Social issues and ESG initiatives and mandates in Mining are more prominent than ever within the sector. A recent report from Ernst & Young (EY) has indicated that in 2022, for the first time ever, environmental and social issues took the number one spot in their review of risks and opportunities in the global mining and metals sector.
Some of the biggest mining companies are also noting shifting priorities from their clients. “Practically all of our customers are talking about, and requesting, cleaner technologies now,” said Pia Sundberg of Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions in a recent publication of the Engineering and Mining Journal. “Local legislation is a key driver, as well as the general proactive approach toward environmental issues.”