Sustainable initiatives are a prominent theme in the mining, oil, and gas business, aside from profit margins and safety records. They are critical not just for the prosperity of the communities in which businesses operate, but also for the prosperity of the entire planet.
We’ve developed a list of the most significant initiatives that mining firms should start implementing right away, based on some of the best practices from throughout the industry.
1.Community Inspired Programs
Building community-inspired programs is one of the most important goals that mining, oil, and gas corporations can achieve for the surrounding areas. Beyond the jobs and investments that these community development projects offer to communities, they can have a larger impact on the societies in which they operate.
According to the World Gold Council, “these programs should be designed to meet local needs and priorities, and include investments in sectors including education, entrepreneurship and healthcare.”
For example, Litecon Africa is building sustainable community programs that comes with thier eco camps for oil, gas, mining and insfrustructure remote camps. Litecon is intergrating program and community health programs that are designed to benefit host communities and intregrate green energy programs that improves their daily lives.
2. Renewable energy resources
Mining is one of the most energy-intensive industries worldwide. It also provides a critical source of raw
materials for the manufacturing, transportation, construction, and energy sectors. Renewables can play a role in displacing heavy oil fuels, diesel, and coal used for electricity-dependent mining operations.
ISM Africa has partnered with Resilient Energy $ Infrustructure to deliver containerized, portable solar microgrids for the mining, oil and gas industries. The tecnology control and integration platform (EMSCIP) allows optimized operation between and among energy assets as well as remote monitoring & benchmarking.
3. Seek continual improvement
The International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM) has outlined the top 10 principles mining companies should implement in their operations. Number five and seek on the list seek continual improvement on health and safety performance and environmental performance
According to the ICMM:
• Implement a management system focused on continual improvement of all aspects of operations that could have a significant impact on the health and safety of our own employees, those of contractors and the communities where we operate.
• Assess the positive and negative, the direct and indirect, and the cumulative environmental impacts of new projects – from exploration through closure.
• Implement an environmental management system focused on continual improvement to review, prevent, mitigate or ameliorate adverse environmental impacts.
4. Be Transparent
Transparency is one of the most important aspects of responsible mining. Not only is it necessary for long-term development and the formation of a balanced social contract, but it also necessitates the establishment of trust between the mining company and the community.
The following are some suggestions for improving transparency in the metals and mining industries:
- A standardized report on business sustainability performance is an important piece of the transparency puzzle.
- Be accountable for directly informing consumers and the local community about operations.
- Develop responsible sourcing strategies to help clarify what it means to manage a material’s or product’s supply.
- Consider the appropriate environmental and social advantages and consequences.
5. Reclamation innovations
Mine closure and reclamation is an important part of the mining process. Not only does it necessitate a great deal of planning, designing, and implementation, but it also necessitates transferring mine operations to post-mining and then planning for potential socio-economic difficulties.
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