Energy and Eco-Efficiency in Mining and Processing

Energy use and environmental responsibility are increasingly critical in mining, milling, smelting and refining. Significant advances have been made to the quality of environmental control in recent years. With the growing importance of ensuring the sustainability of our planet, environmental regulations are becoming more stringent. Our responsibilities to the communities in which our industry operates increase as essential resources like water and land become scarcer, and continual improvements in the eco-efficiency of our sector are needed.

In this symposium, we review what factors have led to advances in energy and eco-efficiency in mining and processing. We will identify the main challenges we face, and explore how these may provide guidance for future progress. This symposium will include formal presentations of papers, with a preferred focus on practical applications of advances in these areas. A more informal panel discussion will encourage dialogue amongst attendees. The symposium is hosted by the Environment Section of the Metallurgy and Materials Society of CIM (MetSoc).

Topics will include:

  • Ni/Co energy and eco-efficiency advances and challenges (in conjunction with Nickel Cobalt 2017)
  • Au processing energy and eco-efficiency advances and challenges (in conjunction with World Gold 2017)
  • Energy use in mining and metallurgy (incl. green energy)
  • Waste minimization, treatment and disposal
  • Water use and treatment

View our Keynote speakers! 

The Environment Section of MetSoc is pleased to announce an exciting keynote session and discussion on Energy and Eco-Efficiency in the mining industry. The environmental, economic, energy and social challenges related to mining and processing are becoming increasingly difficult, and we need to consider new ways of doing things. Come listen to our speakers address some of these challenges and propose solutions, and take part in the discussion afterwards.

  • Laurie Reemeyer will discuss integrated mining and processing systems design for eco-efficiency
  • Krishna Parameswaran will discuss energy use, conservation and eco-efficiency in the primary copper industry
  • Mick Bunyard will look at the future shape of mineral processing.

Monday 10:05 am - don’t miss it! Leading on from this opening session, join us as we spend the Monday afternoon session looking at energy in more detail. Rumour has it that we may even be serving ice-cream during the afternoon break out on the balcony.  

Symposium Chair(s):

Noelene Ahern
AuTec Innovative Extractive Solutions Ltd.

Roki Fukuzawa


Call for Abstracts Deadline
Extended! Until January 31, 2017

Paper Submission Deadline
March 1, 2017

Paper Review Process Begins
February 1, 2017 – April 15, 2017

Final Paper Submission Deadline
May 1, 2017

Author Registration Deadline
May 15, 2017

Student Poster Session Opens
March 1, 2017

Early-bird Registration
June 23, 2017

Student Poster Session Closes
August 1, 2017


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