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  1. The mining industry produces materials essential to human progress. It’s the starting point in the supply chain for much of the economy and an important driver of the clean energy transition that will be significantly mineral intensive. But as demand rises, the mining sector faces increasing pressure from governments, investors and society to find new ways to enhance the positive impacts it has across the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

  2. Poorly managed mining operations can negatively impact our natural ecosystems. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat and the building materials we use all rely on biodiversity—the most complex feature of our planet. The mining industry is also an energy intensive industry and currently a significant emitter of greenhouse gases. The good news is advances in technology and changes in management techniques are making it increasingly possible for mining companies to envision a much-reduced environmental footprint from new ways of mining.

    From exploration, construction and operations to mine closure and post closure, mining companies must adopt best-in-class environmental practices through all stages of their mine’s life cycle. Managing tailings facilities responsibly, incorporating energy efficiency and GHG emissions reduction plans into their project’s core design, and implementing water-related plans and management systems to protect our world’s water supply from industrial pollution are just some of the many ways the mining industry can evolve to become better environmental stewards.

  3. Environmental practices must be integrated throughout the mine-to-market value chain to protect and preserve the environment, all while establishing and maintaining good relationships with local communities.
  1. Mining companies have come to realize that the only way to be economically viable is to operate while being environmentally and socially responsible. And to achieve their aggressive sustainability goals, they’ll require strong coordination among multiple stakeholders. A better understanding and appreciation of the value of biodiversity, both to their long-term operations and to local communities, will be essential to succeed. Technology, digitalization and sustainability will also need to work hand in hand to help the mining industry make smarter decisions, faster and more efficiently.

    At BBA, our experts have the capacity to turn high-level environmental and social commitments into action on the ground. We’re committed to supporting industrial companies in changing the way they operate and the way their people work to deliver concrete and sustainable results. Our teams can help mining companies have a real impact at every stage of their sustainability journey. We offer key services to the mining industry:

    • Environmental studies, such as GHG footprint studies, ground and surface water quality, sensitive ecosystems and threatened or vulnerable species, environmental and social baseline and noise environment
    • Strategic mine planning and design
    • Strategic and operational mine waste and tailings management plans
    • Design and construction of water management and treatment solutions
    • Implementation of circular economy systems
    • Social studies, such as cultural and anthropological assessments, Indigenous communities and land claims
    • Compliance inspections and examinations, monitoring reports and mitigation plans
    • Energy efficiency plans and clean energy system integration
    • Industrial power system planning, design, monitoring and analysis
    • Development and implementation of advanced process control strategies
    • Predictive modelling based on AI and machine learning technologies
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