as its own core membership principles - designed to set a benchmark for sustainable and responsible mining. We look at how mining firms and their consultants are tackling key issues such as emissions reduction, water scarcity and community engagement.

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In this special Insight Report you will discover through our industry commentators' viewpoints and case study examples:

  • Where the sector has made the most progress on sustainability and environmental management of late - and where it could do much better
  • How the ICMM’s 38 performance expectations will raise the bar for EHS and sustainability management practice, both for mining majors and smaller companies/projects
  • How automation and other hi-tech solutions are leading to some unexpected collaborative partnerships with parties outside of the mining industry
  • How carbon pricing is increasingly coming into play in some countries as sustainability drivers and business drivers increasingly converge
  • Expectations around the most pressing sustainability priorities for mining companies over the next five years

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