Dirt on dirty gold

The dirt on dirty gold

When it comes to gold, visions of ‘luxury’, ‘beauty’ and ‘prosperity’ readily spring to mind. But not all that glitters is attractive and most of the gold on the market today is “dirty” gold. The term has nothing to do with the cleanliness or purity of the metal itself but reflects the processes used to…
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Outlook 2020 clean tech key to risks

Outlook 2020: Clean technology key to mining risks

Clean technology is the key to managing risks and building future value and resilience in the mining industry, according to a review of the risks and opportunities facing Australian’s mining industry in 2020. The Australian forecast reflects global market trends that show environmental risks have intensified, regulation is getting tighter and societal demands for greater…
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Gold mining's vice-like grip on the environment

Gold mining’s vice-like grip on the environment

Beyond the shiny end-product of the gold mining process is the unfortunate reality that traditional processing methods come with serious and widespread health and environmental risks. Cyanide and mercury have been used in gold mining for more than a century and the pressure is on the industry to change as regulators move to ban toxic…
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Field Test Demonstration

Making mercury history in gold mining

Clean Mining now has a complete solution for replacing mercury in the artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector. Mercury is a neurotoxic substance commonly used in extracting gold in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM). This practice comprises roughly 15 – 25% of all gold production, and yet contributes to nearly 40% of all global…
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Gold miners dying for a better solution

It might be a relatively small slice of the mining industry, accounting for less than 20% of global gold production, but artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) operations are the biggest source of mercury pollution in the world. The sector punches well above its weight producing almost 40% or nearly 830 tonnes of the 2,200…
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Clean Mining strikes gold in industry awards

Clean Mining’s innovative gold processing technology has won international recognition, taking the top award in the mineral processing category in this year’s Mining Magazine Awards. The industry-choice awards celebrate excellence and innovation in the global mining industry, acknowledging those who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to advancing the industry during the preceding 12 months. Clean Mining’s…
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Mercury havoc in the Amazon

Mercury pollution wreaks havoc in the Amazon

An increasing number of illegal, small-scale gold miners have been blamed by scientists for intensifying mercury pollution in Madre de Dios, a region in Peru’s southeastern Amazon Basin. Researchers from Duke University, in North Carolina, say the upsurge in small-scale gold mining over the past 20 years has caused extensive environmental damage. Large tracts of…
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Dangerous tailings dams

The dangers of tailing dams

Perched alongside thousands of mining operations around the world are tailing dams – vast reservoirs that store a toxic sludge of mining by-products, including water, rock particles and chemicals like cyanide and mercury. There are an estimated 3,500 active tailings dams currently in existence globally and some of these dams represent the largest engineered structures…
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clean gold blog post

How to set up an eco-friendly gold processing plant

When you’ve literally struck gold and are ready to start processing, it’s easy to turn to traditional methods to extract your gold from ore – but there is a better, safer and cost-effective solution. Learn how you can be eco-friendly in this article. Traditional gold processing methods generally use the toxic chemicals cyanide or mercury…
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clean mining next generation post

Next-gen tech helps clean up mining

While mining is often associated with environmental damage, excessive energy and water use and safety issues, it’s also a vital global industry that creates countless jobs and sustains local businesses and economies. Next-gen tech helps clean up mining – it’s also a vital global industry that creates countless jobs and sustains local businesses and economies.…
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ethical gold

How to spot ethical gold

As one of the most prized minerals on the planet, the allure of gold is universally common and yet obtaining consistent information about gold and its source of origin can be surprising complex. As consumers become increasingly environmentally and ethically conscious, a range of certifications, collaboratives and initiatives have emerged to provide consumers with information…
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hidden costs of gold

The hidden costs of gold mining

When it comes to gold mining, unfortunately, all that shines is not only the precious mineral. Glistening among most gold mining operations are toxic chemicals like cyanide and mercury and wastewater-filled tailing dams that catch water infused with harmful chemicals and other mining by-products. While cyanide and mercury are a highly effective reagents for extracting…
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how to unlock viable gold deposits

How to unlock unviable gold deposits

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As global gold prices continue to climb, miners are investing in exploration activities when they may be better off finding new ways to unlock previously unviable or ‘stranded’ deposits. Stranded deposits – that is, gold deposits that are too small, too far from a mill with an inappropriate open pit stripping ratio to be economically…
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metallurgists engineers

Global search under way for engineers and metallurgists

To support its business growth strategy, Clean Mining has embarked on a search to recruit world-class metallurgists and process engineers. The recruitment process follows the successful launch of Clean Mining’s cyanide-free gold processing technology in June 2019, which has been met with strong interest from potential clients and suppliers. Clean Mining Managing Director said the…
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nordhoff

Demand for clean gold strong, say jewellers

Recipients of the first Clean Gold™ in Australia, jewellers Samantha and Clinton Nordhoff, say demand for sustainably produced gold is strong, and that appetite is growing among today’s ethical-driven consumers. The jewellers started using the cyanide-free gold produced as part of the CSIRO-Clean Mining trial in 2018 to satisfy demand from clients seeking ethically-produced, high…
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Cyanide-free world

Cyanide-free gold grabs international attention

Miners, suppliers, potential distribution partners and even research institutes are among those that have welcomed Clean Mining’s cyanide-free gold processing solution since it was launched in June. Clean Mining Managing Director Jeff McCulloch said the company had fielded queries from all corners of the globe, with particular interest stemming from Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, Russia…
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Jeff McCulloch

CSIRO announces Clean Mining exclusive

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, has announced Clean Mining has the exclusive rights to sell and distribute new cyanide-free gold processing technology worldwide. The innovative, cost-effective processing technology replaces cyanide with a safer, less hazardous chemical reagent, thiosulphate. This inorganic compound helps dissolve fine gold out of ores into a solution, which can then be…
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APPMC conference 2018

Clean Mining joins headline panel at metals conference

When hundreds of the world’s top thought-leaders and decision-makers descend on Singapore for the Asia Pacific Precious Metals Conference, Clean Mining will be front and centre in the discussion on industry sustainability. Managing Director Jeff McCulloch has been invited to join a panel discussion on the regulation of the precious metals supply chain and whether…
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ethical gold rush

Ethical gold rush: Consumers rank conscience over carats

Growing volumes of evidence show consumers are seeking out brands and products underpinned by socially responsible business practices showing ethical gold. A well-cited study, conducted by Ipsos Mori in 2015, reported more than 80% of consumers surveyed thought a retailer’s ethical standards mattered to them. Over a third of customers reported their consumer behaviour would…
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