Alison Keogh, chief executive of the CEEC, said that with growing global demand for minerals such as copper to support the shift towards low-carbon technologies, the need for lower footprint mineral processing was becoming even more critical.
"Rock crushing and grinding can typically account for more than half of a mine's energy consumption. By working together as an industry to understand and optimise comminution challenges, we have the opportunity to improve efficiency and environmental outcomes," she said.
Toronto-headquartered base and precious metals miner Hudbay owns three polymetallic mines, four ore concentrators and a zinc production facility in Canada and Peru, as well as copper projects in the USA.
"We're delighted that Hudbay has joined our list of visionary sponsors, each committed to collaborating with CEEC's global network of miners, suppliers and researchers to advance efficient, cost-effective, lower footprint mining," Keogh added.
The not-for-profit CEEC is funded entirely by mineral industry sponsorships. Members include Anglo American, FLSmidth, Gekko, Glencore Technology, Molycop, Newmont Goldcorp. Orica, Teck Resources, University of Adelaide, Weir Minerals and others.