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Worldwide, businesses are increasingly pursuing sustainability or Green Growth, and this is also the case with the NZ minerals sector.
Straterra believes the minerals sector has a good environmental track record in New Zealand, since the passing of the Resource Management Act 1991, the Crown Minerals Act 1991, the Conservation Act 1987, and other legislation.
There will always be room for improvement. Straterra is committed to promoting green mining in New Zealand, drawing on advances in New Zealand and overseas.
In 2011 the Government appointed an advisory group to report on Green Growth in New Zealand. Drawing on work carried out by the OECD, this is an important initiative for New Zealand, and is supported by Straterra.
View the GGAG's report, Greening Growth, released in March 2012. Among the 26 recommendations is a call to renew the national conversation on minerals and mining. View Straterra's summary position on government policies here
The NZ resource sector is relevant to Green Growth in many ways:
Minerals and energy are essential inputs for global society, and in New Zealand, regardless of the economic path taken.
The NZ resource sector aims to strive beyond environmental compliance, because it is a legal requirement, for reputational reasons, and as part of gaining a "social licence" to operate.
Properly managed and encouraged, the resource sector could make a much greater contribution to the national economy, and in regions. The healthier the NZ economy, the better position the nation will be in to pursue Green Growth.
The NZ Government is actively pursuing legislative and regulatory reforms for New Zealand's oceans, land and freshwater. Straterra is a stakeholder in public policy processes, and engages in business-led process, for example, the Sustainable Business Council.
Mining today is a knowledge-based, hi-tech industry employing skilled people, producing essential materials. Click on the following links for more information: