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Sustainable Management in the Extractive Industry

Explore the importance of sustainability in the extractive industry and what the solutions along 5 key action areas are

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Sustainable Management in the Extractive Industry

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  • 6 weeks

  • 2 hours per week

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  • Advanced level

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Design, with other stakeholders, new sustainable management practices.

On this six-week course, you’ll discover the most pressing issues and practical challenges faced by decision makers within the extractive industry.

You’ll critically reflect on sustainability, discover best practice strategies, and learn how to respond to sustainability challenges faced by the mineral resource extraction sector.

Explain the environmental and societal impact of mineral extraction

With scientific materials and cutting-edge insights curated by renowned experts, you’ll investigate innovative approaches and solutions to the most pressing sustainability issues in the extractive sector.

Using the SUMEX framework, you’ll focus on five key action areas: permitting and licensing, health and safety, land use planning, environmental and socio-economic impact assessment, and reporting.

With this overview, you’ll be able to contextualise your knowledge within the areas of policy, business, and civil society, helping you analyse and discuss stakeholder needs.

Analyse environmental impact using tools such as the three pillars of sustainability

You’ll investigate sustainable extractive management processes through various conceptual lenses and methodological approaches such as the three pillars of sustainability, leverage points, and the Institutional Resource Regime.

With this knowledge, you’ll be able to apply and adapt sustainability frameworks to reflect different organisational needs.

Discover sustainable management best practice in policy and industry

Framing discussions within the European extractive sector, you’ll share best practice with fellow learners from around the world.

Combining shared experiences and expert insights, you’ll be able to identify successful approaches to sustainability and embed them in your own management practices.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Introductory week

    • Welcome to the course

      In this first activity we welcome you to the MOOC on 'Sustainable Management in the Extractive Industry'. We will introduce relevant topics and provide an overview of the coming weeks. We are excited to have you on board.

    • The European perspective

      Gain an overview of the EU policy landscape for the extractive sector and discuss current issues and challenges of the sector.

    • The many facetts of sustainability

      Get insights into the different lenses through which the SUMEX project approaches the analysis of sustainability in the extractive sector, these include the concepts of Leverage Points and the Institutional Resource Regime (IRR).

    • Assignment

      This quiz will serve to test your knowledge on topics that were discussed during this week. If you are a premium member, you should also attempt the test in order to be eligible for the certificate for this course.

    • Take away messages and recap

      Here, we briefly recap this week's topics and main take-aways, and provide a short outlook onto what you will learn next week.

  • Week 2

    Impact Assessment

    • Introduction to Impact Assessment

      Pamela introduces different forms of impact assessment and some challenges as well as suggestions for improving the process. We also discuss how the environmental and social impacts of an extractive project are identified.

    • Expert insights

      Listen to our experts Tommi and Guillermo discuss the major challenges faced by industry and policy-makers in improving the effectiveness of environmental impact assessments.

    • Highlighting real-life practices

      Learn about the 'valued components' approach, which will be illustrated via two real-life examples of a successful quarry rehabilitation in France.

    • Assignment

      This quiz will serve to test your knowledge on topics that were discussed during this week. If you are a premium member, you should also attempt the test in order to be eligible for the certificate for this course.

    • Take away messages and recap

      Here, we briefly recap this week's topics and main take-aways

  • Week 3

    Land use planning

    • Introduction to Land use planning

      Besmira and Katharina examine the role of land use planning to regulate the competition between various forms of land use in an efficient and sustainable manner. We also take a deeper look at the role of sustainability.

    • Expert insights

      Listen to our experts talk about the role of land use planning in sustainably managing the need of society for extractives. As well as discussing how LUP authorities can respond to land use conflicts in an effective and fair way.

    • Highlighting real-life practices

      Here, we look into the application of the Institutional Resource Regime approach in the real-world, where it was used to consolidate the competition for land use between metal mining and reindeer herding in Sweden.

    • Assignment

      This quiz will serve to test your knowledge on topics that were discussed during this week. If you are a premium member, you should also attempt the test in order to be eligible for the certificate for this course.

    • Take-away messages and recap

      Here, we briefly recap this week's topics.

  • Week 4

    Health and Safety

    • Introduction to Health and Safety

      We define different risks and show their potential for harming workers, communities and the environment. Michael emphasises the importance of companies using adequate health and safety measures to reduce and eliminate these risks.

    • Expert insights

      In this recorded webinar, our experts discuss whether or not zero harm can be achieved and highlight the most important actions on the path to get there.

    • Highlighting real life examples

      We showcase three different health & safety approaches by large mining companies to show the wide application of H&S. Find out about approaches to community and workers' H&S as well as how to establish a company's safety culture.

    • Assignment

      This quiz will serve to test your knowledge on topics that were discussed during this week. If you are a premium member, you should also attempt the test in order to be eligible for the certificate for this course.

    • Take away messages and recap

      Here, we briefly recap this week's topics and provide a short outlook onto what you will learn next week.

  • Week 5

    Permitting

    • Introduction to Permitting

      Here Andreas will look into company and authorities practice on permitting and its underlying policy provisions. We explain challenges and the current state of play proposals for new extractive sites near nature protected areas.

    • Expert insights

      Lia from a national park authority and Michael advising companies on how to design projects discuss about their experiences of how mineral extraction affects biodiversity: how to best assess impacts or design for rehabilitation.

    • Highlighting real life examples

      We describe challenges of a quarry situated near a nature protected area in Spain. While trying to contribute to conservation objectives, the quarry aims for an extension of its operation.

    • Assignment

      This quiz will serve to test your knowledge on topics that were discussed during this week. If you are a premium member, you should also attempt the test in order to be eligible for the certificate for this course.

    • Take away messages and recap

      Here, we briefly recap this week's topics and provide a short outlook onto what you will learn next week.

  • Week 6

    Reporting

    • Introduction to Reporting

      Anders emphasises the importance of sustainability reporting and points out current challenges and most recent developments in this area. He also discusses the various stakeholders who benefit from thorough reporting practices.

    • Expert insights

      Listen to our experts discuss different ways in which standards, such as IRMA, work towards improving reporting practices. Furthermore, they delve into which sustainability topics should be reported in the extractive industry.

    • Highlighting real life examples

      We highlight a mining company's efforts to develop a tool for reporting metrics related to quarry restoration, such as an increase in net biodiversity and ecosystem services, and integrating these results into their annual report.

    • Assignment

      This quiz will serve to test your knowledge on topics that were discussed during this week. If you are a premium member, you should also attempt the test in order to be eligible for the certificate for this course.

    • Take away messages and recap

      Here, we briefly recap this week's topics and provide a short outlook onto what you will learn next week.

    • End of course synthesis

      This final activity will provide a recap of all the topics we have covered in the last 6 weeks, and give an outlook on coming EU policy developments of relevance for the extractive sector.

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  • 7 Nov 2022 - 16 Dec 2022

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Reflect on the importance of a coherent approach to sustainability framework in the extractive sector 
  • Explain the societal relevance of raw material extraction 
  • Investigate the main pillars of sustainable extractive management 
  • Apply sustainability frameworks for mineral extraction to different institutional and local contexts
  • Identify and evaluate good practices in the extractive industry in a critical manner
  • Discuss with experts and peers the current state and related challenges of the European extractive sector
  • Explore the SUMEX and other important tools about good practice learning 

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for leaders, managers and stakeholders in the mineral extractive industry who want to learn about the challenges, solutions and new developments in sustainability.

It will be especially useful for public administrators and industry practitioners wishing to understand and implement sustainability management at any stage of the mining life cycle from exploration to post-closure. This course may also benefit those interested in the importance of raw materials for a sustainable future and the challenges connected to them.

Who will you learn with?

Pamela Lesser has been researching responsible mining for 10 years, and environmental and social impact assessment globally for over 25 years.

I am a professional for sustainability in the extractives sector. Over the last 10 years I have been working with European policymakers on improving public policy and sustainability.

Noé is part of the team of the Vienna University of Econmics and Business working on the SUMEX project. He is experienced in creating online peer-learning environments in different H2020 projects.

Anders Forsgren is working at the sustainability department at Boliden mines, focusing on social sustainability and community engagement.

Michael Tost has extensive work experience as a Health & Safety expert. He is now Professor for Sustainable Mining Technology at Montanuniversität Leoben and coordinator of the SUMEX project.

André Martinuzzi is Head of the Institute for Managing Sustainability at WU Vienna. He has over 20 years of experience in coordinating and leading EU-wide research projects.

Katharina Gugerell is a senior scientist working on sustainable land use, land-use governance and sustainability transformations.

Besmira Dyca is a researcher at Wageningen University and has a special interest in land use planning policy and distributive justice.

Who developed the course?

SUMEX

To foster more, yet sustainable mineral production in the EU, SUMEX produces expert knowledge and develops a sustainability framework for the extractive industries.

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