May 17, 2020

Major concerns mounting over uranium mining in Quebec

Quebec
Canada
Uranium
Operations
Admin
2 min
Major concerns mounting over uranium mining in Quebec
Fear continues to rear its ugly head in Quebec as opposition over uranium mining grows louder.

According to the Financial Post, hundreds of local munic...

Fear continues to rear its ugly head in Quebec as opposition over uranium mining grows louder.

According to the Financial Post, hundreds of local municipalities have joined the First Nations to protest against uranium mining operations in the province, which they believe could damage their health and natural environments, including traditional hunting and fishing.

“Like shale gas, it touches a sensitive chord in Quebec,” said Ugo Lapointe of MiningWatch Canada, which opposes mining of the metal that fuels nuclear power plants.

• Related content: New report questions the future of Quebec’s uranium mining industry

In July, Quebec’s Bureau d’audiences publiques sur I’environnement (BAPE) released a 626-page report condemning uranium mining operations in Quebec. The report stated there are still too many uncertainties and “significant gaps in scientific knowledge of the impacts of uranium mining on the environment and public health”, and concluded “it would be counter indicated, [or ill-advised] in the present context, to allow uranium mining operations in Quebec.”

While no official decision has been made, Quebec could permanently ban mining for uranium, following the footsteps of British Columbia and Nova Scotia. Currently, the only uranium-producing province in Canada is Saskatchewan.

Michael Binder, the head of Canada’s nuclear safety watchdog, said the report’s conclusions and recommendations “lack scientific basis and rigor.”

To “suggest that uranium mining is unsafe is to imply that the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and the government of Saskatchewan have been irresponsible in their approval and oversight of the uranium mines of Canada for the last 30 years.”

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Former uranium capital Elliot Lake has become a vibrant retirement community in recent years despite the fact 12 uranium mines operated for decades until the 1990s.

In Saskatchewan, the nuclear safety confirmed there is no link between cancer development and living near or working in a uranium mine or processing facility.

According to Valerie Fillion, head of the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association, the BAPE report has created a difficult position for the government as the report has created uncertainty for foreign investors looking at the province.

“Yes it’s political, but it’s also very economic because if they want us to bring investment to Quebec, some of those investments might not come depending on the decision they make.”

(Source: Financial Post)

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Dec 3, 2020

Net zero benefits the mining industry and the environment

digital mining
Oren
Emitwise
mining
Dan Brightmore
3 min
Learn how to future proof your business for a zero-carbon world with help from Emitwise and the Oren Marketplace.
Learn how to future proof your business for a zero-carbon world with help from Emitwise and the Oren Marketplace...

How do we get the world to net-zero faster?

Emitwise’s founders, Mauro Cozzi, Eduardo Gómez and Ben Peddie, approached a network of more than 100 of the world's largest enterprises and asked their CEOs, CFOs, and sustainability managers the big question: How do we get the world to net-zero faster? The challenge many shared was the lack of timely and accurate emissions data to enable strategic decisions. Companies often relied on annual audits of their carbon footprint for carbon accounting purposes. However, static yearly results were outdated upon publishing.

Emitwise saves companies an average of 260 working days a year by automating their scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions data. With the added benefits of clean audit trails and auto-populated accounting reports in line with GHG Protocol, all at the click of a button. Their easy to use solution enables businesses to quickly identify the carbon hotspots to target, and the precise real-time data empowers teams to remain agile and respond effectively, making achieving those goals possible.

Unique AI Technology

Emitwise’s unique AI technology empowers businesses to automatically measure, report and reduce their carbon footprint across their operations and supply chain, future-proofing companies for a zero-carbon world. It is the only solution that enables companies to fully automate their carbon accounting across all business units and suppliers, therefore liberating them from the drudgery of collecting and processing emissions data.

By using artificial intelligence to precisely measure emissions in real-time, businesses can identify and tackle carbon hotspots swiftly, enabling them to devise a trackable roadmap to net-zero carbon. At the same time, accurate audit trails and auto-populated annual reports ensure that companies comply with international reporting requirements, and align businesses with global climate targets to mitigate risk across their operations and supply chain. 

The Oren Marketplace

Environmental management, social license to operate, safety, renewable energy to lower emissions and operational efficiency for mining can be supported by a range of digital solutions enabling dynamic operations. To address these issues, Shell and IBM joined forces to create the Oren Marketplace – the first B2B solutions platform for the mining sector. 

With the adoption of many of the digital solutions offered through Oren, mining companies can adapt in real-time to risks or adjust plans ahead of a problem occurring. The goal is a shift towards proactive management as the optimal outcome for all stakeholders – community, shareholders, and employees.

Emitwise was founded with the goal of helping industries across all sectors reduce their carbon footprint. Similarly, Shell aims to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, or sooner, in step with society and its customers. And Oren is focused on offering innovative products and services that can help mining companies track and reduce their emissions. 

“Oren is the starting point for how we help our mining customers to de-carbonise,” explains Carol Chen, Global Lubricants Marketing, Vice President, Shell. “It’s our ambition to work with sectors like mining to help them find their own pathway to net-zero emissions through collaboration. The Oren marketplace offers a great opportunity for collaboration between the miners and technology companies that are joining this digital marketplace.” 

Web Summit

Emitwise will be showcasing its vision for a net-zero future live from Lisbon at this year’s Web Summit. Bringing together the people and companies redefining the global tech industry, the online event welcomes 100,000+ attendees from around the world to hear from more than 800 speakers and view offerings from 2,500 startups covering a vast range of topics from Data Science and Climate Change to AI and Machine Learning. To find out more and book your ticket visit Web Summit. 

Emitwise is one of many solutions providers on the Oren platform seeking to address the pain points and environmental concerns of heavy industries like mining. To discover a range of solutions that can further support your operation’s digital transformation and commitment to sustainability, visit the Oren Marketplace.

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