Mining between a rock and a hard place – Wednesday at the World Mining Congress


Mining between a rock and a hard place

With more storms, fires and floods

Hydrogen economy, rock cutting, automation, sharing water…

Plus Rio, Allkem, Bechtel and Newmont leaders

It’s Day 3, Wednesday 28 June at the 26th World Mining Congress, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Media welcome.

Plenaries, 8.30 am to 10.10

  • Sinead Kaufman, Chief Executive, Minerals, Rio Tinto, 8.30
  • Martin Perez de Solay, Allkem (Lithium producer), Managing Director and CEO, 8.55
  • Ailie MacAdam, Global President, Bechtel Mining and Metals, 9.20
  • Tom Palmer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Newmont Corporation

Then parallel sessions on all the things including: AI in ore body use, sustainability, automation, critical minerals, orebody knowledge, reducing waste through byproducts, hydrogen economy, sustainability, advances in processing, rock cutting, refining and recycling.

Media releases on

Between a rock and a hard place – welcome to the future of mining

Who’s leading from the front on emissions reduction?

More storms, fires, and floods: how will extreme weather events affect mining operations?

Sharing water. New planning tool offers miners in dry regions a shared water supply solution. The financial, environmental and social feasibility of mining in some of the world’s driest regions could be unlocked through shared water supply networks say UQ researchers.

Critical minerals and legal safeguards. Rushing to extract critical minerals could compromise sustainable development, say UQ researchers.  The urgency to provide metals for the energy transition is putting pressure on the legal safeguards and approval processes governing mining.

About the Congress

The World Mining Congress was first held in 1958 in Poland. It has been held every two to three years ever since. It is UN-affiliated and continues to have a secretariat in Poland.

The 26th World Congress will be held for the first time in Australia, spanning the entire Brisbane Convention Centre from 26 to 29 June 2023. The Congress anticipates over 3000 participants from over 70 countries.

The Congress was brought to Australia with the support of the host, CSIRO, Australia’s National Science Agency. The Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Science and Resources is our Major Sponsor and Queensland is our Host State Sponsor. A large suite of leading global and national companies and research agencies are also major sponsors of the Congress.

Inclusion of Congress speakers in media releases does not imply endorsement by the WMC, its hosts, partners and sponsors.

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