Availability, addiction and alternatives: Three criteria for assessing the impact of peak minerals on society

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dc.contributor.author Mason, L
dc.contributor.author Prior, T
dc.contributor.author Mudd, G
dc.contributor.author Giurco, D
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-12T03:33:54Z
dc.date.issued 2011-06
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Cleaner Production, 2011, 19 (9-10), pp. 958 - 966
dc.identifier.issn 0959-6526
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/18322
dc.description.abstract The concept of 'peaks' in the production of natural resources has attracted attention in the area of energy production, with concerns about 'peak oil' driving recent research and investment in alternative sources of energy. There are fundamental and important differences between a peak in the production of oil and peaks in the production of metalliferous minerals, but in both cases production changes from 'easier and less expensive' early in a resource's life to 'difficult and expensive' as time progresses. The impacts of this change in production circumstances require critical consideration in the governance of national and sub-national mineral endowments. This paper develops a framework for evaluating the impacts of changing patterns of mineral production. The framework considers three criteria: availability of a resource (considering its geological characteristics and geographical distribution); society's addiction to the resource (its centrality and criticality to economic, social and environmental systems); and the possibility of finding alternatives (whether the resource can be substituted or recovered). An initial assessment against these criteria provides an overview of how a production peak might affect the production of minerals in Australia and the impacts that this might have on the Australian economy. Assessing important resources against these three criteria will be imperative in future considerations regarding the roles minerals and metals play as service providers in our economic, social and environmental systems. Additionally, this analysis should prompt a reassessment of the value of minerals beyond economic measures. Indicators derived from these criteria will inform strategies that can address future changes in production characteristics - meeting challenges with strong governance, and realising opportunities with proactive policy. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
dc.language eng
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1016/j.jclepro.2010.12.006
dc.title Availability, addiction and alternatives: Three criteria for assessing the impact of peak minerals on society
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Journal of Cleaner Production
dc.journal.volume 9-10
dc.journal.volume 19
dc.journal.number 9-10 en_US
dc.publocation USA en_US
dc.publocation United States
dc.identifier.startpage 958 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 966 en_US
dc.cauo.name DVCRch.Institute for Sustainable Futures en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.conference Concrete under Severe Conditions: Environment and loading
dc.for 0907 Environmental Engineering
dc.personcode 996446
dc.personcode 105310
dc.personcode 107171
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Environmental Engineering en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition 1 en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.date.activity 2010-06-07
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.location.activity Mexico
dc.description.keywords Australia
dc.description.keywords Mining
dc.description.keywords Peak minerals
dc.description.keywords Peak oil
dc.description.keywords Resource depletion
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/DVC (Research)
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/DVC (Research)/Institute For Sustainable Futures
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Sustainable Futures
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
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utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)
utslib.collection.history Institute For Sustainable Futures (ID: 362)

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