Sustainable mining

The minerals sector has made great strides in greatly reducing its environmental footprint and ensuring a sustainable future.

The minerals industry is among sectors of New Zealand society where great strides have been made in terms of discharges to water and air, rehabilitating exploration and mining sites, managing effects on biodiversity, and helping communities plan their future after a mine closes.

Environmental management is core business for the New Zealand minerals sector.  Examples can be seen in the case studies below. Industry awards programmes are giving more prominence to innovative environmental initiatives, such as cleaner burning of coal, managing acid mine drainage and ecological restoration of mine sites.

Many mining companies also participate in initiatives such as the Business for Biodiversity Offsets Programme (BBOP), the Sustainable Business Council’s corporate ecosystem services review, the Global Mining Initiative, and others.

Through these avenues, companies are improving their reporting on sustainability, their vision for their businesses and best-practice.