We recently caught up with Resources & Energy Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Christian Price to talk about the future direction of their Group in partnership with Clean Mining.
As explained by Price, a key focus of their future strategy is the clearly the linking of the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 with their financial goals. An important contribution to this is their partnership with Clean Mining Limited, as not only is Clean Mining technology a cheaper, cleaner and greener processing option, but it immediately ticks off 6 of the 17 goals for the Resources & Energy Group.
“We are very much ahead of the curve and have had these goals in place from our inception – not a bolt-on after thought. It’s all going to be tied in with our business plan and the way that we operate.” (Price)
Here Price takes us through how the 6 goals are being achieved by the Resources and Energy Group:
Goal 6: Ensure access to clean water and sanitation for all
This target includes improving water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials; halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally.
Clean Mining technology addresses this requirement, as it reduces seepage of mercury going back into the environment and doesn’t leech back into the environment. In addition, the technology avoids the reuse of water and eliminates the need to extract any additional water than what’s required for processing.
Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
The focus of this goal is on universal access to energy, increased energy efficiency and increased use of renewable energy. Depending on the size of the plant, an add-on to Clean Mining technology could be the use of battery technology and/or solar powered battery technology, which in turn could be utilised to give some clean energy to the local town.
Goal 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth
By implementing Clean Mining technology, we can provide job creation opportunities, develop skill sets and grow the community thereby enriching the quality of life for all within a region. Higher levels of economic productivity can be achieved as well as technological upgrading and innovation. We can see an area like Menzies, WA benefiting from this straight away.
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Thinking of new ways to repurpose old material and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes is a key target for this goal and clearly one that the innovative Clean Mining processes utilised within an existing infrastructure ticks on many levels.
Goal 12: Responsible Consumption & Production
Here the focus is on achieving the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes and significantly reducing their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment. Waste generation is to be reduced through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.
Again, this is where the implementation of Clean Mining technology and processes are invaluable in achieving this goal to grow sustainable communities through proper control of waste generation.
Goal 14: Life Below Water
Careful management of water is a key feature of a sustainable future. When Clean Mining technology is used close to water bodies, it significantly eliminates and reduces pollution and contamination of water when compared to traditional mining techniques.
Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals
This goal recognises that sustainable developments cannot happen in isolation and requires partnerships between governments, the private sector and society.
A clear example for Resources & Energy Group is their upcoming partnership with Clean Mining Limited. This displays how partnerships will lead to the alignment of goals between 2 companies, and in turn contribute towards the achievement of the 17 sustainable development goals.
Price is of the firm belief that we will very soon start to see many government organisations and industries adopting these goals as part of their social license to operate and for their stakeholder and governance setups.
“At the Resources & Energy Group, we want to make sure it’s on a fundamental and authentic level that has many impacts on the community. We need to work out how to effectively grow our enterprise without impacting or negatively affecting communities and working with Clean Mining Limited will help us achieve this.”