Sustainability, made easy: a business improvement case study

Corder, G., Currey, N. and Becker, G. (2013). Sustainability, made easy: a business improvement case study. In: David Pollard and Geoff Dunlop, MetPlant 2013: Metallurgical Plant Design and Operating Strategies. Proceedings. MetPlant 2013: Metallurgical Plant Design and Operating Strategies, Perth, WA, Australia, (259-271). 15-17 July, 2013.

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Author Corder, G.
Currey, N.
Becker, G.
Title of paper Sustainability, made easy: a business improvement case study
Conference name MetPlant 2013: Metallurgical Plant Design and Operating Strategies
Conference location Perth, WA, Australia
Conference dates 15-17 July, 2013
Proceedings title MetPlant 2013: Metallurgical Plant Design and Operating Strategies. Proceedings
Series The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Publication Series
Place of Publication Carlton, VIC, Australia
Publisher Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM)
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781921522925
Editor David Pollard
Geoff Dunlop
Volume 5/2013
Start page 259
End page 271
Total pages 13
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The SUSOP® Framework is a new technique that helps incorporate sustainable development principles and objectives into the design and operation of businesses. Developed through the Co-operative Research Centre for Sustainable Resource Processing, it brings a design methodology to sustainability, similar to what hazard and risk techniques such as HAZOP did for safety.

Metallica Minerals Limited (‘Metallica’) adopted the SUSOP® framework to help identify opportunities and risks that could directly improve or affect its flagship SCONI (nickel-cobalt and scandium) project. This project has the potential to become the world’s largest producer of scandium oxide (‘scandia’) which is used in solid oxide fuel cells and strengthens aluminium alloys. Located northwest of Townsville in Queensland, the plant site will be located within the previously mined and partially rehabilitated Greenvale Nickel Mine.

By applying the SUSOP® framework through a series of multi-disciplinary workshops and offline analysis, Metallica was able to identify numerous sustainability opportunities and risks. Opportunities were clustered together to form concepts to develop a more holistic understanding of the project’s overall potential contribution to sustainable development as well as determine where key risks could be mitigated. Four key concepts were identified:

• Waste and Water
• Workforce
• Community and Enterprise Development
• Energy and Greenhouse Gases (GHG).

Metallica was able to include a range of initiatives that could deliver enhanced environmental, social and community outcomes into their mine development plan. These included measures to reduce reliance on water, reduce the volume of waste, provide local opportunities for training and skilled employment and create support for local enterprise development. These measures also resulted in a significant reduction in the capital estimate of the project.

This paper provides an overview of the SUSOP® framework, details its application to the SCONI project and discusses the outcomes that will help establish the project’s strong sustainable development credentials and improved business outcomes.
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