Innovation, sustainability to lead debate at Copper to the World Online

The South Australian Government’s Copper to the World conference will be held online on June 23. Speakers will discuss issues ranging from re-establishing output growth after COVID-19, meeting enhanced market expectations on environmental, social and governance, and transitioning to low-emission mining.

Held annually in Adelaide, this year’s online event is free to access and will give participants the chance to listen to a world class field of speakers.

The outlook for copper

The Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan, Minister for Energy and Mining, Government of South Australia, will open the conference and outline the vision for what is already one of the world’s most sustainable and technologically-advanced mining regions. The minister will also make announcements linked to investment and innovation in the South Australian mining sector.

CRU Principal Analyst, Craig Lang, will follow by offering a global copper market outlook, a review of the copper sector and its resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Preparing for the carbon-neutral transition

Enhanced trading exchange, investor, and customer ESG expectations now dominate discussion within the metals sector, not least in copper. In response, the new Copper Mark will enable copper producers and refiners to demonstrate responsible practice across 32 environmental, social, and governance issues aligned with the Responsible Mineral Initiative’s (RMI) Risk Readiness Assessment.

As the first two copper producers –  Oyu Tolgoi LLC, Mongolia; and Kennecott Utah Copper LLC, USA – go through the Copper Mark accreditation process, Executive Director Michele Brulhart will provide an exclusive progress update on the framework while also outlining the long-term roadmap for the Mark and its implications on the global copper market.

Ashley Brinson, Executive Director, The Warren Centre, will officially launch the group’s new research paper, Technology Roadmap of the Zero Emission Copper Mine of the Future, outlining a framework for copper miners to become zero emission producers over the next 20–30 years. As a fundamental component in electric vehicles (EV), EV charging infrastructure, and renewable power generation, copper is playing a key role in the global carbon-neutral transition. This new roadmap will outline how Australia can lead the world in ensuring the production, and supply of copper itself also becomes significantly less carbon and water intensive.

Register for the event here.

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