As you likely know by now, mining doesn’t necessarily have to be harmful to the environment. In fact, there are many ways to make more environmentally friendly mineral extractions. In this article, we’re sharing more ways to achieve just that:
1. Building from Reusable Waste
Many mines already have a large number of reclaimed building materials that are perfect candidates for reuse. Whether a project calls for new, durable building materials or something a little more historic, building from reclaimed materials creates a unique structure that adds incredible character to the mine site. This approach is also great for saving money and producing something that is truly one-of-a-kind.
2. Investing in R&D for Green Mining Technologies
With the right funding, smart minds can figure out how to make mining more efficient, effective, and environmentally friendly. Technology has changed in many areas, but mining has stayed the same for years. Green mining R&D can improve mining’s environmental impact and make it more efficient.
3. Closing and Reclaiming Shut-Down Mine Sites
There are hundreds of shuttered mines across the country that are still leaking many of the minerals that were being mined there. By reclaiming these sites and returning the land to its original state, we can prevent further damage to our environment. Additionally, closing and reclaiming shuttered mines is a great way to showcase your commitment to the environment, and it can save money in the long run.
4. Replenishing the Environment after the Mine
There are some mining techniques that are so effective that they actually replenish the environment as they mine. Examples include:
- Underground mining requires digging more than rock. In fact, it also requires digging tunnels and caverns. By excavating below ground, these mines can actually help the soil from caving in, as well as replenish groundwater levels.
- Surface mining, like mountaintop removal, can be an effective and environmentally friendly practice. It tends to have a bad reputation because it has been used in some areas for many years. In a well-executed surface mine, the soil is actually removed and used to backfill the ditch for the mine site.
5. Improving the Manufacturing Processes
Mining can actually be a part of the manufacturing process, and manufacturers that utilize green materials throughout the entire process are doing a lot to help the environment.
Most manufacturers already have goals in place to help reduce their carbon footprint. But, there are many ways to make a manufacturer more friendly to the environment, including:
- Replacing furnace oil with green electricity.
- Using green electricity to replace natural gas.
- Using green technologies.
There are many ways to make a mine more environmentally friendly. This is a list of 10 different examples, but there are just as many ways to reduce the environmental impact of a mine, perhaps even more. It is all a matter of making a conscious effort and committing to environment-friendly strategies that could make a huge impact. Group 11 Technologies can help you with that.
Group 11 Technologies Inc. commits itself to the development, and more importantly, the application of more responsible and environmentally friendly mineral extraction in Canada. Our goal is to ensure that you’re able to find the best mining solutions for your project. We can help you make mining a less harmful (and a more helpful) industry. Reach out to us to learn how you can do it!