The Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management was launched on 5 August 2020. The standard provides guidance for our industry to manage its tailings responsibilities. Amira Members have recognised that Implementation is key and that our industry MUST work together learn, share and improve the situation.
Importantly, shared responsibility includes resolving the persistent and growing tailings volumes. Amira has established a collaboration of mining companies who together represent over a third of the 2025 planned tailings volume. The collaboration represents major and mid-tier organisations across all commodities and operating across the globe.
This collaboration is seeking to support research and development that could unlock breakthrough science and technology in the following three key areas:
- Avoiding catastrophic failure through monitoring and containment
- Tailings repurposing that results in a step change in existing tailings volumes
- Step changes in the characterization, extraction and processing of material in the production of Tailings volume.
Amira is inviting R&D short form proposals that will be evaluated by the Amira Tailings Collaboration for potential support and sponsorship through Amira.