TMS2018 Professional Development Events

Determination of Sustainability Indicators of Minerals and Metals Using Life Cycle Assessment

Sunday, March 11, 2018 • 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Phoenix Convention Center
Recycling and Environmental Technologies Committee
Nawshad Haque, The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO); John Rankin, CSIRO and Swinburne University of Technology


This all-day course will consist of two distinct sessions. The morning session will focus on providing participants an introduction to life cycle assessment approaches including some historical context to help participants understand the current state of the field, an introduction to the ISO Standards and other guidance related to performing LCA studies, an overview of available software tools and datasets, and an example calculation using the SimaPro LCA software package.

The afternoon session will focus on case studies and application of LCA in mining, mineral processing, and metal production. The case studies will specifically cover LCA of various mining methods, mineral commodities, and metal production routes within specified boundaries. Other process industries will include making of charcoal from woody biomass and application of biocarbon in metallurgy.

Who Attends?

Engineers, managers, undergraduate and post-graduate students, scientists working with R&D in minerals and metal industry.

Topical Outline

Session 1: Design of new magnetic materials by theoretical modeling

  • Introduction to Life Cycle Assessment: What is LCA?
  • Why do we need LCA of mineral industry?
  • Doing an LCA
    • Guidance for life cycle assessment
      • International Standards Organization 14044 (2006)
      • Four major stages or steps of LCA
      • Other relevant guidelines
    • Life cycle assessment software and data
      • Software: Focused on SimaPro, GaBi, and OpenLcA
      • Datasets
  • Process-based LCA
  • Focused on EcoInvent, GaBi, US LCI, ELCD, AusLCI
    • Data quality considerations
      • What is involved in carrying out an LCA?
        • Introduce example system
        • Data collection templates for input in LCA software or Excel
        • Inputting data into LCA software
        • The structure of an LCA model
        • Performing a calculation
          • Basic math behind the calculation
        • What to expect from the basic results
          • Inventory
          • Impact categories and assessment
          • Contribution analysis
      • Sensitivity and Monte Carlo analysis
  • Interpreting the Results
    • What do they mean?
    • What are the implications and strength of LCA studies?
    • Limitations of an LCA
  • Sustainability in mining and mineral processing
  • Introduction Sustainability in the context of mining, mineral processing, and metal production
  • Resource sustainability and life
  • Recycling
  • How LCA can be used in case studies
    • Open-cut, underground, in-situ leaching mining method
    • Iron ore, copper ore, and bauxite
  • For iron and steel industry
    • Ferroalloys
    • Gold
    • Aluminum and comparison of production using various energy sources
    • Environmental impact categories in LCA
  • Engineers, managers, undergraduate and post-graduate students, scientists working with R&D I minerals and metal industry.

Instructor Biography

Nawshad Haque is a Senior Scientist and Leader of CSIRO's life cycle assessment (LCA) and techno-economic evaluation team in Mineral Resources Business Unit. He works on process flowsheet modelling, economic and environmental evaluation of process systems for mining, mineral processing and metal making industries using various tools, databases and software. Haque has extensively studied LCA of a variety of metals, including aluminium, magnesium, ferroalloy, gold and nickel to identify opportunities for CO2 emission reduction. He has also evaluated projects such as biomass-derived charcoal application in steel making with fossil coal blends to reduce environmental impact and the application for biocoke, bioanode, biopitch in aluminium production using LCA tools and techno-economic considerations. These studies have led to numerous publications, some of which have been used internally in CSIRO and by various external industry groups.

Haque commenced work as a materials scientist at New Zealand Forest Research Institute and in 2005 joined CSIRO. Haque has been awarded a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Sydney in 2002. Haque is an elected Fellow of the AusIMM. Haque co-ordinates undergraduate courses on mineral processing and life cycle assessment and offers lectures and workshops and co-supervises PhD students.


Registering As Advanced On-site
Member $525 $600
Non-member $575 $650
Student $300 $350