[INFOGRAPHIC] How the Mining Industry Can Hold Onto Its License to Operate
Every day, people worldwide consume a steadily growing amount of energy and interact with more rare elements than at any other time in human history.
Whether we’re aware of it or not, each day we interact with copper, gold, and lithium, among many, many more elements that make modern technology possible. If you live in the United States, it’s extremely likely that a portion—if not the lion’s share—of your electricity that you use for everything from running your vacuum cleaner to charging your smart phone comes from coal.
What do all of these things have in common?
Well, they’re not grown; they’re dug up. The mining industry is one so powerful and so necessary that it’s difficult to envision a world without it. But it does have flaws.
Putting aside a long list of environmental grievances, there’s a growing perception that the mining industry more often than not doesn’t take into consideration the concerns and needs of all stakeholders in an operation, including the local populace and governing bodies.
It’s for that reason that in 2012 the Kellogg Innovation Network brought together a wide range of individuals, both in and outside of the mining industry, to recognize the need to respond to souring public sentiment and set in motion plans to reverse them.
The following infographic is produced by the KIN Catalyst, “a neutral platform for positive change, organized by the Kellogg Innovation Network at the Kellogg School of Management.” It details the various challenges in public perception that the mining industry is faced with today and some of the possible ways to remedy those.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.