Minerals and sustainability - exploring cross-scale issues and responses

Engineers Australia
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Conference Proceeding
SSEE 2009 International Conference: Solutions for a Sustainable Planet, 2009, pp. 1 - 12
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The ways in which Australias minerals resources are used to support sustainable futures merits serious and broad discussion. This paper reviews the issues associated with minerals and sustainability and the contemporary responses to these issues by stakeholders at the global, national and local scale. A framework for integrating minerals and sustainability - the Mineral Resources Landscape - is used to map the contemporary issues and stakeholder activities relative to each other and provides a platform for discussion of further research questions required to position the Australian minerals sector as `metals service provider in a sustainable future. This research begins part of a three year `Mineral Futures collaboration between universities and CSIRO exploring commodity futures, technology futures and mineral-rich regions in transition.
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