The circular economy, resilience and digital technology deployment in the mining and mineral industry

Jones, Peter ORCID: 0000-0002-9566-9393 and Wynn, Martin G ORCID: 0000-0001-7619-6079 (2021) The circular economy, resilience and digital technology deployment in the mining and mineral industry. International Journal of Circular Economy and Waste Management, 1 (1). pp. 16-32. doi:10.4018/ijcewm.2021010102

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The mining and mineral industry is not easily associated with sustainable development. The one is focused on the exploitation of the planet’s limited natural resources, while the other attempts to promote development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations. This article looks at the industry’s approach to the core sustainability concepts of the circular economy and resilience, and finds that leading companies in this industry have drawn on the concept of resilience in reporting on their sustainability strategies, but that there has been little interest in the concept of the circular economy. The article also assesses the current and potential impact of information and communication technologies in supporting sustainability objectives in the industry. It concludes that technology innovation will be a key enabler in supporting the mining and mineral development industry to more formally address the challenges of sustainable development, and support a transition to a more sustainable future.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > HD60 Social responsibility in business
T Technology > T Technology (General) > T55 Industrial Engineering. Management engineering
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Gloucestershire Business School
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Martin Wynn
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2020 14:14
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 23:06

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