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. Please see part 1 of this blog for the inputs.
Herewith, the ways in which you can reducing Outputs
Mine waste includes solid waste, mine water, and air particles, which can vary significantly in their composition and potential for environmental contamination. In South Africa, the problem of acid mine drainage and mine waste is a major issue. By having a clearly defined waste management plan, mine operators can minimise or perhaps even eliminate waste as well as prevent soil, water and air pollution.
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.
Cleaner production techniques
Adopting a cleaner approach to production techniques can transform the way a mine operates. For example; using waste as raw material and reducing the amount of waste produced through process re-engineering or treating water before it is released back into the environment.
Restoring environmental function
Once a mine has reached the end of its lifespan, it is essential that a well thought out mine closure and rehabilitation strategy is implemented. Restoring the land used by mining activities to such an extent that it is in an acceptable state for re-use by people and eco-system should be a top priority.
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.