Nowadays, the mining industry is going through a crucial point in its evolution, and Greenfield Exploration SpA, is not oblivious of this momentous change. As the environmental and social challenges continue to be a matter of importance worldwide, we find it imperative to assume our responsibility and commit ourselves to sustainable patterns. In this sense, the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) is presented as a valuable opportunity for us, promoting in the first instance the goals below:
Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation:
We know that the mining sector has a close dependency on water, both during the extraction and the processing of minerals. Therefore, it is vital to commit to SDG 6, by implementing responsible practices that minimize water consumption, improve the management of water resources and protect water quality in the areas where we operate. For example, promote the use of seawater during the mineral processing in Chile, instead of using freshwater from rivers and canals in the basin.
Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy:
Mining exploration plays a fundamental role in energy production, since many of the natural resources necessary for the generation of electricity and fuels come from minerals and metals. By aligning with SDG 7, we seek different ways to use energy more efficiently, reducing its environmental impact and promoting the use of renewable energy sources in our operations.
For example, the processing of minerals accounts for roughly ten percent of Australia’s total energy use.
Goal 12: Responsible production and consumption:
At Greenfield Exploration SpA we want to address SDG 12 by adopting sustainable production practices, promoting efficiency in the resources use, reducing the amount of waste and promoting reuse and recycling of waste materials. We believe that this is an opportunity to lead the implementation of circular business models, where waste is turned into resources, thus creating a positive impact on the environment and the society.
Goal 13: Climate action:
We cannot be oblivious to climate change, so it is essential to focus on SDG 13, reduce our carbon footprint and adopt patterns that mitigate climate change. This implies the implementation of cleaner technologies, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the promotion of reforestation and conservation of natural ecosystems.
For example, supporting CONAF with the promotion of plant nurseries, reforestation and agriculture in the desert, with the purpose of helping communities to have their own and independent source of food sustenance and, on the other hand, the roots help the plants to maintain firmness of the land in case of floods during the highland winter.
In summary, we feel that Greenfield Exploration SpA has a unique opportunity to lead the change towards a more sustainable future, aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals. By incorporating the SDGs into our business strategies, we strengthen our commitment to sustainable development and generate a positive impact on the environment and the local communities.
Responsible and sustainable mineral exploration is a long-term investment that can promote socio-economic development, preserve biodiversity and ensure a lasting legacy for future generations.
It is time for all companies to assume their role as a change agent and fully commit to the Sustainable Development Goals.