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Science Business Society Dialogue Conference

05.12.17 AHK Süd-Afrika - News-Hauptkategorie

The Competence Centre Mineral Resources attended the Science Business Society Dialogue Conference about the sustainable use of abandoned mines in the SADC region. With ever increasing global demands for mineral resources and the associated rise in mining activities worldwide, pressure is mounting to soon find affordable ways of using exhausted mines in a manner that prevents them from becoming long-term liabilities, often posing environmental and health risks while placing large financial burdens on future generations. Apart from significant once-off investment for post-closure remediation these costs are also caused by indefinite tasks such as ongoing post-mining water management.

Therefore the Competence Centres Head, Mr. Rene Zarske was speaking about the responsibilities of the Competence Centre at the South African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry and pointed out how the Competence Centre is strengthening the mining activities in the region. The delegates agreed on the following points:

  1. Finding ways for reliable long-term preservation of knowledge, data and expertise as base of a resilient and adoptive post-closure site management.
  2. The internationalization of social and environmental post-closure costs in planning and approving of mining operations to secure sufficient funds for structured closure and remediation.
  3. Innovative technologies, including affordable low tech and low energy solutions, aimed at preventing legacy sites and transforming potential liabilities into future assets.
  4. Health, safety and capacity building of workers involved in remediation.
  5. Financing and/or enabling reference projects to gain experience in implementing innovative technologies
  6. Continuous exchange of experience in the field

The Competence Centre’s team is looking forward to several workshops and seminars of this important topic.