New technologies and regulations have significantly improved mining efficiency and reduced the environmental impact although there is always room for improvement. In many instances adopting a sustainable approach to mining and implementing environmentally sound practices can improve operational efficiency and reduce costs.
Creating an environmentally sustainable mining operation starts with reducing your mine’s inputs and outputs. In this two-part post, we look at how to reduce your inputs and outputs.
Water is used in many applications at mine sites and because South Africa is a water scarce country, mines need to look at more efficient way of working with this precious resource. Mines should consider using a closed water system where effluent water is drained, collected and reused or recycled. This reduces the demand for fresh water and minimises resultant pollution.
Mining and metals processing is an energy intensive exercise. Once again living in a country that has faced an energy crisis has raised the importance of prioritising energy efficiency in mining operations. More mining companies are leading by example and reducing their energy consumption through reliance on renewable and clean energy sources such as solar and wind.
xMMP (exploration, Mining & Minerals Processing) is a mining “ERP” solution that covers the Total Life of Mine (‘LOM’). Managing mineral rights (tenements) claims, exploration, drilling, EPCM for the development phase, actual mining, stockpiles, plant, shipping and dispatching all the way to mine rehabilitation.
From exploration to closure and everything in between, mining activities use land at every stage of their cycle. To reduce the impacts of mining on land, miners can reduce the overall footprint of the mining area, and maintain biodiversity by transplanting or culturing any endangered plants found on site wherever possible.
Don’t miss part two of our post where we look at three ways to reduce your outputs and create an environmentally sustainable mining operation.
Resolve Immix’s xMMP (exploration, Mining & Minerals Processing) solution is a mining Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution that covers the Total Life of Mine (LOM). From managing mineral rights (tenements) claims, exploration, drilling, EPCM for the development phase, actual mining, stockpiles, plant, shipping and dispatching all the way to mine rehabilitation, Resolve’s xMMP solution is just what every mine needs.
The solution provides mine operations with the tools and real-time data needed to improve asset performance, impress compliance and increase production from the mine to final product. Contact Resolve Immix for more information today.