Turning the risk of mine closure into opportunity

Over the next decade, an estimated 60 major mines will reach the end of their production life worldwide. Their potential closures entail significant environmental, social and economic challenges. However, continuous work is happening to turn the risks into opportunities, and, in 2019, the International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM) is releasing an updated toolkit on responsible mine closure

Turning the risk of mine closure into opportunity Turning the risk of mine closure into opportunity Turning the risk of mine closure into opportunity Turning the risk of mine closure into opportunity Turning the risk of mine closure into opportunity

Rehabilitating land means returning disturbed land to a stable and productive condition, paying particular attention to environmental concerns such as the preservation of biodiversity and the restoration of pre-existing ecosystems

350,000 abandoned mines in South Africa, Australia, Canada and the US, prove that, historically, mining companies have often treated closure as no more than an afterthought. However, today, closure is a major concern in the industry. As a matter of fact, in 2017, the World Risk report rated closure to be among the top operating risks in mining.

For the last decade, ICMM has been work...