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This, the 5th International Symposium on Sustainable Minerals '18, was organised by MEI in consultation with Prof Markus Reuter and was sponsored by ZEISS and Outotec. Media sponsors were International Mining and the Coalition for Eco-Efficient Comminution (CEEC) are industry advocates.



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
  • Water use and recycling
  • 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.




Sustainable Minerals '18 was organised by MEI in consultation with with Prof Markus Reuter.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Markus A. Reuter is Director Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology. He was Director Technology Management at Outotec Finland and Chief Technologist Ausmelt (2006-2015). Previously he worked for Mintek and Anglo American Corporation in South Africa. He is Honorary Professor at Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany) and Aalto University (Finland since 2012) as well as Professorial Fellow University of Melbourne (Australia since 2005) and Guest Professor at the Central South University (China since 2012). He was a full professor at TU Delft (Netherlands) 1996-2005.

He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from University Liege (Belgium) for work in recycling and sustainability in metallurgy, holds a D.Eng. & PhD from Stellenbosch University (South Africa) and Dr. habil. from RWTH Aachen (Germany). Reuter is co-author of 2 books “Metrics of Material and Metal Ecology” and “Handbook of Recycling” both published by Elsevier. He is the lead author of the 2nd United Nations Environmental Protection (UNEP) report on Metal Recycling, >400,000 downloads. He is a 2015-2016 SME Henry Krumb Lecturer and the 2016 TMS EPD Distinguished Lecturer.
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