This half day workshop is an exciting opportunity to learn about the International Council on Mining and Metals ICMM flagship projects and to find out how to get involved.
Date: Monday 29 October 2018
Time: 2:00am – 5:30pm
Location: Melbourne Convention Centre
Senior members of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) will lead a workshop to launch the next ICMM flagship projects. Come and learn how you can collaborate in this global initiative to accelerate innovation in tailings management and the design of safer and greener mobile equipment. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about these global projects and to find out how to get involved.
ICMM is an international organisation dedicated to a safe, fair and sustainable mining and metals industry. Bringing together 25 mining and metals companies and over 30 regional and commodities associations ICMM strengthens environmental and social performance with a truly global reach. ICMM serves as a catalyst for change; enhancing mining’s contribution to society.
The mining and metals industry can play a significant role in catalysing social and economic development. ICMM believe that by encouraging closer collaboration among industry leaders, its members can help alleviate poverty and give people access to a better life. To do this, ICMM company members are represented on its Council of CEOs (our highest decision-making body). This collaboration is supported by continuous dialogue with a broad range of stakeholders, including governments, international organisations, representatives of communities and indigenous peoples, civil society, academia and other industrial sectors in the value chains of minerals and metals.
ICMM recently hosted several events that brought together its company members and their suppliers to look at how all could work together to tackle key challenges that are facing the sector. On most mining sites, mobile equipment is used that runs on diesel fuel. Diesel exhaust emits small particles called diesel particulate matter (DPM) which if inhaled can lead to lung diseases and cancers. Diesel is also a fossil fuel so it contributes to global warming by releasing carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere when burnt. ICMM fully supports the Paris Agreement and is committed to taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the fight against climate change.
Despite continued efforts to improve health and safety conditions at mining sites, accidents involving trucks and mobile mining equipment were the second highest cause of operational fatalities recorded by ICMM member companies in 2016 when 11 people died. ICMM and its members are committed to reducing fatalities to zero.
Mobile equipment became the focus of an innovation summit held with our company members and their original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to:
- Minimise the health effects of diesel particulate matter (DPM)
- Improve collision management
- Reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases.
The meetings between ICMM members and suppliers were well attended with nearly 50 participants from over 10 ICMM members and nine OEMs. The meetings developed the primary aims and governance structure for the initiative and clearly demonstrated that there is a strong appetite for collaboration to address these issues.
Another flag ship project for ICMM is tailings management, which is integral to the production of most metals and minerals. While wet tailings disposal options offer certain advantages over alternatives in some situations, the consequences of operational failures can be very high. Regulatory intervention in tailings management is likely to increase and will impact operating cost. Concerted action by industry to address this issue and reduce the footprint of mines should be positively supported by regulators and NGOs and local communities and will increase societal acceptance of new mines.
ICMM released a position statement on preventing catastrophic failure of tailings storage facilities in 2016 http://www.icmm.com/tailings-ps. In November 2017, the ICMM Council of CEOs agreed to explore the feasibility of a long-term programme of work towards developing superior and cost-effective alternatives to conventionally managed tailings storage facilities.
ICMM members have been working together over the past few months to develop a road map for the long-term programme, focused around alternative methods of mineral recovery (can tailings generation be avoided), promote development of technologies to remove moisture and strengthen tailings, and improving technology to strengthen controls for conventionally managed tailings storage facilities.
It was recognised that greater collaboration would act as the catalyst in focusing and accelerating technology innovation to bring health, safety and environmental benefits across the sector. In response to this clear need, ICMM has initiated a two new flagship projects to support these aims.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE ICMM FLAGSHIP PROJECTS WORKSHOP?
- Senior representatives from mining houses
- Mining Equipment, Technology & Service Providers (METS)
- Digital solution providers
AusIMM Professional Development (PD)
Attending a workshop at the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) will contribute up to 7.5 hours towards your professional development (PD).
AusIMM members are encouraged to engage in ongoing professional development (PD) throughout their career. Maintaining current knowledge and skills through PD activities is key to ensuring AusIMM members continue to be the leading professionals in the global resources sector.