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Responsible Mining

The mining industry stands at a critical juncture, recognising the need to transition towards responsible practices to ensure a sustainable future. This shift encompasses environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and transparent governance, guided by the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) framework.

Resourcing Tomorrow explores the industry's commitment to responsible mining, highlighting efforts to establish ESG standards, promote circularity, engage indigenous communities, address climate change, and overcome existing challenges. Collaboration among stakeholders, including governments, investors, and consumers, is essential in driving this transformation towards a more sustainable and equitable mining sector.

Some of the sessions you’ll not want to miss related to this theme include:

  • What do green, impact and ESG funds want to see from the mining industry to invest more?
  • Rethinking circularity - from mine to finish line
  • Going from performance to genuine: how has ESG changed how mining companies operate?
  • Reimagining recycling – how can it become truly transformative (rather than just scrap metal recycling)?
  • Minerals for a net-zero world: how can mining mitigate the role of climate change?

Some of the world's largest and leading

Mining & energy companies who attend

PROGRAMME

  • 08:50
  • Tue, 03 Dec
  • 08:50 - 11:00 GMT
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  • 130 min
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  • Tue, 03 Dec
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  • Stream: Resourcing Tomorrow Theatre 1

Breaking Out of the Echo Chamber: Collaborating Across the Value Chain to Deliver the Energy Transition

  • 08:50 - 09:00
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  • 10 min
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  • Tue, 03 Dec
Opening Welcoming Address: Reserved for UK Government

An invitation will be extended to the Government post the July 4th General Election

  • 09:00 - 09:30
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  • 30 min
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  • Tue, 03 Dec
Keynote Session: Where are the critical mineral supply shortfalls in meeting the demands of the energy transition and how can the Inflation Reduction Act meet them?

The Inflation Reduction Act revolutionary impact fits in with this year’s theme of ‘Breaking out of the echo chamber.’ Since its introduction, the Inflation Reduction has changed the landscape of the mining investment industry by accelerating the energy transition through increased investment into minerals used for EVs and renewable energy technologies. However, can Western mining supply chains be developed from upstream to downstream?

Key points discussed in this session include:
•    Where are the critical mineral supply shortfalls in meeting the demands of the energy transition and how can the Inflation Reduction Act meet them?
•    Incentives and initiatives to improve supply chain resilience
•    What infrastructure investment is required – promoting diverse and resilient supply chains, local value-addition, and beneficiation
•    What investment can we expect to see in US battery factories?

If you are interested in becoming a panellist or a moderator, contact [email protected]

  • 09:30 - 09:50
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  • 20 min
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  • Tue, 03 Dec
Keynote Address: View from a leading major – how can the industry better resource tomorrow?

Mark Bristow is recognised as one of the world’s leading mining CEOs who has consistently broken out of the echo chamber in his career. He is a passionate believer in delivering sustainable stakeholder value. Under his leadership, firstly Randgold and now Barrick, have one of the best records in the industry for exploration, delivering on production guidance, and honouring shareholder commitments.

Mark Bristow, CEO of Barrick Gold, argues that M&A deals will not solve the looming copper shortage. This talk explores how the mining industry can invest in exploration and development of new copper deposits to meet the growing demand for green technologies.

Key takeaways include:
• Gaining insights from a mining industry leader: Hear Mark Bristow's perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing the mining industry focusing on copper and gold
• Taking a deep dive on the looming copper shortage and its impact the green energy transition
• Discovering strategies for sustainable resource development: Explore alternative approaches to M&A that can help grow copper production responsibly.

  • 09:50 - 10:20
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  • 30 min
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  • Tue, 03 Dec
Keynote Panel: Key insights from the Government Roundtable

This session will present the key findings of the Government Roundtable that ran on 2 December. The Government Roundtable’s outcomes will differ from typical Government Roundtables in rather than it being Governments talking to other Governments, it brings togethers Governments, CEOs from the mining industry, leading finance houses, key associations, and industry experts to have meaningful and actionable discussions.

Key points discussed in this session include:
• Ensuring there are enough critical minerals supply to meet the demands of the energy transition
• Addressing the different financing challenges across different stages of the mining life cycle and value chain
• How can permitting timelines be streamlined without compromising ESG concerns?

  • 10:20 - 10:40
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  • 20 min
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  • Tue, 03 Dec
Keynote Fireside Chat: International collaboration opportunities to fast track global critical and strategic mineral value chains

Traxys is at the centre of the global metals and minerals industry. Traxys provides sourcing, logistics, financing, and marketing services move metals and minerals to the global market faster, more efficiently, with lower working capital and less risk.

  • 10:40 - 11:00
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  • 20 min
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  • Tue, 03 Dec
Keynote Panel: Fostering collaboration between mining companies and the midstream and downstream to build resilient critical mineral supply chains

The energy transition is not a mining story but a materials one, where minerals meet the chemical industry.’

Collaboration between mining companies (upstream), midstream (processing and refining), and downstream (manufacturing and distribution) stakeholders is crucial for building resilient supply chains in the mining industry. Can mining supply chains be developed that offer a competitive alternative to China without compromising sustainable practices?

Key points discussed in this session include:
• Identifying opportunities for efficiency improvements, cost reductions, and waste minimisation across the supply chain to enhance competitiveness and resilience
• Promoting responsible sourcing, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility throughout the supply chain to foster collaboration on sustainability initiatives 
• Leveraging technology and digital solutions to enhance collaboration and visibility across the supply chain
• Developing risk assessment and mitigation strategies to address potential disruptions in the supply chain, such as geopolitical instability, natural disasters, or regulatory change
• Establishing transparency and open lines of communication and information sharing between upstream, midstream, and downstream stakeholders

  • 14:00
  • Tue, 03 Dec
  • 14:00 - 15:20 GMT
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  • 80 min
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  • Tue, 03 Dec
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  • Stream: Resourcing Tomorrow Theatre 1

Changing The Mindset: Attracting New Investors to the Sector

  • 14:00 - 14:40
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  • 40 min
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  • Tue, 03 Dec
Keynote Panel: What do green, impact and ESG funds want to see from the mining industry to invest more?

The mining industry is undergoing a transformation. Investors with a focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are demanding more sustainable practices. This session will explore what “green, impact and ESG funds" are looking for when considering investments in mining companies, and how miners can adapt to meet these growing expectations.

Key points discussed in this session include:
•    Delving into the specific ESG factors that funds consider critical for responsible mining operations
•    Determining best practices that mining companies can implement to improve their ESG performance and environmental impact
•    How can mining companies effectively communicate their ESG commitments to attract investment from green and impact funds?
•    What future trends can we expect to see in impact investing and how can the mining industry position themselves?

  • 14:40 - 15:20
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  • 40 min
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  • Tue, 03 Dec
Keynote Panel: Changing the mindset - addressing the mineral sector’s image problem

The mineral industry faces a challenge:  a longstanding negative public image, despite the importance of minerals in our everyday lives. When trust is measured, mining frequently ranks last compared to other sectors. Building trust and articulating value can evolve the sector’s brand. When trust is an issue, transparency is key. Miners need to get better at articulating the financial and nonfinancial value they bring to communities and investors, beyond merely meeting regulatory expectations. Creating and communicating a bigger bolder vision of legacy beyond life of mine can demonstrate a company’s societal commitment.

This session tackles how to shift that perception. We will explore why the industry has this image, and what steps mineral companies can take to communicate their positive contributions and address environmental and social concerns. 

Key points discussed in this session include:
• Understanding the perception. What are the common misconceptions about the industry?
• Building reputation: strategies for proactive communication. How can mining companies effectively highlight their efforts in sustainability and social responsibility?
• Stakeholder engagement: building trust and collaboration with communities and environmental groups.
• Exploring long-term strategies to secure a positive public perception for the mineral sector

  • 08:00
  • Wed, 04 Dec
  • 08:00 - 08:50 GMT
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  • 50 min
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  • Wed, 04 Dec

Breakfast Briefing

  • 08:00 - 08:50
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  • 50 min
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  • Wed, 04 Dec
Breakfast Briefing: Green Steel – Securing Sustainable Supply

The transition to green steel is not without both technological and financial risk, however, to aggressively pursue the energy transition, it is becoming abundantly clear that green steel will be playing an increasingly prominent role in our manufacturing infrastructure. Despite its promise however the adaptations necessary throughout the mining supply chain to support these efforts are significant, in this breakfast briefing you will hear how mining companies can:
• Embrace sustainable methods of extracting and processing raw materials needed for green steel production, mitigating habitat destruction, water pollution and reducing carbon emissions
• Optimize resource utilization by incorporating circular economy principles and recycling initiatives to free up scrap steel as feedstock 
• Invest further in the green technologies necessary to scale the production of green steel, enabling more sustainable methods of extraction, processing and transporting; so that the environmental benefits of green steel are felt throughout the value chain
• Enhance traceability and transparency throughout the supply chain to bolster trust and establish a comprehensive data picture of the impact of green steel production from extraction through to the end product

  • 11:10
  • Wed, 04 Dec
  • 11:10 - 13:00 GMT
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  • 110 min
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  • Wed, 04 Dec
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  • Stream: Resourcing Tomorrow Theatre 1

ESG and Sustainability

  • 11:10 - 11:50
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  • 40 min
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  • Wed, 04 Dec
Keynote Panel: Going from performance to genuine: how has ESG changed how mining companies operate?

Are companies truly walking the walk when it comes to ESG? This session cuts through the greenwashing to explore how ESG is transforming the mining industry. Our diverse panel will share real-world experiences and shed light on the path from performative metrics to genuine sustainability.

Key points discussed in this session include:
• Moving beyond checklists - how can companies embed ESG principles into core operations, ensuring they go beyond box-ticking exercises?
• Stakeholder engagement for impact by developing strategies for meaningful engagement with communities, Indigenous groups, and environmental organizations.
• Implementing best practices for transparent reporting and supply chain traceability to build trust with all stakeholders.
• Measuring real progress by exploring effective metrics that go beyond traditional reporting to measure genuine ESG impact

  • 11:50 - 12:20
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  • 30 min
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  • Wed, 04 Dec
Keynote Panel: How will ESG standards evolve? How should ESG standards evolve?

Both mining companies and investors have found it difficult to keep up with the ever-expanding number of ESG standards — often referred to as ‘alphabet soup ‘as each has its own acronym.

Recently ICMM, Copper Mark, MAC (Mining Association of Canada) and the World Gold Council are working to consolidate their individual voluntary responsible mining standards into a single global standard with a multi-stakeholder oversight system. What impact will this have?

Key points discussed in this session include:
• Exploring emerging trends and potential changes to ESG metrics and reporting requirements.
• Standardisation vs. Flexibility: Find the balance between standardized metrics that ensure comparability and flexibility to address region-specific challenges
• Strategies to bridge the gap between data collection and translating insights into tangible actions for positive change.
• Where do other standards, ESG rating agencies and ESG assessment tools fit in?

  • 12:20 - 13:00
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  • 40 min
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  • Wed, 04 Dec
Keynote Panel: Adopting proactive ESG strategies centred on community engagement and winning over indigenous communities to ensure smoother progress from exploration to production

According to a report by the University of Queensland’s
Sustainable Minerals Institute, more than half of the 5,000 critical minerals projects currently under development are
on or near Indigenous lands. 

This panel dives into the critical but often overlooked aspect of social responsibility in mining – building strong relationships with local communities, especially Indigenous populations.

Key points discussed in this session include:
• Learn how proactive ESG strategies that prioritize community engagement can mitigate risks, minimize delays, and gain public trust.
• Discover best practices for effective communication and collaboration with Indigenous communities throughout the mining lifecycle.
• Gain insights into navigating complex cultural considerations and addressing community concerns.
• Walk away with actionable strategies to secure a social license to operate and ensure a smoother path from exploration to production.

If you are interested in becoming a panellist or a moderator, contact [email protected]

  • 14:00
  • Wed, 04 Dec
  • 14:00 - 15:40 GMT
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  • 100 min
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  • Wed, 04 Dec
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  • Stream: Resourcing Tomorrow Theatre 1

Circular Economy & Recycling

  • 14:00 - 14:40
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  • 40 min
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  • Wed, 04 Dec
Keynote Panel: Reimagining recycling – how can it become truly transformative (rather than just scrap metal recycling)?

Recycling has huge potential for the mining industry. As of where the technology and capacity are now for processing harder-to-recycle metals, gold is the most recycled, with nickel, silver, and copper not far behind. The EU relies more heavily on secondary production using recycled metals when compared to other global regions.

Innovation in the recycling sector that could allow lithium to be recycled more efficiently could prove to be a game-changer for the electrical driving industry. Because the batteries needed for fuelling cars are quite large, a huge amount of lithium is required by the industry.

This panel will examine
• Innovations in upstream recycling
• Innovations in downstream recycling
• Reviewing the strong environmental regulatory support in the Western World
• The impact of recycling on a lower carbon footprint
• Will black mass recycling become a reality?
• How does recycling link into mining value chains?

  • 14:40 - 15:20
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  • 40 min
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  • Wed, 04 Dec
Keynote Panel: Rethinking circularity - from mine to finish line

This dynamic panel discussion brings together industry leaders from mining (Antofagasta), technology (McLaren), and motor racing (Extreme E) to explore the concept of circularity from a unique and interconnected perspective.

What connects these seemingly disparate fields? The answer lies in the critical materials extracted from mines, the innovative technologies that extend their lifespans, and the platforms that showcase the potential of a circular economy in action.

Join us as our panellists discuss:
• The role of mining in a circular future: how can mining companies adapt their practices to prioritize responsible extraction and source materials for a closed-loop system? 
• Technological innovation for material reuse: how can technology companies like McLaren develop solutions to extend the life of critical materials and minimize waste?
• Exploring how Extreme E serves as a real-world testing ground for electric vehicles and a powerful advocate for sustainable practices.
• Collaboration is key: how can the mining, technology, and manufacturing sectors work together to create a more circular and responsible future?

  • 15:20 - 15:50
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  • 30 min
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  • Wed, 04 Dec
Keynote Panel: How can product and process circularity become a reality in the mining industry throughout the mine life cycle?

The circular economy needs to be embraced not feared if it wants to raise standards. We will still need more copper and gold mines regardless. However, what is the perception versus the reality? How can the mining industry evolve from one of pure extraction to minerals stewardship?

Join us as our panellists discuss:
• Why don’t more mining companies have a circular strategy rather than just thinking that circular economy = process efficiency?
• Moving to a materials e-waste company doing re-mining
• What are the barriers to mining becoming more circular? 

  • 14:00 - 15:30 GMT
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  • 90 min
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  • Wed, 04 Dec
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  • Stream: Resourcing Tomorrow Theatre 2

Electrification, Connectivity and Communications

  • 14:00 - 14:40
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  • 40 min
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  • Wed, 04 Dec
Session: Powering the future: electrification in mining

The Challenge: The mining industry is at a crossroads. Environmental concerns, rising fuel costs, and a growing emphasis on sustainability demand change.

The Solution: Electrification. This revolutionary shift promises a cleaner, more efficient, and safer future for mining operations.

Our esteemed panel of experts will delve into the "how" of this transformation:
• The compelling environmental and economic benefits of electrification in mining.
• Practical strategies for implementing electrification, from infrastructure development to equipment selection.
• The importance of collaboration between mining companies, equipment manufacturers, and government agencies.
• Building a skilled workforce equipped to operate and maintain electric mining technologies.
• A glimpse into the future of a fully electrified mining industry, fostering environmental responsibility, economic sustainability, and a safer work environment.

If you are interested in becoming a panellist or a moderator, contact [email protected]

  • 14:40 - 14:50
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  • 10 min
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  • Wed, 04 Dec
Technology Spotlight 4:
  • 14:50 - 15:00
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  • 10 min
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  • Wed, 04 Dec
Technology Spotlight 5:
  • 15:00 - 15:10
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  • 10 min
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  • Wed, 04 Dec
Technology Spotlight 6: