A low-carbon future
A low-carbon future for mining is the only option available for the sector. Over the last few issues, we discussed in several articles how having a profitable mining project is not enough to be successful. Mining projects also need to be respectful of the surrounding communities and the environment. New policies, practices, and technologies must be implemented during these projects’ development to be more profitable and environmentally sustainable.
In this issue, we shed some light on projects and technologies that are being developed to have access to cleaner energies and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Articles on pages 12 to 23 and pages 32 to 36 discuss several topics and state-of-the-art technologies related to clean mining, such as managing mining waste, reducing carbon emissions, and the latest in battery technology.
According to the Mining Association of Canada, mining is naturally connected to clean technology. Mined raw materials go full circle, being transformed into technology that will be used to assist mining operations in reducing environmental footprints and enhancing efficiency and reliability. These same raw materials are also enabling the world to transition to a low-carbon future.
Additionally, our feature article on “Mining in Quebec” on page 26 explains how Quebec’s supportive resource development sector, access to skilled labour, and its proximity to high-growth electric vehicle markets in North America and Europe are making the province a highly attractive investment destination for lithium production. The article also provides updates on active lithium projects and mines in la belle province. Unsurprisingly, while drafting this editorial, I became aware that Sweden’s Northvolt picked Quebec for its new multibillion-dollar EV battery factory.
On page 8, our regular law column discusses how electric vehicles, critical minerals, and governments are shaping the future of mobility. Finally, John Sandlos unearths Black history in the mining industry in Canada on page 34. If you are wondering, October is Black history month in Europe.
Canadian Mining Journal’s November issue will focus on underground mining and tunneling, with featured reports on ventilation and communication. Relevant editorial contributions can be sent directly to the Editor in Chief no later than Oct. 10th, 2023. CMJ