‘Mining’s future lies in circularity’: unique event launched

‘The industry needs to extract value, not just materials’

Crucial conversations about process and product circularity in mining are set to take place at a unique new forum that will run alongside one of the world’s major mining exhibitions in October.

The inaugural two-day Mining, Metals and the Circular Economy conference will be held during International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) on October 29 and 30 at the ICC Sydney, Australia.

Day one keynote Ashleigh Morris, who co-founded Brisbane circular economy consultancy Coreo in 2017, says mining’s future lies in circularity.

“The industry needs to extract value, not just materials,” she says.

“Circularity is how mining companies can minimise environmental impact, reduce emissions, and still deliver the critical resources needed for a decarbonised world.”

In a powerful address at the Australian Mine Waste Symposium earlier this year, Morris said transitioning to a circular economy involved more than just technical adjustments.

“It necessitates a systemic shift in how mining operations are conceived,” she said.

“This transformation extends to processes, supply chains, and business models, which can be challenging for established mining companies.”

IMARC and Mining, Metals and the Circular Economy are organised by Beacon Events.

Event director Sherene Asnasyous says the conference agenda, featuring leaders from across the mining value chain, “echoes the importance of industry collaboration in achieving full circularity”.

“Mining companies of all sizes, as well as their supply chains, will benefit from the conference to better understand the roles they play in a circular value supply stream,” she says.

“Delegates will have the opportunity to hear from international and local speakers who will share examples of circularity applications in the mining industry, while generating tangible economic benefits.”

The conference will cover best practices in the mining and metals sectors, including the commercialisation of remining waste, recycling metals, mine rehabilitation, community engagement, and the role of technology in circularity.

As well as Morris, confirmed speakers include Vale future use general manager, Gustavo Roque, Materials Efficiency Research Group director Alan Young, Katharine Hole, CEO of the Association for the Battery Recycling Industry, and Circular PV Alliance co-founder Megan Jones.

More information can be found at https://imarcglobal.com/miningcircular/


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