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Environmental News

White House considers methane-busting vow before climate summit

By: Bloomberg     16th April 2021 The Biden administration is considering singling out methane for significant reductions as part of a pledge to cut greenhouse gases in advance of a climate summit next week, according to two people familiar with the matter. President Joe Biden is already expected to unveil an ambitious goal for... 

Gold, exploration and coal contracts make headlines  

16th April 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Barberton’s potential to get South African gold mining going again, South Africa’s exploration industry's deadline to comment on controversial draft regulations and Treasury being asked to cancel coal contracts and replace them with new ones at double... 

Gold, exploration and coal contracts make headlines
Gold, exploration and coal contracts make headlines (Camera: Nicholas Boyd)

DRC exploration ongoing

16th April 2021 Global mining house Ivanhoe Mines co-chairpersons Robert Friedland and Yufeng “Miles” Sun announced in February that the company plans to commence an expansive 2021 exploration programme on its 100%-owned Western Foreland exploration licences. The exploration programme will include about 2 550... 

DRC exploration ongoing
EXPLORE MORE Ivanhoe Mines has begun its expansive 2021 exploration programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Consortium established to promote hydrogen mobility for mining industry 

By: Donna Slater     15th April 2021 Mining research and innovation company Mining3 and power utility Engie have started with the development of the Hydra Consortium, which is now actively working on validating the business case of using a hydrogen fuel-cell-based powertrain for heavy-duty mobility within the mining sector. This... 

Consortium established to promote hydrogen mobility for mining industry

Anglo American secures 100% renewables across its South American operations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th April 2021 Diversified miner Anglo American has delivered on its commitment to source 100% renewable energy for all its operations in Brazil, Chile and Peru. The miner previously secured renewable energy to meet all of its power requirements for its iron-ore and nickel operations in Brazil from 2022, as... 

Anglo American secures 100% renewables across its South American operations
The Quellaveco copper operation, in Peru, will be powered by renewable energy.

BHP's biofuels test a success

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th April 2021 Mining major BHP on Thursday announced that along with German shipping company Oldendorff Carriers, and advanced biofuels pioneer GoodFuels, the company had successfully completed the first trial of sustainable biofuel on an ocean-going vessel bunkered in Singapore. As part of the trial, a... 

'Deeds, not words': mining firms reshape boardrooms as investors demand sustainability

By: Reuters     13th April 2021 Under fire after a string of high-profile disasters, mining firms are shaking up their boardrooms in response to criticism that they are failing to meet their own environmental, social, and governance standards. Shareholders are demanding change from an industry whose reputation has been... 

'Deeds, not words': mining firms reshape boardrooms as investors demand sustainability

Environmental efforts offering resource opportunities - BHP

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th April 2021 Diversified major BHP believed that global de-carbonisation efforts would hold significant opportunity for the resources sector. BHP’s Minerals Americas president Rag Udd told the World Copper Conference, in Chile, that the push across the world to decarbonize would require substantial... 

House GOP planning climate package to counter Democrats

By: Bloomberg     9th April 2021 House Republicans plan to unveil their own plan to fight climate change later this month, according to three people familiar with the matter, a reflection of the pressure on the party to come up with solutions to a problem it had previously denied or ignored. The legislative package, being... 

Barrick raises its GHG reduction target to 30% by 2030 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th April 2021 Gold major Barrick Gold Corporation has raised its greenhouse-gas emissions target to 30% by 2030, from 10% previously, its 2020 Sustainability Report, published on April 8, shows. CE Mark Bristow notes that the company's ultimate aim is to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. 

Barrick raises its GHG reduction target to 30% by 2030
Photo by Bloomberg
Barrick Gold CEO Mark Bristow

Investors call on EPA, Congress to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay from mining impact

By: Simone Liedtke     8th April 2021 Fifty investors, managing $105-billion in assets, released a letter on April 8 calling for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Congress to permanently protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay, and the world’s largest wild salmon fishery, against large-scale mining. While recognising the... 

Investors call on EPA, Congress to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay from mining impact

Anglo American to demerge South African thermal coal assets 

By: Martin Creamer     8th April 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American is to demerge its South Africa thermal coal operations, the company said on Thursday. The demerger is subject to the approval of Anglo’s shareholders on May 5. Anglo American Coal South Africa CEO and World Coal Association chairperson July... 

Anglo American to demerge South African thermal coal assets
Anglo thermal coal head July Ndlovu named as CEO of Thungela Resources.

Washington legislators call on BC to better protect transboundary watersheds

By: Mariaan Webb     7th April 2021 Washington state legislators have called on British Columbia to undertake reforms to improve the regulation of mining operations in the headwaters of their shared river basis, stressing that upstream mining operations could have major negative impacts on Washington. In a March 23 letter, 25... 

Washington legislators call on BC to better protect transboundary watersheds

Govt launches A$1.3bn MMI fund

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th April 2021 The hydrogen technology, specialised batteries are expected to benefit from the government’s A$1.3-billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI). The MMI will help manufacturers to scale-up production, commercialise their products and operations, and integrate into domestic and global supply... 

Qld miners eye emission reduction technologies - survey

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th April 2021 A survey undertaken by the Queensland Resource Council (QRC) has shown that its member companies were actively looking at new technologies, such as hydrogen to reduce emissions and grow business. “More than two-thirds of the CEOs surveyed said they were thinking about hydrogen-related... 

Value of iridium in electrolysis could top R90bn mark in years ahead – HySA 

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2021 The value of iridium for proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolysis technology alone could exceed R90-billion in the next ten to 20 years. This is the view of Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence: Hydrogen... 

Value of iridium in electrolysis could top R90bn mark in years ahead – HySA
Value chain as outlined by Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence.

Canadian underground mining likely to take hydrogen ventilation lead – HySA 

By: Martin Creamer     6th April 2021 Canadian and Australian mines are big on wanting hydrogen ventilation in underground mining operations, and Canada will likely lead in the use of hydrogen underground. This is the view of Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of... 

Canadian underground mining likely to take hydrogen ventilation lead – HySA
Hydrogen South Africa hydrogen ventilation research site in North West.

Industry changes support trend towards sustainable mining

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     2nd April 2021 There have been several changes globally as well as in West Africa’s mining industry, with the industry steadily embracing a more sustainable approach to mining, highlights SRK associate partner principal resource geologist and country manager Ivan Doku.  Previously, mining in the region was... 

Industry changes support trend towards sustainable mining
EXPLORING NEW OPPORTUNITIES SRK Ghana is at the phase where young engineers will be drawn into multidisciplinary projects

Investment hindered by illegal mining, other challenges

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     2nd April 2021 While Ghana has benefited from significant long-term investment, it has also faced significant challenges over the years, the most notable being the significant and justifiable concerns regarding illegal mining operations, as well as regional security and stability, says law firm Beech Veltman... 

Investment hindered by illegal mining, other challenges
WARREN BEECH West Africa, and its institutions, such as the Economic Community of West African States, will need to continue relying on the cooperative, regional approach that has resulted in substantial benefits

Rio signs up for Japanese carbon network

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st April 2021 Mining major Rio Tinto has joined Japan’s Green Value Chain Platform Network (GVC Network) to engage on innovative approaches to reduce Japan’s carbon footprint. The GVC Network is a collaboration established by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment to lead transparent decarbonisation efforts... 

Anglo collaborating on feasibility study for South Africa’s ‘hydrogen valley’ 

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American on Wednesday announced a collaboration agreement to complete a feasibility study to develop a ‘hydrogen valley’ anchored in South Africa’s platinum group metals- (PGMs-) rich Bushveld geological area. Spearheaded by South Africa’s Department... 

Anglo collaborating on feasibility study for South Africa’s ‘hydrogen valley’
The Mogalakwena platinum group metals mine in Limpopo.

Govt awards energy saving grants

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st March 2021 The federal government on Wednesday launched A$14-million worth of grants under its broader A$3.5-billion Climate Solutions Package to help lower power bills for high energy-using businesses. Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor announced that 48 businesses that consume more... 

Google, BMW, Volvo and Samsung SDI sign up to WWF call for temporary ban on deep-sea mining

By: Reuters     31st March 2021 Google, BMW, Volvo and Samsung SDI are the first global companies to have signed up to a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) call for a moratorium on deep-sea mining, the WWF said on Wednesday. In backing the call, the companies commit not to source any minerals from the seabed, to exclude such... 

Google, BMW, Volvo and Samsung SDI sign up to WWF call for temporary ban on deep-sea mining

Armadale gets enviro go-ahead

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th March 2021 The National Environment Management Council of Tanzania has approved Aim-listed Armadale Capital’s environmental- and social-impact assessment for the production of natural flake graphite from the Mahenge Liandu graphite project. The company has now submitted its mining licence application to the... 

Now is time to get going on hydrogen economy opportunity – PIC 

By: Martin Creamer     30th March 2021 South Africa has got a massive opportunity to participate in the hydrogen economy and it would be a national travesty if the country failed to do so, says Public Investment Corporation (PIC) sector specialist mining, beneficiation and energy Heidi Sternberg. Mining Weekly can report that the PIC,... 

Now is time to get going on hydrogen economy opportunity – PIC
Photo by Creamer Media
From top left, clockwise, are Prakashim Moodliar, Neal Froneman, Sifiso Sibiya, Kevin Eggers and Heidi Sternberg.

Nordgold inks $100m ESG-linked credit facility

By: Donna Slater     29th March 2021 Wholly-owned subsidiary of diversified gold producer Nordgold, Celtic Resources, has entered into a two-year $100-million environment, social and corporate governance- (ESG-) linked revolving credit facility with a group of international banks. Nordgold intends to use the proceeds of the... 

Glencore shareholders to vote on climate action plan at upcoming AGM

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th March 2021 Shareholders of diversified miner Glencore will on April 29, during the group’s annual general meeting (AGM), be given the opportunity to vote on the approval of the ‘Climate Action Plan: Pathway to Net Zero’ report published by Glencore on December 4, 2020. The company’s climate action plan sets... 

Glencore shareholders to vote on climate action plan at upcoming AGM
Glencore chairperson Tony Hayward

Australian Aboriginal group opposes billionaire miner's plan to build dams

By: Reuters     29th March 2021 The Australian Aboriginal group whose sacred rock shelters Rio Tinto destroyed last year rejected a plan by mining company Fortescue's founder Andrew Forrest to build dams along a river in the same region, citing the cultural damage it would cause. Australia is considering new legislation to... 

South African-developed fuel cell passing tests at Implats refinery 

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2021 A South African-developed stationary hydrogen fuel cell is doing well as it is put through a testing phase at the Impala Platinum (Implats) refinery, group executive: refining and marketing Sifiso Sibiya has revealed. The stationary hydrogen fuel cell at Implats’ precious metals and base metals... 

South African-developed fuel cell passing tests at Implats refinery
Impala Platinum group executive: refining and marketing Sifiso Sibiya

First hydrogen and movement by third quarter – Anglo American Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2021 Anglo American Platinum executive head: project and environment Prakashim Moodliar has outlined what the company refers to as its smart power project, which is the development of the hydrogen fuel cell and battery-powered module, retrofitted on to a large haul truck, for deployment at the... 

First hydrogen and movement by third quarter – Anglo American Platinum
Anglo American Platinum executive head: project and environment Prakashim Moodliar.

Two-part modernisation of Amandelbult platinum mine under way  

By: Martin Creamer     26th March 2021 Two-part modernisation is under way at the Amandelbult underground platinum group metals (PGMs) mine of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), one where conventional mine design remains intact but is renedered safer and more efficient, and the other involving mechanisation and the deployment of... 

Two-part modernisation of Amandelbult platinum mine under way
Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africa’s updated climate pledge to be released for comment after Cabinet approves NDC draft 

By: Terence Creamer     25th March 2021 South Africa’s Cabinet has approved the country’s updated draft Nationally Determined Contribution in response to climate change, which will be released for public consultation next week. The updated NDC outlines South Africa’s target for limiting greenhouse gas emissions as required in line with... 

South Africa’s updated climate pledge to be released for comment after Cabinet approves NDC draft

Substituting rhodium with palladium next, says Sibanye-Stillwater  

By: Martin Creamer     25th March 2021 Substituting rhodium with palladium is the next platinum group metals (PGMs) substitution investment that PGM mining and marketing company Sibanye-Stillwater intends making. Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman revealed this during a panel discussion at this week’s PGMs Industry Day virtual event covered by... 

Substituting rhodium with palladium next, says Sibanye-Stillwater
PGMs Industry Day panel discussion covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Rio Tinto looks at solar for US Boron

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th March 2021 Mining giant Rio Tinto has announced an agreement with renewable energy technology company Heliogen to explore solar technology at Rio’s borates mine, in California. Under a memorandum of understanding, Heliogen will deploy its proprietary, artificial intelligence (AI)-powered technology at the... 

Rio Tinto looks at solar for US Boron

South Africa playing key role in hydrogen economy – Minister  

By: Martin Creamer     24th March 2021 South Africa is playing an important role in the ‘hydrogen economy’ as the country targets clean and reliable alternative energy sources, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday. In his opening keynote address to the Platinum Group Metals Industry Day chaired by... 

South Africa playing key role in hydrogen economy – Minister
Platinum Group Metals Industry Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Rio unveils Traditional Owner engagement plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd March 2021 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has revealed how it would work in partnership with Traditional Owners, host communities and independent groups to strengthen and improve its approach to cultural heritage and community relations, following the destruction of the Juukan Gorge rock shelters in the... 

Rio unveils Traditional Owner engagement plans

Northam pays most tax as growth strategy heads for 8 500 jobs boost 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 “We’ve made the single-largest tax payment in the history of the company,” Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne said during last week’s presentation of 74%-higher headline half-year earnings.   The JSE-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company’s half-year contribution to the fiscus topped... 

Northam pays most tax as growth strategy heads for 8 500 jobs boost
Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne’s half-year presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Northam Platinum building 10 MW solar power plant at Zondereinde smelter  

By: Martin Creamer     19th March 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam Platinum said on Friday that it was designing and building a 10 MW solar energy plant for the company’s smelter at its Zondereinde mine, in Limpopo province. Located on the northern end of the western limb of the Bushveld Complex, near the town... 

Northam Platinum building 10 MW solar power plant at Zondereinde smelter
Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne’s half-year presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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