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Life cycle assessment of European copper mining: A case study from Sweden
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Geosciences and Environmental Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1867-2342
Ghent University, Belgium.
Ghent University, Belgium.
Boliden Mineral AB, Sweden.
2019 (English)In: Proceedings of the 15th SGA Biennial Meeting, 27-30 August 2019, Glasgow, Scotland: Life with Ore Deposits on Earth, Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits , 2019, Vol. 4, p. 1577-1580Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The application of the life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology in the mining sector has the potential to evaluate the environmental sustainability of the primary production of metals. As part of a wider project on developing LCA models and methods for mining, life cycle inventory (LCI) data have been collected at two European copper-producing mine sites, Aitik (Sweden) and Cobre las Cruces (Spain). Results from Aitik, including their impact analysis, identify the use of diesel and explosives, the emission of sulfur dioxide, as well as nitrogen and other emissions in the upstream supply chain of explosives and electricity, as significant contributors to the environmental impact. These outputs have influence on the impact categories Climate Change, Photochemical Ozone Formation, Acidification, as well as Terrestrial and Marine Eutrophication. Due to the increasing incorporation of LCA into legislative demands on the mining sector, mining companies need to establish the necessary infrastructure and framework to be able to provide the required data in a fast, transparent and cost-efficient manner. For this reason, some recommendations to improve communication and data management within the companies have been established from the experience gained within this project.

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Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits , 2019. Vol. 4, p. 1577-1580
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Ore Geology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-75801ISBN: 978-0-85261-965-0 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-75801DiVA, id: diva2:1347729
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15th SGA Biennial Meeting 2019, Glasgow, Scotland
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This publication is part of the EIT Raw Materials Upscaling Project "Sustainable management of primary raw materials through a better approach in Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (SUPRIM)"

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