Mitsubishi Development has committed $1.1 million to the Australian Centre for Sustainable Mining Practices.
The Centre, currently in its planning stage, will be run out of the University of New South Wales’ School of Mining Engineering.
The Centre will become an international place of excellence in sustainable mining research and education, with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region and provide education for local and international students at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Director of Postgraduate Studies and International Development in the School of Mining Engineering Associate Professor David Laurence said UNSW could bring unique capabilities to the internationally important field of sustainable mining practices.
“Our focus is on every aspect of mining practice: the use of the ore body or the coal seam, and the optimisation of that resource for humankind,” Laurence said.
“We are trying to prolong the benefits of the mineral resource over time. Our approach to sustainable development and the mining industry is unique – as mining engineers we take a holistic approach to sustainability including the dimensions of community, environment, economic, safety and resource efficiency. Using that approach will help mines take the steps needed to maintain their social license to operate.”