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.
Engineers, managers, undergraduate and post-graduate students, scientists working with R&D in minerals and metal industry.
Session 1: Design of new magnetic materials by theoretical modeling
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.
John Rankin has a BSc and PhD in extractive metallurgy from the University of Queensland, Australia. He is a Consultant, Adjunct Professor (Swinburne University, Melbourne) and Honorary Fellow of CSIRO. He worked initially for MINTEK in South Africa then lectured in extractive metallurgy and chemical engineering at the Universities of Stellenbosh (South Africa) and Waterloo (Canada). During the 1990s, he was Director of the G K Williams Cooperative Research Centre for Extractive Metallurgy at the University of Melbourne. He then accepted a position in CSIRO and held the role of Chief Scientist of the Division of Minerals. He became increasingly interested in the implications of sustainability for the minerals and metals industries and developed research programs within CSIRO and helped establish the Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Resource Processing in 2003. More recently, he authored the book Minerals Metals and Sustainability: Meeting Future Material Needs (CRC Press) and edited the 3rd edition of the Australasian Mining and Metallurgical Operating Practices published by the AusIMM. He is co-editor of the journal Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy.