Insights from case studies into sustainable design approaches in the minerals industry

Corder, G. D. (2015) Insights from case studies into sustainable design approaches in the minerals industry. Minerals Engineering, 76 47-57. doi:10.1016/j.mineng.2014.12.015

Author Corder, G. D.
Title Insights from case studies into sustainable design approaches in the minerals industry
Journal name Minerals Engineering   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0892-6875
Publication date 2015-05-15
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.mineng.2014.12.015
Open Access Status
Volume 76
Start page 47
End page 57
Total pages 11
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The concept of sustainability, which is now well entrenched in the minerals industry, can be an effective driver for higher levels of innovation. With the minerals industry venturing into riskier locations, new mining projects need to deliver both strong sustainability benefits while meeting the necessary technical and financial requirements. Improved approaches to recycling, resources conservation, energy and water efficiency, greenhouse gas reduction, biodiversity, local enterprise development, and community development programs all meet the aims of good sustainability practice and require innovative techniques to move away from the ‘business as usual’ paradigm. This paper outlines the recent developments on the SUSOP sustainability opportunities and risks framework, which utilises the Five Capitals sustainability model, to provide a holistic approach for delivering enhanced environmental, social and community outcomes into mining and minerals projects. Case studies where this framework has been applied are discussed and the key emerging themes such as the benefits of better engagement with local stakeholders, the value from creation of local enterprises, and misperceptions of costs related to sustainability outcomes are highlighted.
Keyword Sustainability
Sustainable development
Project risk
Sustainable design
Social licence to operate
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2016 Collection
Sustainable Minerals Institute Publications
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