Minerals Industry Greenhouse Challenge Workbook

In 1996, we were engaged by the Greenhouse Challenge Office (now the Australian Greenhouse Office), the Minerals Council of Australia and the Australian Coal Association to produce a workbook for the minerals industry. The engagement was with Colin Randall (of C Randall & Associates) and Peter Stewart (of Molino Stewart) and the task was to produce a comprehensive workbook to assist industry members join and participate in the Greenhouse Challenge Program.

The workbook was completed in late 1996 and workshops held for the industry in NSW, Vic, SA, Qld, NT, and WA in early 1997. Feedback from the workshops indicated that the workbook had been favourably received. Copies of the workbook may be obtained from the Minerals Council State offices though the multipliers used in the calculations would need to be updated from the AGO web site.

The workbook contains generic greenhouse gas abatement projects relevant to the industry, a flow chart of the steps in the Challenge Programme and spreadsheets to get you started.

The Greenhouse Challenge Programme is a voluntary program between the Commonwealth Government and industry. Participants agree to:
establish an emissions inventory of greenhouse gases that result from their activities,
monitor and manage those emissions,
set greenhouse gas emissions targets (may be total or per unit targets),
identify projects to reduce greenhouse emissions,
implement projects that are economically viable,
monitor the results against targets, and
report annually to the Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO),
issue a public statement about their progress with the program.

The various components of the programme to meet these requirements are:
An emissions inventory for the base year (starting year) and emissions projections for future years – say the next five years.
The emissions inventory should be established for each site, then aggregated across the group.
Greenhouse Strategies and Projects for each mine site in the group,
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Abatement Action Plans (for each site), including the possibility of group wise Actions (policy/awareness/purchasing),
An initial Public Statement on commitments in the cooperative agreement.
Monitoring (internal at each site, plus overall review across the group),
Project Implementation,
Project review and identification of new projects, and
Annual Reporting to AGO.

The flowchart pictured shows the steps in the program.

 

The table below lists the Generic Projects from the Workbook:
 Generic Greenhouse and Energy Projects
Energy Management     
1
Energy Audit
2
Energy Management Program
3
Energy Monitoring as a Management a Tool
Energy Projects
4
Air Compressors and compressed air systems
5
Bathhouse heating systems
6
Boiler Controls Steam Systems
7
Building Air Conditioning and Space Heating
8
Buildings – Insulation and Shade
9
Collect methane and use to generate electricity
10
Combined Heat and Power (Cogeneration)
11
Computerised Energy Management System
12
Drive Belts and Coupling Systems
13
Fuel Efficient Diesel Engines
14
Fuel Substitution: electricity instead of diesel
15
Fuel Substitution: LPG/CNG instead of diesel
16
Furnace Controls and Improvements
17
Heat Pumps
18
Heat Recovery
19
High Efficiency Electric Motors
20
Lighting Systems
21
Optimisation of Face Shovel and Dragline Performance
22
Remote Area Power Supplied Photovoltaic Panels
23
Solar Water Heating
24
Trolley Wire Assist for Haulage Trucks
25
Variable Speed Drives for Pumps
26
Variable Speed Drives for Fans
27
Ventilation Systems
Chemical Processes
28
Energy efficient metallurgical processes
29
Fine Grinding Technology
30
Flare methane
31
Oil Reclamation System
32
Substitution of Chemicals in Recovery Process
33
Water Management
Mining Processes
34
Alternative Transport Overland Conveyors
35
Codisposal of Fines
36
Larger trucks shovels graders
37
Minimise blasting of coal – Use hydraulic backhoe
38
Recover coal to reduce spontaneous  combustion/improve recovery of resource
39
Reduced weight of dragline and shovel buckets
Explosives
40
Blast Management
Training
41
Teach staff to identify ways to improve energy efficiency
Environmental
42
Clearing vegetation from areas to be inundated by dams
43
Tree plantings/Revised rehabilitation programs
44
Alternative feeds for agricultural animals
Contact us (phone 02-9871 6641) if you would like further information .

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