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Sustainable Developments in the Minerals Industry ‘11
From June 14th to 17th 2011 about 300 experts from all over the world discussed questions of sustainability aspects of raw materials supply in Aachen, Germany.
In the Conference “Sustainable Development in the Minerals Industry (SDIMI 2011), international experts dealt with the worldwide demand for raw materials and the question of how to comply with this demand in a sustainable manner. Securing the supply of mineral resources for future growth has gained significantly in importance worldwide in the past few years. Presentations on the conference also dealt with the questions of rising energy prices and the anticipated scarcities of critical raw materials - for example minerals required in the field of electro mobility and renewable energy sources. Considering the impact of rapidly developing countries such as China and India and their rising demand for raw materials, arising challenges were discussed: “How can a sufficient availability of raw materials be ensured? and “How can the production of mineral raw materials be maintained in a sustainable way - preferably in an environmentally friendly and socially acceptable way - while remaining economical?".
The organizing committee of the conference, the Institute of Mining Engineering I of RWTH Aachen University, in cooperation with the Virginia Tech University and the Technical University of Crete, welcomed about 300 participants from all over the world - among them representatives of international extractive industry companies, high-ranking representatives of governmental organizations as well as representatives of universities and research institutes. The main subject areas covered approaches of practical implementation of the concept „Sustainable Development“ in companies of the extractive industry, mineral resources policies, critical resources, social aspects of the raw materials production as well as sustainability aspects in raw materials supply chains.
As a novelty in the SDIMI conference series, at a special session Young Researchers were given the opportunity to engage in dialogue about their latest research results and conclusive opinions in front of a large plenum.
Against the background of the imperial city of Aachen, both the exhibition at the conference venue and the dinner party in the historical Aula Carolina offered further ample opportunity to make new contacts and renew old ones.
The SDIMI 2011 conference was sponsored by RWE Power AG, Minova CarboTech GmbH, Hilti Aktiengesellschaft, Nickel Institute, Sandvik Mining and Construction Central Europe GmbH and Taylor & Francis Group.
The proceedings (ISBN 978-3-86797-119-5) can be obtained at the Conference Secretariat or online at www.aims.rwth-aachen.de.
Please find further information on the AIMS conference series on www.aims.rwth-aachen.de.
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