This, the 2nd International Symposium on Sustainability through Resource Conservation and Recycling '11 (SRCR '11), was organised by MEI in consultation with Prof Markus Reuter and was sponsored by Outotec.
The 1st keynote speaker was Terry Norgate of CSIRO Minerals, Australia, who presented a paper entitled "Towards more sustainable metal use through recycling and other technologies".
The 2nd keynote speaker was Jan Cilliers, Professor of Mineral Processing at Imperial College London, who presented a paper entitled "Sustaining Minerals Engineering Talent: A World View of Supply and Demand".
The 3rd keynote speaker was Richard Williams, Professor of Mineral and Process Engineering at the University of Leeds. He is also currently Pro-Vice-Chancellor for International Partnerships. He presented a paper entitled "Rethinking Separation Methods and Sustainable Uses of Fine Minerals".
Scope of SRCR '11
The rapid growth of the world economy is straining the sustainable use of the Earth’s natural resources due to modern society’s extensive use of metals, materials and products. An astute and conscious application and use of metals, materials and products supported by the reuse and recycling of these materials and end-of-life products is imperative to the preservation of the Earth’s resources. The realisation of the ambitions of sustainable use of metals, materials and resources demands that the different disciplines of the material and consumer product system are connected and harmonised. This conference discussed all aspects of material and metal usage by considering for example (but not exclusively):
- Acid Mine Drainage
- Clean Technology (smelting, energy recovery, hydrometallurgical, etc.)
- Coal Wastes
- Effluent Treatment (biological and chemical methods for water purification)
- Energy Recovery
- Environmental Impact Assessment Methodologies (LCA, metrics for sustainability, LCI, etc.)
- Industrial Applications (novel technology, new methods, breakthrough technology, etc.)
- Legislation (REACH, Basel, Stockholm, etc.)
- Process Control (to monitor and optimize environmental performance of plants, unit operations, furnaces)
- Processing of Industrial Wastes (slags, chemical, flue dusts, sludges, bottom ashes, etc.)
- Recycling of Post Consumer Materials (car recycling, waste electric and electronic equipment, plastics, paper)
- Tailings Disposal at mine sites
- Recycling Systems (monitoring, take-back systems, etc.)
- Recycling Technology (separation, automatic sorting, sensors, smelting, etc.)
- Sustainability (from an industrial as well as consumer point of view)
- System and other models for system optimization and Sustainability prediction
- Carbon emission controls; case studies of existing methods to reduce emissions and new technology being developed such as carbon capture and storage
- Efforts to reduce energy consumption in mining and mineral processing operations
- Developments in geopolymers as alternatives to conventional cements.
The conference was organised by MEI in consultation with Prof Markus Reuter.
Markus A. Reuter (D.Eng., Dr. habil. (Aachen), PhD) is a Technical Director in Outotec. He has worked for Mintek and Anglo American Corporation in South Africa and is a chartered engineer (Pr.Eng(ZA)) and Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia. He has worked with Volkswagen, Audi and other car manufacturers in Europe, the European metallurgical and recycling (also eWaste) industries during his tenure as Professor and now Emeritus at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) since 1996. He was Professor and now Professorial Fellow at Melbourne University (Australia) since 2005. He has over 370 publications covering his work on recycling, design for recycling, simulation, process control and extractive metallurgy. He has written a book on recycling, metallurgy and design for sustainability, Metrics of Material and Metal Ecology published by Elsevier (Amsterdam). He is one of 40 contributors to the book Linkages of Sustainability (MIT Press) including a Nobel laureate.
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Continuing Professional Development
SRCR '11 was certified for Continuing Professional Development.