Mining Futures | Carbon and Mining
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Open pit hard rock mining is one of the planet’s most energy intensive activities.  The world’s largest mines move 500,000 tons of material every day, and the energy requirement to accomplish this is staggering.  In British Columbia, 7 hard-rock mines consume 15% of the Province’s electrical power.  Large mines measure their electricity demands in 100s of MW.  Over and above electricity consumption, mines depend on vast amounts of diesel fuel.  Canadian mines use around 250 million litres of diesel every year. As a whole, the Canadian sector is responsible for emitting 8.5Mt of of CO2 equivalents every year.


  • Energy mapping
  • Clean energy systems
  • Diesel replacement
  • Heat loss recovery
  • Modular nuclear
  • Smart grid management
  • Power reduction (grinding, hauling, ventilation….)
  • Carbon management/pricing
  • Carbon sequestration

Who We Are

  • Ali Madiseh, Assistant Professor, UBC Mining
  • Martin Ordonez, Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Power Converters for Renewable Energy Systems
  • Walter Merida, Professor, UBC Mechanical Engineering
  • Dave Wilkinson, Professor, Canadian Research Chair in Clean Energy Fuel Cell Technology
  • Steve Rogak, Professor, UBC Mechanical Engineering
  • Patrick Kirchen, Assistant Professor, UBC Mechanical Engineering
  • Kendall Bushe, Associate Professor, UBC Mechanical Engineering
  • James Tansey, Associate Professor, Sauder School of Business
  • Greg Dipple,  Professor, UBC Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
  • John Grace, Professor Emeritus, UBC Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Naoko Ellis, Professor, UBC Chemical and Biological Engineering







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CRC (Tier 2)