1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of the Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development

Edited By Natalia Yakovleva, Edmund Nickless Copyright 2022
    704 Pages 101 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of the Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development provides a cutting-edge, comprehensive overview of current trends, challenges and opportunities for metal and mineral production and use, in the context of climate change and the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.

    Minerals and metals are used throughout the world in manufacturing, construction, infrastructure, production of electronics and consumer goods. Alongside this widespread use, extraction and processing of mineral resources take place in almost every nation at varying scales, both in developing countries and major developed nations. The chapters in this interdisciplinary handbook examine the international governance mechanisms regulating social, environmental and economic implications of mineral resource extraction and use. The original contributions, from a range of scholars, examine the relevance of the mining industry to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), reviewing important themes such as local communities Indigenous peoples, gender equality and fair trade, showing how mining can influence global sustainable development. The chapters are organised into three sections: Global Trends in Mineral Resources Consumption and Production; Technology, Minerals and Sustainable Development; and Management of Social, Environmental and Economic Issues in the Mining Industry.

    This handbook will serve as an important resource for students and researchers of geology, geography, earth science, environmental studies, engineering, international development, sustainable development and business management, among others. It will also be of interest to professionals in governmental, international and non-governmental organisations that are working on issues of resource governance, environmental protection and social justice.

    Saleem H. Ali


    Natalia Yakovleva and Edmund Nickless

    PART I Global trends in mineral resources consumption and production: an overview

    Judith A. Kinnaird and Edmund Nickless

    1 Critical raw materials: an introduction

    Judith A. Kinnaird and Paul A.M. Nex

    2 Development of mineral supply and demand from 1950 to 2020: Cold War and consumerism

    Mark Burnett, Steven E. Zhang, Yousef Ghorbani, Julie E. Bourdeau, Benedikt M. Steiner, James S.K. Barnet and Glen T. Nwaila

    3 Current global patterns of consumption of non-energy minerals and metals: trends and challenges of life in a material world

    Patrice Christmann, Elias T. Ayuk, Antonio M. A. Pedro and S. Vijay Kumar

    4 Future mineral demand: climate change and materials for the energy transition

    Gavin M. Mudd

    5 Future mineral demand: the necessary transition toward sustainability

    Patrice Christmann, Elias T. Ayuk, Antonio M. A. Pedro and S. Vijay Kumar

    6 Current and future supply of minerals: technical, environmental and business issues

    Karin E. Olson Hoal, Eric Pirard and Alan R. Butcher

    7 Exploring for deeply buried ore deposits

    Raymond J. Durrheim, Musa S.D. Manzi, Glen T. Nwaila and Susan J. Webb

    8 Mining for a low-carbon economy: new technologies and integrated governance

    Anja Berretta and Ross Harvey

    9 The case for global cooperation concerning the sustainable management of mining and minerals

    Ana Elizabeth Bastida

    PART II Technology, minerals and sustainable development: an overview

    Damien Giurco, Kazuyo Matsubae and Stephen Northey

    10 Minerals for future low-and zero-CO2 energy and transport technologies

    Simon M. Jowitt

    11 Construction materials and sustainable development

    Patrick Junior and Daniel M. Franks

    12 Spatial-temporal views on urban construction material flow and stock towards sustainability

    Hiroki Tanikawa, Jing Guo and Tomer Fishman

    13 Soil remineralizer: a new route to sustainability for Brazil, a giant exporting agro-mineral commodities

    Suzi Huff Theodoro, David A. C. Manning, Andreì Mundstock Xavier de Carvalho, Fabiane Rodrigues FerraÞo and Gustavo Rosa de Almeida

    14 Urban mining of metals and minerals for a circular economy and the sustainable development goals

    Wei-Qiang Chen and Xianlai Zeng

    15 Resource and production technologies for scandium

    Osamu Takeda and Toru H. Okabe

    16 Advanced manufacturing and high-quality materials: phosphorus

    Kazuyo Matsubae, Eiji Yamasue and Hisao Ohtake

    PART III Management of social, environmental and economic issues in the mining industry: an overview

    Maria Amélia Enriquez and Natalia Yakovleva

    17 An evolving agenda for environmental, health, and safety management in mining

    Luis E. Sánchez and Daniel M. Franks

    18 Overlapping and interacting water and land risks in mining regions

    Nadja C. Kunz, Laura J. Sonter and Chris J. Moran

    19 Environmental transparency of global oil and gas companies: an independent comparative assessment

    Alexey Yu. Knizhnikov, Evgeny A. Shvarts, Alexander Pakhalov, Natalia Rozhkova and Madeline McCann

    20 Rethinking the social license to operate and community participation: the contribution of social impact assessment

    Jacques Demajorovic and Viviane Pisano

    21 Gender mainstreaming for sustainable mining in sub-Saharan Africa: opportunities and challenges

    Judy N. Muthuri, Willice O. Abuya and Luis D. Torres

    22 Cooperatives as a centrepiece for formalizing small-scale mining in sub-Saharan Africa: rationale, benefits and limitations

    Matondo Estrela Garcia Cardoso and Gavin Hilson

    23 Making extractives work for sustainable development in resource-rich countries

    Antonio M. A. Pedro

    24 Mining cities and sustainable development

    Maria Amélia Enriquez, Marcello Veiga and Jo.o Gustavo Gouveia Loureiro

    25 Ethical supply chains of metals and minerals

    Mary E. Bingham Chee

    26 Civil society and mining: an era of expanded approaches and voices will accelerate SDG impacts

    Cristina M. Villegas

    27 Understanding and addressing ‘modern slavery’ in DRC-UK cobalt supply chains

    James McQuilken, Zahra Shirgholami and Dylan McFarlane

    28 Indigenous peoples and mining in the Circumpolar North: Canada, Finland, and Russia

    Natalia Yakovleva, Ken Coates, Tanja Hoffmann, Tuyara Gavrilyeva and Nadezhda Stepanova

    29 Mining and sustainable development – a project-level approach to identify opportunities for collaboration and innovation

    Sarah Caven and Cassia Johnson



    Natalia Yakovleva is Professor of Strategy at KEDGE Business School, France. Natalia holds a BSc in Economics and PhD in Environmental Studies. She specialises in corporate social responsibility, sustainable business and circular economy, and has published in the Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of World Business and Nature.

    Edmund Nickless, a geologist and a trainer, has worked extensively on mineral resource issues. He currently chairs the Resourcing Future Generations initiative of the International Union of Geological Sciences. Until retirement, he was Executive Secretary of the Geological Society of London. Previously, he worked for the British Geological Survey and HMG Cabinet Office.

    "This Handbook could not have come at a more opportune moment, when humankind faces the vital challenge of urgently creating climate-neutral and sustainable economic systems. Reliable and unhindered access to mineral raw materials is crucial to meet this challenge, and the authors guide readers across the many aspects of extracting and using natural resources, without running from sensitive issues like environmental, social and ethical implications—a must-read for those willing to drive sustainable development."
    Vitor Correia, Past-President of the European Federation of Geologists and Secretary-General of the International Raw Materials Observatory.

    "It’s about time! The grand challenge ahead for society to move from talking about decarbonization to actually making a sustainable world is how do you materially make it happen. The science and engineering have advanced to make much of vision of a sustainable society conceivable. The public discourse is moving towards a vision of such a future. But can we physically have the materials wherewithal to make it happen? Natalia Yakovleva and Edmund Nickless have brought together the leading minds to demonstrate this is not just a technical issue, nor is it just a social issue, but rather part of a complex ecosystem to enable us to meet the raw material needs in a sustainable way. The technical challenges and solutions are well documented in the handbook, but most importantly, the social science contributors address how this is not just a simple technical problem, but one that the social and human factors overprint, and often drive the successful implementation of developing raw materials not just for a sustainable future, but as a sustainably-aware process itself. This handbook brings all of the tools to transform the broader conversation of raw materials to the next level of actualization we need for a genuinely sustainable future."
    Christopher M. Keane, Director, Geoscience Profession & Higher Education, American Geosciences Institute, Virginia, United States of America.

    "Over the next two decades we will see dramatic changes in the requirements and supply of raw materials as we change our behaviours with respect to energy consumption and transport and their underpinning resources. This Routledge Handbook is an essential text for anyone in the minerals industry including, scientists, engineers, or economists and financial managers, and those concerned with the social aspects of the extractives industries."
    John Ludden CBE, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, President of the International Union of Geological Sciences, IUGS.

    "The Routledge Handbook of Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development, edited by Edmund Nickless and Natalia Yakovleva, challenges readers to take a systems view of the resource crisis that is developing in response to society’s move to a more sustainable, decarbonised economy. The Handbook acknowledges the gaps in understanding and lack of consensus around the role of the extractive industries in sustainable development. However, by bringing together such a diverse set of emerging and established authors, topics and viewpoints the Handbook itself fills a significant gap and provides a solid platform from which to initiate future dialogue for cooperative progress on this pressing issue."
    Murray W. Hitzman, Director, Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG), University College, Dublin, Ireland.

    "A critical and timely guide full of important information for industry practitioners who continuously grapple with building a positive relationship between the extractives industry and the society through the lens of sustainable development."
    Melba Kapesa Wasunna, External Affairs Manager, Base Titanium Ltd, Kenya.

    "This Handbook is a one-stop shop to understand contemporary questions related to the life cycle of minerals, metals, and energy resources. It brings together authors with extensive experience in their respective fields covering critical technical, social, economic, environmental and governance topics related to the sector. The Handbook is relevant for its breadth and for discussing important issues related to the extractive industries' past, present and future challenges and opportunities. It also points to directions on how the sector can contribute to the betterment of societies. It is a valuable resource for academics, practitioners, managers and policy-makers."
    André Xavier, Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.