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Thomas E. Graedel and Ester van der Voet

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262013581

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262013581.001.0001

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Deteriorating Ore Resources

Deteriorating Ore Resources

Energy and Water Impacts

(p.130) (p.131) 8 Deteriorating Ore Resources
Linkages of Sustainability

Terry E. Norgate

The MIT Press

This chapter assesses the interactions between energy, water, and metallic ore resources and their impact on sustainability. First, it discusses life cycle assessment (LCA) studies concerning the production of metals from metalliferous ores in terms of gross energy requirement (GER). It then presents the results of LCA studies in terms of water consumption in metal production. The chapter also discusses the impact of deteriorating ore quality on energy, water and greenhouse gases. The chapter concludes with some suggestions for mitigating the energy, greenhouse gas, and water impacts of ore deterioration.

Keywords:   energy, water, metallic ore, sustainability, life cycle assessment, metalliferous ores, gross energy requirement, greenhouse gases

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