Aug 29, 2016

Miners promote their green credentials

Miners promote their green credentials

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) is promoting its green credentials.

Mining’s peak industry body has launched a campaign promoting its members’ role in the development of renewables, innovation and energy security.

The campaign would increase public awareness that commodities from the resources sector provide the vital ingredients to make the products we use in our lives every day, including renewables, QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche said.

“This campaign is designed to educate the public that our sector provides the materials that are used to build just about everything that surrounds us today, and will continue to do so well into the future,” Mr Roche said.

“This campaign in particular highlights the many natural resources that are used to produce and utilise sustainable energy … our sector is at the front line of generating alternative energy and materials and, therefore, providing solutions for a sustainable lifestyle.”

Mr Roche noted that Queensland had one of the world’s highest take-up rates for domestic solar power panels.

‘Every part of a solar panel is manufactured from mined metals and materials,’ Mr Roche said. ‘The panel frames are made from aluminium, which comes from bauxite such as that mined on Cape York and then refined into alumina at Gladstone. The cells are made from silica, tellurium and cadmium.

‘The wiring from a solar panel on your roof to your house is made from copper, like that mined and smelted in Queensland’s north-west minerals province centred on Mount Isa and Cloncurry and then refined in Townsville.’

Mr Roche also pointed to wind turbines as products of the resources sector as virtually every part of a wind turbine is dependent on steel.

‘Approximately 70 percent of world steel production uses coking coal as an essential ingredient, and Queensland’s Bowen Basin – as the largest source of seaborne coking coal exports – plays a key role in making wind power a reality,’ Mr Roche said.

‘The wind turbine’s generator is 65 percent steel, and 35 percent copper – again a Queensland product.’

Finally, this campaign highlights the essential role played by resources in ensuring energy security for Queenslanders.


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