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P33. Enhancement of waste from quarrying and mining operations through environmentally sustainable solutions and processing


Congressi SGI-SIMP

  • Sossio Fabio Graziano - Università degli studi di Napoli Federico II
  • Nicola Careddu - Università degli studi di Cagliari
  • Giovanna Antonella Dino - Università degli studi di Torino
  • Susanna Mancini - Università degli studi di Torino
The continuing growth in demand for industrial and critical raw materials needed by society is pushing towards social, technological and, above all, social and environmental challenges. Operations on raw materials are inevitably accompanied by the production of large volumes of extractive waste stored in extractive waste facilities or connected to ongoing exploitation and processing phases.
To be defined as sustainable, mining activities need to be approached in interdisciplinary way facing environmental, technical, economic and social issues: fundamental is, on the one side, the involvement of policy makers and citizens in boosting the transition to a responsible and sustainable mining, and, on the other side, the promotion of circular economy principles accompanied by financial tools and updated legislation.
The main topics, that will be discussed in this session, cover, but are not limited to:
- Characterization of geomaterials, their environmental interactions and decay.
- Characterization of industrial residue resources and their environmental assessment.
- Exploitation and valorization of secondary raw materials from waste
- Estimation and (potential) exploitation of critical raw materials associated to extractive waste
- Multidisciplinary investigation of ore deposits to determine the best scenarios for RM exploitation and processing (with contemporary exploitation of SRM, by-products, etc.)
- Modern tools and technologies to estimate quality and quantities of resources present in extractive waste (from decision support tools to the use of A.I.)
- Role of scientists in the transition to sustainable mining
- Case studies about RM/CRM/SRM exploitation of extractive waste   
Natural stone scraps, extractive waste, Critical Raw materials, Secondary Raw Materials, sustainable mining