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Environmental News

Rio strikes carbon deals

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th December 2020 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has pledged $10-million to research low carbon steel making projects in China, while also inking a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a similar investment in Japan. The miner on Wednesday said that it has committed to invest $10-million with China Baowu Steel... 

Australian miners need to do more on emissions - report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th December 2020 Australia’s resources companies would need to do more in order to address downstream scope 3 emissions, despite making progress on moving their operations towards net zero by 2050, a new report has found. The report by Climateworks Australia and Monash University investigates the climate... 

Australian miners need to do more on emissions - report

Mining and Metals Blockchain Initiative launches proof of concept platform to trace emissions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2020 The World Economic Forum’s (WEF's) Mining and Metals Blockchain Initiative (MMBI) has released a proof of concept that uses distributed ledger technology to track embedded greenhouse-gas emissions. The successful completion of the proof of concept, named the Carbon Tracing (COT) Platform will be... 

Glencore enters partnership with Tre-Altamira to expand satellite monitoring across its TSFs

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2020 Diversified miner Glencore has entered into an agreement with commercial services provider Tre-Altamira to expand satellite monitoring to more than 110 of its tailings dams worldwide, which Glencore says is the largest industry monitoring agreement to date specifically focusing on tailings... 

Gratton appointed to impact assessment advisory council

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2020 Mining Association of Canada president and CEO Pierre Gratton has been appointed to Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson’s advisory council on impact assessment. The 13-member council would advise the Minister on whether the new impact assessment regime, which came into... 

Gratton appointed to impact assessment advisory council
MAC president and CEO Pierre Gratton

Harmony maintains CDP A-rating for water management

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th December 2020 Gold miner Harmony Gold Mining has maintained its CDP A-rating for water management. The CDP is an international nonprofit organisation based in the UK, Germany and the US and helps companies and cities disclose their environmental impact. 

Trudeau hikes carbon tax, positions Canada to hit climate goal

By: Bloomberg     13th December 2020 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stepped up efforts to hit Canada’s emissions targets by 2030, pledging billions in new money to combat climate change and increasing in his marquee carbon tax. The measures, announced Friday in Ottawa by Trudeau and Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, seek to... 

Trudeau hikes carbon tax, positions Canada to hit climate goal
Justin Trudeau and Jonathan Wilkinson

60Moz Sedibelo platinum expansion, construction of Kell beneficiation plant 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2020 Platinum group metals (PGMs) producer Sedibelo Platinum Mines Limited has announced the expansion of operations at Pilanesberg Platinum Mines into contiguous deposits of Sedibelo Central, Magazynskraal and Kruidfontein – known as the Triple Crown properties – with an estimated resource base in... 

60Moz Sedibelo platinum expansion, construction of Kell beneficiation plant
Photo by creamer media
Sedibelo's Pilanesberg Platinum Mines opertional area.

Steps South Africa needs to take to attract global exploration investment 

By: Martin Creamer     10th December 2020 Countries wanting to attract exploration investment need readily available geophysics data to offer to prospective investors. “Geophysics is now key to the exploration industry, particularly for metalliferous-type deposits, which have the largest value,” Exploration Geological Consultancy MD... 

Steps South Africa needs to take to attract global exploration investment
Photo by Creamer Media
Exploration Geological Consultancy MD Regina Molloy

Miners respond to Juukan Gorge report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th December 2020 Diversified major Rio Tinto on Thursday said that it was committed to learning from the incident at the Juukan Gorge rockshelters earlier this year, in order to ensure that such an event did not take place again. Responding to the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia’s interim report... 

Investment approval for platinum mine’s solar project expected early next year 

By: Martin Creamer     9th December 2020 Investment approval for the solar project at the Mogalakwena platinum group metals mine in Limpopo is expected in the first quarter of next year. “We are making progress with the environmental scoping study and the environmental impact assessment will commence following investment approval,”... 

Investment approval for platinum mine’s solar project expected early next year
Water dam at Anglo American Platinum's Mogalakwena mine.

Newmont to spend $500m over 5 years on climate initiatives

By: Reuters     9th December 2020 Top gold producer Newmont on Tuesday said it would spend $500-million over five years to meet climate change targets as the miner accelerates efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at its operations. Investors are putting pressure on gold miners, whose high greenhouse gas emissions have been... 

Newmont to spend $500m over 5 years on climate initiatives
Newmont CEO Tom Palmer

Wits Mining Institute's Cawood highlights issues, trends miners must contend with

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th December 2020 There are a number of issues and trends impacting mining in the twenty-first century that require consideration by mining companies and higher education institutions offering mining qualifications, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Mining Institute director Professor Frederick Cawood has... 

China converting battery electric vehicles into platinum-linked hydrogen fuel cell vehicles  

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2020 Battery electric vehicles such as municipal buses and trucks are being converted into hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by China. “China already has a very well-established infrastructure to charge batteries and run battery electric trucks. But in the north, it’s very cold and we know battery electric... 

China converting battery electric vehicles into platinum-linked hydrogen fuel cell vehicles
World Platinum Investment Council Director of Research Trevor Raymond interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Now Implats joins high-flying PGMs-linked venture capital fund 

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2020 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Impala Platinum (Implats) announced on Monday that it would be joining a high-flying venture capital fund that supports technologies making use of PGMs, which are helping the world to combat climate change. Existing investors in the... 

Now Implats joins high-flying PGMs-linked venture capital fund
Implats CE Nico Muller

Rodents, not mining, caused damage to Nevada wildflowers, says govt agency

By: Reuters     7th December 2020 Widespread damage to rare Nevada wildflowers in September was due to ground squirrels, the US Fish and Wildlife Service said on Friday, and not linked to human activity in the area, which includes a lithium mine being developed by Australia's ioneer. The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), a... 

Retiring Glasenberg handing over Glencore reins to Gary Nagle  

By: Martin Creamer     4th December 2020 Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg announced on Friday that he would be handing over the reins of the global mining and marketing company in mid-2021 to top Glencore executive Gary Nagle, who has served the company for more than two decades and is well-known in South Africa, where he ran Glencore’s... 

Retiring Glasenberg handing over Glencore reins to Gary Nagle
Gary Nagle, who will be taking over in mid-2021 from retiring Ivan Glasenberg, who has served Glencore with distinction.

Glencore spells out emission-reduction pathway to 2050 

By: Martin Creamer     4th December 2020 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore on Friday announced its ambition to be a net-zero emissions company by 2050. Glencore set out the pathway towards reducing its total emissions footprint by 40% by 2035, taking in Scope 1, 2 and 3. 

Glencore spells out emission-reduction pathway to 2050
Photo by Bloomberg
Ivan Glasenberg, who is handing Glencore reins to Gary Nagle.

Glencore, China’s GEM extend strategic cobalt partnership 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd December 2020 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore has extended its partnership with GEM of China for the supply of cobalt hydroxide by another five years. Both companies have also formally embedded responsible sourcing and sustainability into the contractual relationship. 

Glencore, China’s GEM extend strategic cobalt partnership
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Hydrogen investment by PGMs-linked fund bodes well for South Africa 

By: Martin Creamer     1st December 2020 A new investment in hydrogen, made by the sustainability-focused AP Ventures, bodes well for South Africa. AP Ventures, an independent venture capital fund that invests in early-stage companies that use platinum group metals (PGMs), has invested €5-million equity in HPNow, which has introduced a... 

Hydrogen investment by PGMs-linked fund bodes well for South Africa
Building back better with green hydrogen peroxide.

De Beers sets goal to become carbon-neutral by 2030 

By: Donna Slater     1st December 2020 Diamond miner De Beers on November 30 launched its 12 Building Forever goals, which focus on ethical practices across the diamond industry, partnering to boost communities, putting in place structures to protect the natural world and accelerating equal opportunity. The 12 “ambitious”... 

De Beers sets goal to become carbon-neutral by 2030
De Beers Group CEO Bruce Cleaver

Mining can retake investor darling status by going green – Frandsen  

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2020 The taking of clear sustainability steps can make mining the darling of the investor community once again. Mining cannot participate in anything that leaves the world a worse place and needs to be cognisant of what it takes to have a licence to operate. Mining must have a smaller carbon... 

Mining can retake investor darling status by going green – Frandsen
Pallinghurst Group Managing Partner and Co-Founder Arne Frandsen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on the current demand for sustainable mining. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Australian emissions beat target - Minister

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th November 2020 Australia’s quarterly National Greenhouse Gas Inventory update has confirmed that the country has beaten its 2020 target by 459-million tonnes. Australia’s overachievement on its 2020 target is due in large part to significant structural declines in emissions from the electricity and agriculture... 

Waterberg, potable water from AMD, economic growth make headlines  

27th November 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Platinum Group Metals’ objective to move the Waterberg project to a development and construction stage; An Mpumalanga coal mine is on the point of turning acid mine drainage into potable water at no cost; and the need for South African to focus on... 

Waterberg, potable water from AMD, economic growth make headlines
Waterberg, potable water from AMD, economic growth make headlines

Procurement boosts local economy

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th November 2020 With low economic growth and high unemployment, South Africa’s economy is under intense pressure. Management consultancy Kearney’s research indicates that particularly mining and mining-related industries could improve the country’s economic outlook. Government has challenged the mining industry... 

Procurement boosts local economy
FRANCOIS SANTOS Capturing and sustaining a competitive advantage will require embracing a shared value agenda

More communities to benefit from Moma mine following plant relocation

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th November 2020 Through constant involvement in and development of its surrounding communities, titanium minerals producer Kenmare Resources notes that its increased ilmenite production, and the subsequent effect on Mozambique’s exports, will have significant benefits for the company, its host communities and... 

More communities to benefit from Moma mine following plant relocation
HELPING HAND Kenmare donated personal protective equipment and hand sanitisation kits to community health facilities close to the Moma mine

Gold tailings retreatment offers an environmental solution

27th November 2020 Owing to its gold mining heritage, Johannesburg is the most radioactive city on the planet, says nonprofit organisation Earthlife Africa. Uranium was considered “merely a waste product” in the late 1800s and was haphazardly discarded without any thought of recovery. Abandoned mines were not... 

Gold tailings retreatment offers an environmental solution
COBUS LOOTS Environmental degradation such as soil pollution and decreased ecosystem viability are issues

Nornickel moves to improve enviro risk management

By: Mariaan Webb     26th November 2020 Russia’s Nornickel, the world’s largest producer of palladium and high-grade nickel, has launched an environmental risk management review in order to identify and better manage new climate change risks that are emerging. The announcement of a risk management review follows an independent report... 

Nornickel moves to improve enviro risk management
Norilsk chairperson Gareth Penny

Palladium-dominant Waterberg project's advance is primary objective –­ PTM 

By: Martin Creamer     26th November 2020 The advancement of the palladium-dominant Waterberg Project to a development and construction decision is the primary business objective of Platinum Group Metals (PTM), for which construction funding and concentrate offtake arrangements are being pursued. The Toronto- and New York-listed company,... 

Palladium-dominant Waterberg project's advance is primary objective –­ PTM
Platinum Group Metals CEO Michael Jones.

Anglo praised for blazing decarbonised mining trail with hydrogen truck project  

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2020 The electrolyser that will generate renewable hydrogen for the world’s largest hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle project has been delivered to site by Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser AS, as part of the joint partnership with ENGIE and Anglo American, announced last year. ENGIE is providing the... 

Anglo praised for blazing decarbonised mining trail with hydrogen truck project
Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser Senior Vice President Business Development David Bow interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

African green hydrogen can provide important economic impetus – BMBF 

By: Martin Creamer     24th November 2020 The establishment of an African hydrogen economy based on renewable energy can provide important impetus in the Southern African region and offer new perspectives, especially to young people. That is the view of German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Energy and Green Hydrogen... 

African green hydrogen can provide important economic impetus – BMBF
Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek and Innovation Commissioner ‘Green Hydrogen‘ Dr Stefan Kaufmann: Small bottle, huge effect. Sufficient energy to supply a refrigerator for a day – 48 litres of hydrogen are bound in this 80 ml liquid, referred to as liquid organic hydrogen carrier or LOHC. Dr Kaufmann was in South Africa earlier this month. © BMBF/Hans-Joachim Rickel

Coal mine on point of turning acid mine drainage into potable water at no cost  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2020 An Mpumalanga coal mine is on the point of entering into an agreement before year-end to have its acid mine drainage water curse turned into potable water at no cost, Mining Weekly can today report. Recovered potassium nitrate, which retails at about R15 000/t and which is marketed at about R11... 

Coal mine on point of turning acid mine drainage into potable water at no cost
Trailblazer Technologies director John Bewsey interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Company designs, constructs ventilation and cooling systems for mines  

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     20th November 2020 Specialist mine refrigeration and ventilation consultancy group Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE) is fully committed to the underground mining project for De Beers’ Venetia diamond mine, in Limpopo. The consulting and projects divisions of BBE are both involved in the project, with the former... 

Company designs, constructs ventilation and cooling systems for mines
Bluhm Burton Engineering’s joint head of projects Richard Gundersen and CEO Wynand Marx discuss the company’s recent mining ventilation and cooling projects and give an overview of the sector.

Strides taken to improve environmental, community impact

20th November 2020 Worley Parsons mineral processing technology and expert solutions VP Mervyn Stevens states that the mining industry has taken big strides to improve its impact on both nearby communities, and the world. He explains that this has seen targets set around renewable energy, automation and zero... 

Demand for reliable monitoring systems on the rise

By: Halima Frost     20th November 2020 The demand for early-warning systems for tailings facilities and/or dams has increased exponentially, subsequent to the Vale incident, suggests geotechnical civil and mining instrumentation company Terra Monitoring operations director Robin Schmidt. Therefore, the company – a member of... 

Demand for reliable monitoring systems on the rise
IN DEMAND The raise in demand for reliable detection systems aimed at tailing facilities has grown over the last few years owing to devastating faliures

Green economy faces challenge to replace carbon energy sources

By: Bloomberg     19th November 2020 The march toward a greener global economy is headed into a more difficult second phase that will aim to replace carbon as an energy source, said panelists during the Bloomberg New Economy Forum. Companies including Honeywell International and Schneider Electricare offering solutions to reduce... 

OceanaGold sets emissions target

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th November 2020 Dual listed gold miner OceanaGold has set itself a net zero emissions target by 2025. “OceanaGold has been strongly committed to responsible mining for 30 years, and with current emissions lower than global industry average, we are already on the journey to reduce our carbon footprint,”... 

Anglo’s investment commitment to South Africa up R15bn  

By: Martin Creamer     18th November 2020 Anglo American is on track to exceed its original investment commitment to South Africa, despite Covid-19 impacts, Mining Weekly can report. At this year’s SA Investment Conference, the London- and Johannesburg-listed diamond, platinum group metals and iron-ore mining company increased its total... 

Anglo’s investment commitment to South Africa up R15bn
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani
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