Now, as industries and governments around the world look for ways to reduce carbon output and environmental impact, mining and mineral processing is taking a serious look at how it can reduce environmental impact and make its practices more sustainable.
Mining industries provide most of the materials we rely on to build infrastructures, to obtain large amounts of energy, or to supply agriculture with fertilisers that help feed a growing population. Yet mining and mineral processing uses significant amounts of resources — water, land, carbon and energy — and often causes severe harm to the environment.
Current mining practices need to change and protect better natural resources and ecosystems, in order to be environmentally acceptable and compliant with sustainable development objectives.
The Calix Technology can help improve the sustainability of exisiting industrial processes through a more optimised use of mineral and chemical resources, and the use of renewable sources of energy.
Mines produce a complex wastewater effluent, often difficult to treat due to its high levels of dissolved minerals and heavy loading of contaminants that can make it difficult to discharge or to recycle. Even very small improvements can translate into millions of dollars in savings over the life of a mining operation.