MAY 16: Laboratory gas testing firm GeoGAS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of RungePincockMinarco (RPM) has attained accreditation in gas chromatography testing at its Mackay and Wollongong laboratories in eastern Australia.
ENERGY efficiency has long been touted as a win-win, yielding benefits in the form of both lower costs and reduced environmental impact. This is true, but does not begin to account for the full range of benefits that accrue to businesses that optimise the energy use of their operations.
WITH the challenges ahead of miners on the rise, chief executives need to have a firm handle on the individual sustainability issues their projects face if they are to be successful and mining is to continue improving its image, Ben Peachey, a director of the International Council on Mining and Metals, told HighGrade.
EXCEEDING strict guidelines aimed at preventing Tasmania’s Savage River being adversely affected by discharges from the nearby namesake iron ore mine – at a particularly testing time for mining in the Tarkine wilderness area – earned a technical advisory firm kudos and produced a better mine-river buffer.
OCTOBER 22: Mining companies operating in Western Australia will be required to contribute to a new Mining Rehabilitation Fund from July 2013 under legislation approved by state parliament.
VETERAN mineral processing engineer and founder of Canada’s R & C Environmental Consulting Services, Randy Agius, has joined with Australia’s Gekko Systems to establish the Global Detox Group, offering cyanide detoxification expertise and services.
YOU plant a tree and protect a frog, but are mining companies actually effectively protecting ecosystems in their biodiversity efforts?
FLOODING is part of the natural cycle of climate variability, so the current discussion about whether the recent floods in Queensland, Australia, or the record breaking drought that preceded them, were caused by climate change, unnecessarily diverts attention away from the urgent need to adapt to climate extremes.
PHIL Baker, GHD’s global environment business leader for mining, says these are extraordinary times for the environment consulting sector, a fact underlined by the billion-dollar firm last year when its amazing total graduate intake during a severe market downturn included more than 30 environmental scientists.
WATER is essential to the mining industry and the extraction and pumping of water from wells to the mines uses significant energy.