Life-of-resource sustainability considerations for mining

Giurco, D, Prior, T, Mason, L, Mohr, S and Mudd, G 2012, 'Life-of-resource sustainability considerations for mining', Australian Journal of Civil Engineering, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 47-56.

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Title Life-of-resource sustainability considerations for mining
Author(s) Giurco, D
Prior, T
Mason, L
Mohr, S
Mudd, G
Year 2012
Journal name Australian Journal of Civil Engineering
Volume number 10
Issue number 1
Start page 47
End page 56
Total pages 10
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Abstract Mining in Australia is booming. Notwithstanding, production conditions are progressively transitioning from the mining of "cheaper, easily accessible and higher quality ores" to "lower grade, more remote, complex and expensive ores". Sustainability discussions in the minerals industry have largely sought to improve the social and environmental performance of individual operations, including planning for closure. However, the national implications of a change in the circumstances underpinning the current prosperity of mining are underexplored. This paper uses a peak minerals metaphor to map "life-of-resource" environmental and social considerations, pre-and post-peak production, at local and national scales. An examination of how the social and environmental impacts change, over the life of a resource's extraction, is used to inform strategies for the role of technological and policy innovation in underpinning long-term national benefit from minerals in Australia.
Subject Environmental Engineering not elsewhere classified
Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Sustainability
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Copyright notice © Institution of Engineers Australia, 2012
ISSN 1448-8353
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