Responsible mineral and energy futures: views at the nexus

Giurco, Damien, Mclellan, Benjamin, Franks, Daniel M., Nansai, Keisuke and Prior, Timothy (2014) Responsible mineral and energy futures: views at the nexus. Journal of Cleaner Production, 84 1: 322-338. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.05.102

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Author Giurco, Damien
Mclellan, Benjamin
Franks, Daniel M.
Nansai, Keisuke
Prior, Timothy
Title Responsible mineral and energy futures: views at the nexus
Journal name Journal of Cleaner Production   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-6526
Publication date 2014-07-06
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.05.102
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 84
Issue 1
Start page 322
End page 338
Total pages 17
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 2105 Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
2300 Environmental Science
1408 Strategy and Management
2209 Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Abstract Societal prosperity is underpinned by access to the increasingly interdependent resources of minerals and energy. In an era of mineral resource constraints and radical transition in the energy sector, this paper reviews the extent to which a long-term view of production and use is adopted in both fields. A long-term view including the mineral-energy nexus is deemed to be necessary (although not sufficient) for managing future resource constraints and energy transitions. Alarmingly, it identifies that the future of minerals resources and production is generally considered 5-10 years ahead rather than several decades or more as for energy. Additionally, the sectors are generally studied independently, rather than with a focus on the nexus. With these findings as evidence of an unaddressed problem, the paper then focusses on the current forces for change in the minerals industry: namely community drivers regarding social licence to operate, new technologies and consumer and government drivers on responsible minerals. As discussions of sustainable development become displaced by the emerging discourse of ‘responsible’ minerals, what is adopted and discarded? Whilst responsible minerals considers chain-of-custody, it does not adopt a long-term view and overlooks the mineral-energy nexus. Using three illustrative cases at the nexus of (i) rare earths-renewables, (ii) coal-steel and (iii) uranium nuclear we extend the theoretical discussion on ‘responsible’ with a range of contemporary examples from the perspectives of producing (Australia) and consuming countries (Japan, Switzerland) and propose a research agenda for an expanded notion of responsible minerals which recognises the complexity of the mineral-energy nexus and connects it to progressing sustainable futures.
Keyword Mineral-energy nexus
Social licence
Supply chain
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Wed, 09 Jul 2014, 23:02:37 EST by Dr Daniel Franks on behalf of Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining