Promoting life cycle thinking for sustainability in the mining sector of the Philippines

Balanay, Raquel M. and Halog, Anthony (2016) Promoting life cycle thinking for sustainability in the mining sector of the Philippines. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 1-11. doi:10.1007/s11367-016-1105-x

Author Balanay, Raquel M.
Halog, Anthony
Title Promoting life cycle thinking for sustainability in the mining sector of the Philippines
Journal name International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1614-7502
Publication date 2016-04-08
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11367-016-1105-x
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose: This paper aims to promote life cycle thinking for the mining sector in the Philippines in enhancing the interventions intended for mining as a catalyst of sustainable development in the country. The environmental ills of mining hinder the sector’s acceptability as a catalyst, which is detrimental to its sustainability at the same time.

Methods: Previous works on mining impacts and life cycle thinking and assessment in the country had been reviewed to glean insights on integrating life cycle thinking in mining. Why and how such thinking and approach should be accounted for in mining is examined from these works to figure out the strategies through which mining is helped in mitigating its environmental ills.

Results and discussion: Life cycle thinking helps establish a logical approach in analysing issues associated with mining processes and products. It is of great relevance in preparing for contingencies for the adverse environmental outcomes that arise at any point of mining’s life cycle (exploration to mine closure) and the mining products’ life cycles (extraction to recycling or to accumulation). With its associated assessment procedures, life cycle thinking provides a logical system in obtaining scientific evidence for forward planning particularly on the aspect of sustainable mitigation of mining’s environmental outcomes.

Conclusions: It is apt that life cycle thinking be seriously accounted for in mining to improve the current undertakings of troubleshooting and addressing the adverse environmental outcomes of mining. Important insights from it facilitate the identification of sustainable mitigation strategies and who could take the lead actions, such as in developing business linkages and new markets to capitalize on the wastes and emissions from mining operations. The insights can greatly help the mining sector build its capability to come in harmony with people and nature, and work as a catalyst of sustainable development in the country.
Keyword Life cycle assessment
Life cycle thinking
Product life cycle
Sustainable development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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