Calcutta, July 20: The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA), an apex body of miners, is eyeing greater engagement with Indian companies to develop sustainable mining in the country.
Melanie Stutsel, director of health, safety, environment and community of the MCA, said the Australian mining companies have over the years developed expertise in sustainable mining, which includes the assessment of the environmental impact of the project and building a long-term partnership with the local community.
Stulsel said the mining sector in India could benefit from the prevalent practices in Australia at a time several projects in the country had been delayed in the absence of environmental clearances and issues over the rehabilitation of the displaced. “Given environmental and rehabilitation issues gaining importance in India, we are ready to share our learning and best practices with members of the Indian mining community.”
She said even though there were many parallels between the mining industry in Australia and India, there was an opportunity to bridge the gap between the mining company and community expectations.
During her visit, Stutsel met members of the Federation of Indian Mineral Industries, TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), Mining, Geological & Metrological Institute of India (MGMI) and some non-government organisations.
She said among the key issues discussed on sustainable mining was the distribution of economic returns to the local community as well as mine closure for future land use.