Transform Mining Towards a Zero Waste Industry

The Reality of Mining

There are some undeniable truths about the future of mining that are driving the industry to transform itself. To achieve these goals mining must address some fundamental Grand Challenges and put Key Enablers in place. These are summarized below:

Goals – Mining Must Transform Significantly

Move towards zero waste with a bold reduction in energy use, water use and environmental footprint. CMIC’s vision is 50% reduction by 2027.

Improve mining intensity, labour productivity, and cost efficiency

Improve the safety and health of everyone in the mine

Deliver sustainable long-term benefits to our communities, locally and globally through multi-stakeholder partnerships

Global Mining Trends

Grand Challenges – What Mining Must Figure Out

 

Enablers – Mining Must Drive Towards

AUTONOMOUS MINING

  • Remote control
  • Mechanization
  • Autonomy & automation

FLEXIBLE MINE DESIGN

  • Modularization
  • Interoperability
  • Plug & play

OPEN COLLABORATION

  • Open data and standards
  • Knowledge Hubs
  • Open innovation and IP Management

INTEGRATED DIGITAL PLATFORM

  • Sensors, connectivity & data capture
  • Predictive analytics & artificial intelligence
  • Short-interval control
  • Digital twin for integrated design, planning, scheduling & production

 

CIRCULAR ECONOMY

  • Design out waste and pollution
  • Keep products and materials in use
  • Regenerate natural systems

 

 

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