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How will Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) variables affect the mining industry?

Bnamericas Published: Monday, March 08, 2021
How will Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) variables affect the mining industry?

Press Release by CRU

The World Copper Conference 2021 will be held virtually on the 12th and 13th of April. The conference which happens during CESCO week, offers the most important business and networking opportunities in the mining industry. Annually, circa 500 senior executives, including the most influential copper market executives get together at this crucial copper industry conference, representing the complete copper value chain from miners, to smelters, traders and end-users. 

Following such a challenging year, the event will convene one of the most impressive groups of industry leaders of any event in the mining industry. As well as a keynote address from the Ministry of Mines, Chile, Octavio Araneda, CEO of Codelco, Ragnar Udd, President of Minerals Americas, BHP, Aaron Puna, Executive President of Chile, Anglo American, Joshua Olmstead, President & Chief Operating Officer – Americas of Freeport-McMoRan, Ivan ArriagadaGroup CEO of AntofagastaPeter Kukielski, President & CEO of Hudbay, Diego Hernández, President of SonamiMarcin Chludzinski, CEO of KGHMand many others will be speaking at the conference.  

The most pressing issues currently facing the industry will be discussed such as bottlenecks and challenges to future copper supply, the impact of COVID on operations and projects, C02 emissions mitigation and the related challenges and opportunities for mining, responsible sourcing and traceability, China’s 5-year plan and China’s green pivot.

According to Marta Dec, a Senior Analyst from CRU “In the next decade we are expecting to see strong synergies between metal producers, processors and consumers, as the industry looks to attain a low carbon footprint. Without vital support from consumers and investors, it will take much longer for green metals to become a consistent feature of the industry. Automation, integration and hydrogen are just a few of the many options available to the mining industry to achieve these objectives. During the pandemic, ESG has become an even more relevant challenge. Miners are now expected to increase their efforts in providing support not only to their workforce but also to local communities. In the next decade, delivering financial performance will be equally as important as achieving responsible production and creating a beneficial outcome for communities.” 

Attendees to the World Copper Conference get the opportunity to discuss these challenges as well as gain access to a Risk adjusted decision making toolkit workshop, The International Copper Associations workshop, a panel on diversity and inclusion as well as the Sulphuric Acid Seminar.

Running alongside the virtual conference is a virtual exhibition showcasing the latest technologies, products and solutions. For exhibition enquiries, please contact Paul Terry at paul.terry@crugroup.com or +44 (0)20 7903 2131.

We are delighted to have Bechtel, Worley, Collahuasi, Freeport-McMoRan, London Metal Exchange and the International Copper Association, Government of South Australia, and SolGold as key sponsors; as well as industry support from CESCO.

The World Copper Conference will take place virtually on 12-13 April 2021.

Please visit https://bit.ly/2P6134P to find out more and to book your place.

For press invitations please contact CRU Events.

Note to editors: 

CRU offers unrivalled business intelligence on the global metals, mining and fertilizer industries through market analysis, price assessments, consultancy and events. Since our foundation in 1969, we have consistently invested in primary research and robust methodologies, and developed expert teams in key locations worldwide, including in hard-to-reach markets such as China.  

CRU employs over 250 experts and has more than 10 offices around the world, in Europe, the Americas, China, Asia and Australia – our office in Beijing opened in 2004.

CRU events are well respected for attracting the most senior level professionals and providing valuable networking opportunities throughout the year for global audiences. For more information visit www.crugroup.com/events  


For further information and interviews, please contact:

Jagruti Lachhani, CRU Events, Office: +44 (0)20 7903 2072 Email: Jagruti.lachhani@crugroup.com

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