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Environmental News

300-plus vehicle fleets assessed for cleaner, safer mine mobility in five regions – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2021 As part of the cleaner, safer vehicles initiative of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), more than 300 vehicle fleets have this year been assessed for cleaner, safer mobility on more than 300 mines in five regions globally, ICMM health, safety and product stewardship director... 

Congo picks Australia's Fortescue to develop giant hydro project

By: Reuters     15th June 2021 Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC's) government said on Tuesday Fortescue Metals Group would develop the Grand Inga hydroelectric power project, including a 4,800-megawatt dam that has already been committed to Chinese and Spanish developers. Australia's Fortescue confirmed earlier on Tuesday... 

Congo picks Australia's Fortescue to develop giant hydro project
Andrew Forrest

Aus firms up zero-carbon partnership with Japan

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th June 2021 Australia and Japan have jointly committed to support initiatives to help drive a transition to net zero emissions, Australian Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor announced this week. “Japan and Australia consider a technology-led response is critical to reducing greenhouse gas... 

South African coal supply to fall off coal cliff from 2025 onwards – Jones 

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2021 South African coal supply is set to fall off a coal-cliff from 2025 onwards, African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones said on Monday. In response to Mining Weekly, Jones cited the three main factors that would cause South African coal supply to plummet as: 

South African coal supply to fall off coal cliff from 2025 onwards – Jones
Coal stockpiling at Mpumalanga coal mine.

White House highlights manganese as potential preferred battery element contender 

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2021 The White House document on revitalising American manufacturing and fostering broad-based economic growth pays particular attention to South Africa as the world’s largest supplier of manganese, and to manganese as a potential preferred battery element contender, Mining Weekly can today report.... 

White House highlights manganese as potential preferred battery element contender
Photo by Creamer Media
The White House on building supply chains.

Exploration geologists, coal reserves, outperforming companies make headlines   

11th June 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses why exploration geologists in Africa need to be allowed to help find new metals and minerals; an opportunity to create new jobs by mining coal reserves in an environmentally correct manner; and mining companies that do their best for the environment... 

Exploration geologists, coal reserves, outperforming companies make headlines
Exploration geologists, coal reserves, outperforming companies make headlines

Investors with $41tr ask G7 to stop subsidising fossil fuels

By: Bloomberg     10th June 2021 A coalition of investors overseeing a combined $41-trillion of assets have called on world leaders to set more ambitious greenhouse-gas emissions targets and end support for fossil fuels. DWS Group, Legal and General Investment Management and Pacific Investment Management Co were among 457... 

Student research helps improve biodiversity at Rio’s Bingham mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th June 2021 A partnership between Rio Tinto Kennecott and the Brigham Young University (BYU) has started bearing fruit for improved reclamation at the Bingham Canyon mine, in Utah, in the US. The mine is one of the largest man-made openpit excavations in the world, having produced more than 20-million tons... 

Santos one of govt's CCS fund winners

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th June 2021 The federal government has announced the six new carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) projects that would share A$50-million in funding. Oil and gas major Santos has been awarded up to A$15-million in funding towards the low-cost capture and storage of carbon emitted from its Moomba liquefied... 

Santos one of govt's CCS fund winners

New Moody’s scores to reflect ESG risks

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th June 2021 Ratings agency Moody’s has published environmental, social and governance (ESG) issuer profile and credit impact scores for various rated issuers in the global metals and mining sector. This follows on the agency’s publication of ESG scores for a range of corporate issuers, utilities and US... 

Mining firms with higher ESG ratings outperform market – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2021 Mining companies with higher environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings outperformed the broader market during the peak of the Covid-19 crisis, delivering 34% average total shareholder return over the past three years — ten percentage points higher than the general market index,  PwC... 

Mining firms with higher ESG ratings outperform market – PwC
PwC Mine 2021 Report covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd

Woodside sets new carbon targets for Pluto

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th June 2021 Oil and gas major Woodside has set new emission reduction targets at its Pluto liquefied natural gas (LNG) project. Woodside on Tuesday revealed that under its Wood contemporized Pluto Greenhouse Gas Abatement program (GGAP), the company has set an interim target to abate 30% of emissions by... 

Anglo responds to dossier on coal demerging, Thungela shares fall 

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2021 The provision of R6.45-billion on the balance sheet of the demerged Thungela thermal coal company is over and above the regulatory guidance for miners in South Africa, is in accordance with IFRS and audited, and consistent with the provisioning norms within the industry. This was stated to Mining... 

Anglo responds to dossier on coal demerging, Thungela shares fall
Clouds over environmental liabilities.

Air classifiers replacing wet classification in quarries

By: Claire O'Reilly     4th June 2021 Pressure on the quarrying industry and mining sector to reduce water consumption is at an all-time high, resulting in an increased shift towards quarries’ moving away from wet classification technology towards dry classification technology, such as the Fisher Air Separator (FAS), this is... 

Air classifiers replacing wet classification in quarries
PORTABLE FISHER AIR SEPARATOR UNIT Waterless classification system used on quarries

NMP hosts informative workshops as court case is again postponed

By: Donna Slater     3rd June 2021 While it awaits the outcome of a once again postponed court case, Namibia Marine Phosphate (NMP) has completed a series of online information workshops that sought to inform potential future employees and members of the community about progress being made into its intended Sandpiper marine... 

Hot prices pervading commodities market, CRU tells Junior Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd June 2021 Price hotness is pervading the commodities market, CRU senior analyst Clare Hanna said on Tuesday, when she addressed the second and final day of the Junior Indaba. Speaking on ‘what’s hot and what’s not’, Hanna said almost all commodities were at the higher-than-15% level. (Also watch attached... 

Hot prices pervading commodities market, CRU tells Junior Indaba
CRU senior analyst Clare Hanna at Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Renewables to take lion’s share of energy investment in 2021, but still falling short of net-zero goal

By: Terence Creamer     2nd June 2021 Renewables projects are expected to account for 70% of a record $820-billion in new power generation investment in 2021, as global electricity deployments exceed those of oil and gas for the sixth year in a row. Nevertheless, a new International Energy Agency (IEA) report warns that energy... 

Renewables to take lion’s share of energy investment in 2021, but still falling short of net-zero goal

Miners doing their part for climate change - report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd June 2021 The first progress report from the Minerals Council of Australia’s (MCA’s) Climate Action Plan has shown that the mining industry’s current emission reduction actions had the potential to reduce annual emissions by some 30%. The progress report details the status of measures developed in the... 

Ata Fund 1 invests in mineral sensor-sorting technology company Acrux

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2021 Investment fund Ata Fund 1 has signed a shareholder’s agreement for 33.3% of sensor-sorting company Acrux Sorting Technology (AST). AST, in partnership with IMS Engineering, provides sensor-sorting technology to the mining industry on a fully funded, turnkey basis, enabling the extraction of full... 

Battery material value-add consolidation in South Africa under consideration by Mick Davis-linked NextSource  

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2021 South Africa, which has the wherewithal to provide the value-add consolidation advantage to battery materials that the world’s electric vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) want, is being seriously considered for the role, NextSource president and CEO Craig Scherba said on Monday.... 

Battery material value-add consolidation in South Africa under consideration by Mick Davis-linked NextSource
NextSource President and CEO Craig Scherba interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

WA invests in net zero mining

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th May 2021 The Western Australian government this week unveiled A$1.5-million in funding to accelerate net zero emission mining in the state. Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston said that up to A$1.5-million will be invested in funding research and development in Western Australia's energy and... 

Woodside looks at solar options for Burrup

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th May 2021 Oil and gas major Woodside is looking at solar energy for its Pluto liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility, on Western Australia’s Burrup Peninsula. The company told shareholders this week that it is investigating the supply of some 50 MW of solar energy from the proposed power project, which... 

New green copper play in Northern Cape expects to be cash positive from month two  

By: Martin Creamer     28th May 2021 The new green copper play in the Northern Cape expects to be cash positive from its second month of operation. Big Tree Copper, a rebrand of Cape Copper Oxide, will begin producing copper plate from July, which will be sold at the mine gate to Noble Metals. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

New green copper play in Northern Cape expects to be cash positive from month two
Big Tree Copper CEO Jan Nelson interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Centamin’s West African portfolio review confirms growth potential

By: Simone Liedtke     27th May 2021 The board of gold miner Centamin has approved the start of a prefeasibility study (PFS) at the miner’s Côte d'Ivoire-based Doropo project, as well as a further exploration programme at ABC, also in Côte d'Ivoire, and a review of the third-party development options at Batie West, in Burkina Faso.... 

Copper industry to return to pre-pandemic levels this year

By: Simone Liedtke     27th May 2021 The Covid-19-induced downturn in the copper industry is health related, and not economic like the 2008/9 global financial crisis, International Wrought Copper Council (IWCC) president Mark Loveitt said this week. During a copper-focused conference, hosted by consultancy Roskill on May 26, Loveitt... 

Anglo explores 3D printing to boost supply chain efficiencies, support local businesses

By: Donna Slater     27th May 2021 Diversified miner Anglo American has partnered with the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and US-based technology company Ivaldi Group, to explore opportunities to digitally distribute spare parts for mining and processing equipment to be manufactured locally... 

Concern over lack of JSE listings ahead of Junior Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     27th May 2021 In anticipation of next week's Junior Indaba virtual conference, AmaranthCX director Paul Miller has updated statistics on the change in the number of listed mining companies on the JSE over time. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) It is not a pretty picture. (See attached chart.) 

Concern over lack of JSE listings ahead of Junior Indaba
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Govt-Minerals Council team established to promote exploration – Mgojo  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2021 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMRE) and Minerals Council South Africa have established a task team to promote exploration, outgoing Minerals Council president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Wednesday. The exploration task team, Mgojo said during his address to the council’s 131st annual general... 

Govt-Minerals Council team established to promote exploration – Mgojo
Minerals Council South Africa AGM covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Nolitha Fakude first woman mining industry president in 131 years 

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2021 The board members of Minerals Council South Africa on Wednesday elected the first female president in 131 years. New president Nolitha Fakude, a former Minerals Council VP who is the chairperson of Anglo American South Africa, said she would be focusing on ensuring that mining contributes... 

Nolitha Fakude first woman mining industry president in 131 years
Top right, clockwise are Nolitha Fakude, Paul Dunne, Peter Steenkamp and Themba Mkhwanazi.

South Africans right to be very proud of country’s iron-ore – IMR  

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2021 South Africans are well within their rights to be very proud of the iron-ore that is produced in the country. That is the view of Sedibeng Iron Ore CEO Aneesh Misra, who is also MD of IMR South Africa. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

South Africans right to be very proud of country’s iron-ore – IMR
Sedibeng Iron Ore CEO Aneesh Misra interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Miners to focus on carbon reduction, community support and health & safety – GIBB

By: Donna Slater     24th May 2021 Despite the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, the issues of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, improving health and safety and creating value for surrounding communities require urgent and ongoing attention, says multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy GIBB mining division MD... 

Arne Frandsen’s great green graphite offering debuts Monday  

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2021 Arne Frandsen’s great green graphite offering debuts Monday when trading of the shares of Nouveau Monde Graphite begin on the New York Stock Exchange. There is no half measure with Nouveau Monde Graphite chairperson and Pallinghurst managing partner and co-founder Frandsen when it comes to... 

Arne Frandsen’s great green graphite offering debuts Monday
Pallinghurst Group managing partner and cofounder Arne Frandsen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Climate change, geology graduates, PGMs make headlines   

21st May 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses Anglo American calling the global climate crisis "something that exceeds anything seen in centuries"; a call for unemployed geology graduates to capture historic exploration data; and the PGMs opportunities coming out of the hydrogen economy being... 

Climate change, geology graduates, PGMs make headlines
Climate change, geology graduates, PGMs make headlines

Alcoa starts trial to lower carbon footprint

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st May 2021 The federal government has announced a A$11.3-million investment, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), to support aluminium producer Alcoa’s A$28.2-million trial using renewable energy to process bauxite into alumina, a key part of the aluminium supply chain. Alcoa this week... 

Alcoa starts trial to lower carbon footprint

Climate is global issue that exceeds anything seen in centuries – Anglo   

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2021 Recent generations have defined the environment as a critical issue for humanity and climate change represents a new and sharper focus that exceeds any single global issue that we have seen in centuries, Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani has told the Bank of America Securities Global Metals,... 

Climate is global issue that exceeds anything seen in centuries – Anglo
Mark Cutifani with chart showing thin slither at the top representing mining's 0.04% global footprint.

Glencore, CMOC and ERG to pilot blockchain solution for cobalt tracing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2021 Major metals and mining companies CMOC, Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) and Glencore are, in collaboration with battery material supplier Umicore, piloting ReISource – a solution to trace responsibly produced cobalt from the mine to the electric car. Re|Source has been designed to proactively... 

Glencore, CMOC and ERG to pilot blockchain solution for cobalt tracing
ASM cobalt operations in the DRC

Judge to rule after South Africa sued over Sasol, Eskom pollution

By: Bloomberg     20th May 2021 A judge is set to rule after the first ever case filed against the government over its alleged failure to crack down on air pollution emitted by power plants operated by Eskom Holdings and refineries owned by Sasol. The case was filed in the Pretoria High Court by groundWork, an... 

Judge to rule after South Africa sued over Sasol, Eskom pollution

Appea welcomes Arena expansion

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th May 2021 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has welcomed changes to expand the investment remit of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), saying it would help Australia reach net zero emission targets. The Australian government has implemented changes to... 

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