Addressing the sustainability of metals: Development of an international initiative on the mining and metals lifecycle

Ros Taplin (ACSMP), Graciela Metternicht (IES UNSW) and Elisa Tonda (UNEP)

This research is directed towards development of an international mining and metals initiative to:

  • Mainstream sustainability in the metals sector in developing countries, as well as developed countries, to reduce the environmental impacts from demand for metals.
  • Identify environmental hotspots in the metals value chain where effective intervention can significantly enhance the sustainable management and resource productivity of metals.
  • Design a global hub for information and guidance on the sustainable management of metals including leading practice on mining and processing of metallic minerals, manufacturing of products containing metals, metals recycling and waste management.