Andrew Cooper, P.Eng, B.Comm., C.E.M., C.M.V.P.
Track N | Energy Management Around the World
Apart from the obvious, tangible environmental impacts of mining and mineral processing, there is also a hidden, possibly far more sinister, environmental and social impact.This is as a result of the greenhouse gasses produced from the energy used to extract, process and dispose of the ore we mine.
Mineral processing is an extremely energy intensive process.According to the Coalition for Energy Efficient Comminution, comminution is, “on average the biggest energy step in mining”(1).This means that people and companies associated with mineral processing are uniquely positioned to positively, or negatively as the case may be, impact energy consumption and the associated greenhouse gasses emitted.
This quick-paced presentation looks at the importance of energy management in mining and mineral processing today, both financially as well as socially.It reveals the simple secret to successful energy management and presents a fundamental approach to improving energy efficiency.In addition it will cover the trials, tribulations and triumphs of the first ISO 50001 implementation at a mine in North America.
Not only does good energy management make financial sense, it’s the right thing to do.