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Environmental News

Epiroc aims to halve carbon dioxide emissions in operations as part of 2030 goals

By: Schalk Burger     3rd July 2020 Mining and infrastructure equipment multinational Epiroc this week released its 2030 sustainability goals, which include halving carbon dioxide emissions from operations, transport and major suppliers, as well as from customers’ use of Epiroc equipment. "These are challenging targets, but we will... 

Bigger, stronger filters advance tailings solution

By: Theresa Bhowan     3rd July 2020 Mining equipment manufacturer Metso has sought to advance its tailings management solution by launching the bigger and stronger VPX filter. 

Bigger, stronger filters advance tailings solution
OPTIMAL FILTRATION The VPX filter treats slurry materials, thereby increasing economic efficiency and social responsibility

Mining will need long-term strategies to survive new normal 

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd July 2020 For the mining industry to be successful post-Covid-19, the industry will require long-term strategies to deal with its challenges, which includes the pandemic. In a webinar hosted by the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) on July 2, investment management firm Orion Resource Partners... 

Mining will need long-term strategies to survive new normal

Nornickel board sets up environmental task team in wake of Arctic spill

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd July 2020 Global palladium and high-grade nickel leader Nornickel has created an independent environmental task team of the board of directors to monitor progress in the Russian major’s environmental programmes. The management team included Andrey Bougrov as Nornickel’s senior VP, who will oversee the... 

Nornickel board sets up environmental task team in wake of Arctic spill

PGMs, battery metals market potential, De Beers' R10m Covid-19 lab make headlines  

2nd July 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks platinum group metals being in a great position to benefit from the fast-growing global decarbonisation momentum, SA and the global battery metals market; and De Beer’s R10-million coronavirus testing lab.   

PGMs, battery metals market potential, De Beers' R10m Covid-19 lab make headlines
PGMs, battery metals market potential, De Beers' R10m Covid-19 lab make headlines

Hydrogen-powered aviation preparing for takeoff – study 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd July 2020 Hydrogen as an energy source will play a key role in transforming aviation into a zero-carbon/climate-neutral system over the next few decades, an independent study states in estimating that the first short-range hydrogen-powered demonstrator could be developed by 2028 if sufficient investments... 

Hydrogen-powered aviation preparing for takeoff – study
Strong steps being taken to clean up the skies by using hydrogen to power aircraft.

Australia beat Kyoto targets - Minister

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st July 2020 Australia’s Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor was optimistic that the country had beaten its 2020 emissions reduction target. The Minister on Wednesday said that while figures were yet to be finalised, Australia is estimated to have beaten its Kyoto-era target by up to... 

Platinum group metals in pole position to benefit from global decarbonisation thrust  

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2020 Platinum group metals are in pole position to benefit from the fast-growing global decarbonisation momentum, Mining Weekly can today report. A multiplicity of global announcements are emerging daily that inextricably link platinum-catalysed hydrogen fuel cells as well as platinum-catalysed... 

Platinum group metals in pole position to benefit from global decarbonisation thrust
AP Ventures founding partner Kevin Eggers interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

House Democrats urge ‘racial justice’ on climate, carbon cut

By: Bloomberg     30th June 2020 House Democrats unveiled an ambitious plan to combat climate change that won plaudits from mainstream environmentalists, but disappointed some progressives who have tried to push the party to the left on the issue. The more than 500-page report sets a target for the US to cut 88% of... 

House Democrats urge ‘racial justice’ on climate, carbon cut
The Asheville power plant in North Carolina.

Guidelines launched to improve mining waste storage facility safety

By: Donna Slater     30th June 2020 Nonprofit environmental and community organisation Earthworks, together with an international group of 142 scientists, community groups and nongovernmental organisations from 24 countries, have published a set of 16 guidelines for the safer storage of mine waste. The guidelines, titled 'Safety... 

Pleasantly surprised by productivity during lockdown – Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering  

By: Martin Creamer     30th June 2020 Engineering company Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering has been pleasantly surprised by the productivity and agility that the lockdown has afforded it as an engineering house engaged in the energy sector. Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering’s major industrial clients include State electricity utility Eskom... 

Pleasantly surprised by productivity during lockdown – Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering
Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering CEO Thava Govender interviewed by Engineering News & Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

IGF releases fourth ‘Guidance for Governments’ report

By: Simone Liedtke     26th June 2020 The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) has released its newest Guidance for Governments report, titled 'Improving Legal Frameworks for Environmental- and Social-Impact Assessment and Management. IGF outreach manager and law adviser Clémence Naré... 

Chile's environmental watchdog hits Codelco with mining waste pollution claims

By: Reuters     26th June 2020 Chile's environmental regulator on Thursday said it had filed charges against State mining company Codelco over a 2016 tailings spill and river and estuary contamination at its Andina mine in a mountainous region near the capital Santiago. The Environmental Superintendent (SMA) said it had... 

EPA approves Warrawoona project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th June 2020 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended that the Warrawoona gold project be given environmental approval. Project developer Calidus Resources on Thursday said that the EPA approval was the penultimate stage in the permitting process for the gold project,... 

Deep sea mining could destroy undiscovered species, says Ocean Panel 

By: Reuters     24th June 2020 Mining on the sea floor should not begin before a full assessment of likely environmental impacts can be made, a report commissioned by the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (Ocean Panel) said on Wednesday. Environmentalists including Britain's David Attenborough have called for a... 

Deep sea mining could destroy undiscovered species, says Ocean Panel

MCA releases climate action plan

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd June 2020 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) on Monday unveiled its Climate Action Plan, demonstrating the Australian resources industry’s commitment to decarbonizing the economy and to address climate change. CEO Tania Constable said that the plan outlines how the MCA and its members are taking... 

Covid-19 is an important catalyst for hydrogen economy’s take-off – AP Ventures  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd June 2020 Despite being a global pandemic with hugely negative health consequences, Covid-19  is an important catalyst for the take-off of the hydrogen economy, in which platinum plays a fundamental role. “There’s an opportunity now to capitalise on a new wave on interest in hydrogen,” says AP Ventures LLP... 

Covid-19 is an important catalyst for hydrogen economy’s take-off – AP Ventures
AP Ventures founding partner Kevin Eggers speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

New mine rehab Bill before Qld Parliament

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th June 2020 Legislation has been introduced into the Queensland Parliament to further improve on its mine rehabilitation regulations and improve financial assurance outcomes for the state’s resources sector. Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said the Environmental Protection and Other Legislation... 

DRC poses many challenges, but is worth investing in

By: Donna Slater     18th June 2020 Investors in mining projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) need to prioritise compliance with local mining laws and ensure community involvement and upliftment, panellists have said during a session at the virtual DRC Mining Week. During the June 17 session, titled 'How can existing... 

NMP says marine phosphate mining will help grow Namibia's economy

By: Donna Slater     18th June 2020 Namibia-based marine phosphate hopeful Namibian Marine Phosphate (NMP) says Namibia, with one of the world’s largest undeveloped phosphate resources, stands to benefit from the development of a phosphate project and fertiliser industry that will support many sectors, including agriculture, mining... 

Fortescue sets zero emissions target for 2040

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th June 2020 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals has set a target to achieve net zero operational emissions by 2040. The company on Tuesday said that the net zero emissions goal was core to the its climate change strategy and underpinned by a pathway to decarbonisation, including the reduction of Scope 1 and 2... 

ICMM members record 287 fatalities in 2019

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2020 The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) on Thursday released the 2019 safety data of its company members, who reported 287 occupational fatalities, a marked increase from the 50 fatalities recorded in 2018 and 51 fatalities recorded in 2017. ICMM said in a media release to Mining... 

ICMM members record 287 fatalities in 2019
ICMM CEO Tom Butler

Hyundai, green aluminium and the Coal Index Report make headlines  

11th June 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Hyundai's new ultra-clean fuel cell electric car, green Aluminium and African Source Markets’ Weekly Coal Index Report and how it is providing pricing transparency.   

Hyundai, green aluminium and the Coal Index Report make headlines
Hyundai, green aluminium and the Coal Index Report make headlines

Implats chair Gancho to retire following October AGM

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2020 Platinum group metals (PGM) mining and marketing company Implats on Wednesday announced the planned retirement of Dr Mandla Gantsho as an independent non-executive director and chairperson of the board of directors of Implats. His retirement will take effect on conclusion of the scheduled annual... 

Implats chair Gancho to retire following October AGM
Dr Mandla Gantsho

Public Investment Corporation increases investment in Exxaro 

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2020 The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has increased its shareholding in coal and renewable energy company Exxaro Resources to just over 15%, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Exxaro stated in a stock exchange news service announcement on Monday. South Africa's State-owned PIC is Africa's... 

Public Investment Corporation increases investment in Exxaro
Photo by Creamer Media
Mxolisi Mgojo

Aluminium in spotlight as LME opts for low-carbon trading platform 

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2020 Aluminium may find itself with an officially recognised ‘green’ tag when a low-carbon version of the metal is given new trading platform next year. FT Weekend and Aluminium International Today have reported that the London Metal Exchange (LME) will next year launch a platform to trade low-carbon... 

Aluminium in spotlight as LME opts for low-carbon trading platform
Hillside Aluminium in Richards Bay.

Giant spill in Russia offers a glimpse of the Arctic’s future

By: Bloomberg     8th June 2020 Investigators have determined that the leakage of of 20 000 t of diesel (about 150 000 barrels) from a reservoir at a power plant in Russia’s Far North was caused by damage from thawing permafrost—just the latest sign of the catastrophic effects climate change is having in the Arctic. “Entire... 

Giant spill in Russia offers a glimpse of the Arctic’s future

Zambia Chamber of Mines says govt tensions with power firm CEC bad for investment 

By: Reuters     5th June 2020 Zambia's attempt to force Copperbelt Energy Corp (CEC) to open up its infrastructure to other power producers has dented the country's image as an investment destination, the Chamber of Mines said on Friday. Energy Minister Matthew Nkhuwa issued a decree last Friday compelling CEC to allow others... 

Trump plan could make air pollution curbs tougher to justify

By: Bloomberg     5th June 2020 The Trump administration is seeking to overhaul the way it calculates the costs and benefits of environmental regulation, a move that could make it harder to justify air pollution curbs. The Environmental Protection Agency is set to formalise the new approach, said two people familiar with the... 

Sector ahead of the sustainability curve, challenges remain

By: Mamaili Mamaila     5th June 2020 With many local diamond mining operations reaching their end of life, the rehabilitation and remediation of such sites – in a closure and liquidation context – has been a particular focus in recent years, says law firm Bowmans partner Wandisile Mandlana. 

Sector ahead of the sustainability curve, challenges remain
LEADING THE PACK The sector is a few years ahead of other mining subsectors locally in terms of closure

Covid, diesel, substitution nudging platinum into sweeter spot 

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2020 Depressed platinum is being nudged into a sweeter spot by a combination of the Covid-19 pandemic, new focus on diesel vehicles, trickling substitution of platinum for palladium and worsening supply constraints, Mining Weekly can report. Covid-19 funding demands are delaying the planned rollout of... 

New solution for monitoring tailings dams 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd June 2020 The tragic tailings dam breach in Brazil that killed more than 270 people has focused the world of mining on making tailings dams safe. Earlier this year, and environmental organisation Grid-Arendal launched the world’s first publicly accessible global database of mine tailings storage facilities... 

New solution for monitoring tailings dams
Photo by Creamer Media
Tailings dam.

New natural diamond council launched  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd June 2020 A natural diamond is made from carbon and is the hardest natural known substance on earth. Natural diamonds are created over a period of one to three billion years, many kilometres below the earth's mantle under natural conditions of very high pressure and high temperature. But unlike champagne,... 

New natural diamond council launched
Natural Diamond Council supports United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Ukwazi launches sustainable mining, environmental and mine closure management division

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2020 Mining service specialist company Ukwazi on June 1 launched a new division to provide solutions for environmental and closure liability management, including post-closure plans. New approaches in environmental and social governance are required to successfully manage complex country, market and... 

This year's Electra Mining cancelled

By: Donna Slater     29th May 2020 Organisers of Southern Africa’s mining, manufacturing, automation, electrical and power trade exhibition Electra Mining Africa, Specialised Exhibitions, reports that the 2020 edition of the trade fair has been cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This year’s show had been scheduled to... 

South Africa’s biggest emitters to be exposed to public scrutiny 

By: Martin Creamer     29th May 2020 South Africa’s emission levels are as high as those of the eight-times-larger UK economy, EDS Systems business development head Eckart Zollner pointed out on Friday, when he also drew attention to the mounting pressure on South Africa’s biggest polluters to curb their greenhouse-gas (GHG)... 

South Africa’s biggest emitters to be exposed to public scrutiny
Eskom's coal-fired Duvha power station.

Australian emissions falling - report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th May 2020 Greenhouse gas emissions in Australia fell by 0.9% in 2019, or 50-million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (Co2-e) to 532.5-million tonnes CO2-e, the federal government’s latest National Greenhouse Gas Inventory has found. Emissions are now 13.7% below 2005 levels, which is the baseline year... 

Australian emissions falling - report

Mining investment, the economy, Covid-19 opportunities make headlines 

28th May 2020 Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks the mining industry's hopes to attract investment, the call for the urgent restoring of the country’s economy and Covid-19's in-country, self-sufficiency opportunities for South Africa. 

Mining investment, the economy, Covid-19 opportunities make headlines
Mining investment, the economy, Covid-19 opportunities make headlines
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