The Application of Sustainable Development Principles in the Minerals Industry: Examples of Best-Practice and Challenges for the Future

By Jeremy Richards.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Examination of the application of sustainable development principles to the extraction of non-renewable minerals, from a social and environmental perspective.

Keywords: Sustainable Development, Mining, Minerals, Environmental Impacts, Social Impacts, Non-Market Value Issues, Best-Practice, Human Rights, Equity, Governance, Capacity, Royalties, Non-Governmental Organizations

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.57-68. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.715MB).

Prof. Jeremy Richards

My research interests and activity are divided between study of the genesis of hydrothermal mineral deposits (especially of copper and gold), and an examination of sustainable development issues within the minerals industry, and implications for wider society. It is the latter topic on which I wish to speak at this conference. I have been involved with several studies of active and past mining operations, designed to assess their impacts on, or potential for, sustainable development. Although primarily a natural scientist with funding from Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, I also hold a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for a study of the use of fiscal instruments (taxes, royalties) in promoting sustainable extraction, use, consumption, and recycling of non-renewable mineral resources.


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