Sustainability and sustainable development in minerals and energy supply

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Session chairs:
Professor Chris Moran, University of Queensland
Associate Professor Sumit Lodhia, University of South Australia
Dr Nadja Kunz, Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology

Call for Abstracts for presentations at the Global Cleaner Production and Sustainable Consumption Conference: Accelerating the Transition to Equitable, Sustainable Post-Fossil-Carbon Societies”, to be held in Sitges, Barcelona, Spain, Nov. 1 – 4, 2015.

Society relies on the supply of minerals and energy. Broad-scale implementation of cradle-to-cradle processes will not produce sufficient metals to supply social development in the medium term. No energy technology is available to power the communities that does not require mined products. Consequently, mining of primary resources will remain necessary for the foreseeable future. Mining leaders have recognized the need for a new contract with society over mining. The new contract requires mining companies to reconsider their purpose; a shift from commodity extraction to an engine of social development and maintenance of quality of life. Such an outlook confronts the significant challenges of the negative environmental and social consequences of mining.

In 2014, the Journal of Cleaner Production published a large special volume on “The sustainability agenda of the minerals and energy supply and demand network: an integrative analysis of ecological, ethical, economic, and technological dimensions”.

This workshop offers an opportunity to assess the content of the SV and related literature in terms of meeting the challenges of this new social contract. The overarching questions are:

  1. Do we have the knowledge needed to create a step change in sustainability performance of mining? Such a step change must include the whole minerals and energy supply and demand network comprising of suppliers, consumers and affected communities. The role of technology must also be critically examined.
  2. Are the factors that define the responsibility of the mining industry for Sustainable Development defined well enough to assess progress?
  3. Is there evidence from sustainability management and reporting practices to support the transition to sustainable practices by mining companies?
    Authors are invited to prepare and submit abstracts, in English, of 500 words by May 29th, 2015 via the Global Conference website: www.cleanerproductionconference.com

After your extended abstract has been reviewed you will be invited to develop a conference paper on the topic. After the Global Conference, some articles will be selected to be developed for potential publication within one of several Special Volumes of the JCLP that will be developed based upon inputs to the Conference.

Professor Chris Moran
Director,
Sustainable Minerals Institute
The University of Queensland
Brisbane, Australia
chris.moran@uq.edu.au

Associate Professor Sumit Lodhia
Director, Centre for Accounting, Governance and Sustainability
University of South Australia Business School
Adelaide, Australia
Sumit.Lodhia@unisa.edu.au

Dr Nadja Kunz
Postdoctoral Researcher
Eawag (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology)
Zurich, Switzerland
Nadja.Kunz@eawag.ch

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