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    Mining and technology leaders join forces to drive decarbonisation in mining

    Mining3, a leading research organisation, and ENGIE, a global player in low-carbon energy and services, have announced the commencement of the Hydra Consortium. The Hydra Consortium is now actively working o... more

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    ETU warns of solar farm site conditions

    Shocking video and pictures have emerged highlighting the dangerous conditions workers are being forced to endure at a solar farm construction site in New South Wales. A video obtained by the Electrical Trad... more

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    Gold production from top eight companies expected to increase by up to 3.1 per cent in 2021

    In 2020, production from the world’s eight largest gold producers (Newmont, Barrick, AngloGold, Polyus, Kinross, Gold Fields, Newcrest and Agnico-Eagle) decreased by 6.5 per cent to 25 million ounces (moz) du... more

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    Organisations call for commitment to halve Australia’s emissions by 2030

    More than 10 environmental and humanitarian organisations including Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Oxfam Australia, the Pacific Climate Action Network, The Pacific Conference of Churches, and the Edmund Rice Cen... more

  • Mining and technology leaders join forces to drive decarbonisation in mining
  • ETU warns of solar farm site conditions
  • Gold production from top eight companies expected to increase by up to 3.1 per cent in 2021
  • Organisations call for commitment to halve Australia’s emissions by 2030

Coal production from top ten mining companies expected to increase by up to 6.6 per cent in 2021

Coal production from the top ten mining companies (Coal India, China Shenhua, Yanzhou Coal, Peabody, China National Coal, Glencore, Siberian Coal, PT Bumi, BHP and Arch Resources) fell from a collective 1,704 million tonnes (Mt) in 2019 to 1,633 Mt in 2020, which is a 4.2 per cent decline. The most significant declines were observed from Arch Resources (28.6 per cent), PT Bumi (24.9 per cent), Glencore (23.9 per cent), and Peabody (21.8 per cent), according to GlobalData. GlobalData expects production from the top ten companies to be between 1,683-1,740 Mt in 2021, which is an increase of up to…

Global coal production forecast to rise by 3.5 per cent in 2021

Global coal output is estimated to have declined by 2 per cent in 2020 due to COVID-19-related lockdowns and restrictions, with significant reductions observed in the U.S. (23.6 per cent), Indonesia (13.1 per cent), Russia (8.1 per cent) and Australia (5.5 per cent). These were only partially offset by increases in China (4 per cent) and India (0.7 per cent). Additionally, during the last year, there was an estimated 3.5 per cent reduction in the global thermal coal demand, while the world’s metallurgical coal demand fell by 5.9 per cent. However, global coal production is set to recover by 3.5…

Australian Government responds to Respect@Work Report

Between April and June 2018, the Australian Human Rights Commission conducted a national survey to investigate the prevalence, nature and reporting of sexual harassment in Australian workplaces and the community more broadly. The results of the 2018 National Survey were more detailed and more robust than ever before, with more than 10,000 Australians surveyed - five times the number of people who have participated in previous years. The results of the survey were revealed in a Respect@Work report released by Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, on 5 March 2020. The report provides a comprehensive set of recommendations for preventing…

Miners look to hydrogen to reduce emissions and grow businesses

A survey of Queensland Resources Council (QRC) member company CEOs in February 2021 showed resources companies are actively looking at new technologies such as hydrogen to reduce emissions and grow their business in a sustainable way. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said more than two-thirds of the CEOs surveyed are thinking about hydrogen-related opportunities, and 10 per cent are already committed to projects involving hydrogen. “In a clear sign hydrogen will play a role in Queensland’s response to the global challenge of climate change, 33 per cent of CEOs believe hydrogen will provide an opportunity to reduce emissions in their…

Superannuation members call on major funds to exit coal

According to the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), 65 Sunsuper and 141 QSuper members have written to their superannuation funds calling on them to stop investing in thermal coal. The ACF states that members are urging the funds to reconcile stated commitments to invest responsibly with their investments in high-emitting assets. Last month, QSuper and Sunsuper signed a Heads of Agreement to merge and create a $200 billion superannuation fund, servicing two million members. The merger is planned to proceed in September this year. According to the ACF, the members’ letters call on QSuper’s Chief of Member Experience, Jason Murray, and…

$1.3B initiative backs recycling and clean energy

Funding is now available for Recycling and Clean Energy projects under the Australian Government’s $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI). The MMI will help manufacturers scale up production, commercialise their products and operations, and integrate into domestic and global supply chains. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Christian Porter, said the funding will help unlock opportunities at home and overseas for manufacturers in the recycling and clean energy areas. “Turning our waste into valuable products, and expanding our clean energy options are priorities for the Morrison Government – because it’s good for the environment, it’s good for our economy and…

WA scientists shed light on continent formation

Research from Western Australian scientists has shed new light on how the Earth’s first continental crust was formed. The team of scientists, led by Dr Hugh Smithies and Dr Yongjun Lu from Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA) and Professor Chris Kirkland and Associate Professor Tim Johnson from Curtin University, focused on measuring the isotopic compositions of oxygen within ancient granites in the Pilbara using the ion microprobe Cameca IMS 1280 at the University of Western Australia. Dr Smithies explained that continents are made of granite that first began to appear around the planet almost four billion years ago. “Here…