Green horizons

The mining sector’s embrace of green technologies and processes has historically been slow, but carbon-capture technology, all-electric operations and hybrid solar-battery plants are signs of an industry on the move - and a new climate-smart mining initiative spearheaded by the World Bank may precipitate more drastic change

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Is ‘green mining’ an oxymoron? Photo: De Beers

The term ‘green mining' was popular in the noughties to discuss the processes, technologies and practices that make mining more environmentally friendly.