How much Importance do you Place on Energy Efficiency in your Mining Operations?Hosted By : Mining IQ Editorial
September 11, 2011
About this Podcast...
As a high energy consuming industry, critics of the government's recently announced carbon tax argue that mining companies are going to be hit significantly.
Dr. Ziemski, Manager of Energy and Emissions Projects at the Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland, explained this viewpoint in this recent interview rere with Mining IQ. He discussed not only his opinion on the impact of the carbon tax on mining, but also a whole host of other issues relating to energy efficiency within mining, including the quick wins a company can make to reduce energy usage, and his belief in the need for a culture change in the mining industry in order for it to truly become more energy efficient.
You can download the written transcript here.
Questions asked include:
- Right now, there’s a huge push across all industries to reduce their energy use – particularly so in the mining sector, seeing that we’re such big energy users. So what have been the historical challenges for energy reduction in the mineral and resource industry?
- What can we learn from this? How can mining companies take lessons from the past?
- Can you talk through some of the simple ways mining companies can reduce their energy consumption?
- What are the foreseeable obstacles energy managers face as they encourage energy reduction across operation sites?
- The carbon tax is on everyone’s lips right now – how will it change the landscape of energy use in mine sites? Critics say it will – in the short term – affect production, do you agree? Or is the tax more a facilitator to a new ‘era’ of energy use
Want to find out more?
Marcin is speaking at the upcoming Energy Efficiency Management in Mining 2011 conference. Taking place in Brisbane, on 29 - 30 November. His session will be on "Exploring the challenges of measuring energy consumption and efficiency in mining". The session will focus on:
- Historical hurdles in minerals industry energy reduction
- Practical considerations when looking at energy reduction
- Demand versus supply
Energy efficiency: is necessity really the mother of invention?