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Climate Smart Solutions

Climate Smart solutionsWe help our clients in their efforts to find energy efficient and climate smart solutions, both during construction time and during the plant’s operation. In today’s conditions, mining companies are certified and controlled by independent third party bodies regarding total quality awareness, environmental liability and efficient energy use. It can’t be denied that mining operations have a major impact on their surroundings; however it is possible to find solutions that minimise the negative effects during operation and which make it possible to restore the original environment after the mine is closed.

Examples of climate smart Project Management

  • Optimal geographical placing of plants. Finding energy efficient locations for plants requires thinking for the long term, taking into consideration changes in the topography, accessibility in the terrain and waste rock storage during the whole operating time.
  • Optimal choice of transport system for bulk material. By truck, transport on conveyor belt, ore skips, pump or rail freight?
  • Optimal choice of machinery. When choosing a transport system, the individual machines must be optimised in relation to the task. The right number of units, frequency control, and matching to neighbouring systems (e.g. matching pump/pipe systems) are important issues. LCC calculations often show that small differences in efficiency justify a higher purchase price.
  • Planning for a sustainable water system. Work with the water balance, close the process water circuit, aim for the minimum possible extraction from nearby lakes and waterways so as to obtain the minimum possible discharge during the spring flood. Surround acidifying waste rock piles with cover trenches and obtain sufficient buffer volumes for extreme rains and fast spring floods. Attempt to gather dumps in as few places as possible in order to facilitate final treatment.

Examples of climate smart Site Management

  • Sorting waste at source and recycling of various waste fractions on a building site are not solved by just setting out a number of containers. It is just as important to persistently inform all actors in the workplace, and to continually monitor and correct incorrect sorting. Reserve sufficient areas for post-processing of waste, e.g. wood chipping of packaging.
  • That active planning, going the rounds, and monitoring boilers and temporary electricity supplies on a building site can save up to 30 % of the energy costs at the same time as it reduces interruptions in the production is shown by our follow up of the Aitik 36 project.
  • Active planning and follow up of goods handling on the building site. Minimising driving distances, the need to transfer loads and the movement of goods. Planning stacking locations, so the various machine suppliers and contractors have well defined areas. Placing the goods in a logical order that agrees with the order of assembly and marking out the interface. Who wants to walk round and kick in the snow to find machine parts when they are needed urgently?
  • Working preventively with road maintenance, snow clearing and combating dust. Use weather forecasts from the Internet and hold regular meetings to concentrate on measures when they are needed, thus avoiding unnecessary costs and unnecessary driving of machines.