Copper’s growing green credentials

Chile Copper Commission's Jorge Cantallopts at last year's conference.

Emerging trends for “Green Copper” will feature in the opening session at next month’s Copper to the World Conference in Adelaide, June 26, a new addition to the program.

Jorge Cantallopts from the Chile Copper Commission will outline how the Chilean copper industry is responding to growing market signals for the responsible production of copper.

One Chilean initiative by CODELCO, referred to as “Responsible, Sustainable and Traceable Copper”, involves applying a certified system for copper production, by paying attention to copper mining’s carbon and water footprint, community impact, human rights, diversity, occupational safety and health, and other aspects along the copper value production chain.

The approach mirrors global socio-environmental trends in other markets where product pricing reflects the environmental footprint and social aspects of product production.

Jorge’s presentation will be timely given this world-first approach for copper has been progressively rolled out in the past six months, and is now attracting agreements across the value chain to end markets.

Other international speakers headlining the opening session include Vanessa Davidson, director copper strategy and research of CRU, who will provide a global outlook on the copper market and BHP’s Patricio Hidalgo, general manager of sales at BHP, speaking on International copper market trends.

Andrés Pesce Aron of Fundación Chile, who oversees an open innovation platform is sure to impress as he shares how this “Do Tank’s” approach of taking common technical problems to the market has brought forward practical, tangible solutions – building a positive reputation and good will for ongoing collaboration.

Also joining the program will be Hal Stillman, from the International Copper Association speaking on emerging technologies in copper mining and Jeanne Els, regional director, Hatch on the future of smelting.

A new addition to the program is Mark Carroll the first assistant secretary of the Woomera Prohibited Area Coexistence Review Team who will outline the review now underway.

Major copper producers in Australia – BHP, OZ Minerals and Newcrest will update the audience on technologies they are applying to help them get copper out of the ground.

Meanwhile, as the global copper deficit drawers nearer, the conference will wrap up by looking at national and local approaches to fill the copper gap by boosting exploration success with presenters from the National UNCOVER initiative and AMIRA International.  Local explorers will round out the session with their successes and exploration programs underway.

The Copper to the World program at the Adelaide Convention Centre, June 26 will deliver key insights into opportunities shaping the sector, with topics spanning the international outlook for copper, Australian and global perspectives on new technologies in copper mining, innovation in engagement and the ongoing work to discover the next resource.

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