The robustness of mine water accounting over a range of operating contexts and commodities

Danoucaras, A. N., Woodley, A. P. and Moran, C. J. (2014) The robustness of mine water accounting over a range of operating contexts and commodities. Journal of Cleaner Production, 84 1: 727-735. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.07.078

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Author Danoucaras, A. N.
Woodley, A. P.
Moran, C. J.
Title The robustness of mine water accounting over a range of operating contexts and commodities
Journal name Journal of Cleaner Production   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-6526
Publication date 2014-07-28
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.07.078
Open Access Status
Volume 84
Issue 1
Start page 727
End page 735
Total pages 9
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Communicating the mining industry's water use is fundamental to maintaining its social license to operate but the majority of corporate reporting schemes list indicators. The Minerals Council of Australia's Water Accounting Framework was designed to assist the minerals industry obtain consistency in its accounting method and in the definitions of terms used in water reporting. The significance of this paper is that it shows that the framework has been designed to be sufficiently robust to describe any mining/mineral related operation. The Water Accounting Framework was applied across four operations over three countries producing four commodities. The advantages of the framework were then evident through the presentation of the reports. The contextual statement of the framework was able to explain contrasting reuse efficiencies. The Input-Output statements showed that evaporation was a significant loss for most of the operations in the study which highlights a weakness of reporting schemes that focus on discharge volumes. The framework method promotes data reconciliation which proved the presence of flows that two operations in the study had neglected to provide. Whilst there are many advantages of the framework, the major points are that the reporting statements of the framework, when presented together, can better enable the public to understand water interactions at a site-level and allows for valid comparisons between sites, regardless of locale and commodity. With mining being a global industry, these advantages are best realised if there was international adoption of the framework.
Keyword Water accounting
Sustainability reporting
Water reporting
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry
Official 2015 Collection
Sustainable Minerals Institute Publications
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Created: Fri, 03 Oct 2014, 10:37:57 EST by Ms Natasha Danoucaras on behalf of Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry