Powering Our Future

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As humanity makes the transition to renewable energy, we are facing a rapidly increasing demand for rare metals. However, traditional mining is associated with environmental destruction, pollution and high carbon emissions. How can mining become a green industry? What are the new and novel technologies allowing for low carbon metal recovery with limited impact on the surrounding environment? What are the challenges for upscaling these to mining's global supply chain? Come along for an informative and evocative discussion by experts at the cutting edge of these critical questions. 


Chair: Professor Jon Blundy, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford


Lucy Crane

Lucy is the ESG & Sustainability Manager for Cornish Lithium, a company exploring for lithium in Cornwall, UK. She is a geologist by training with a background in grassroots exploration, and started her career exploring for base metals in Morocco and Ethiopia. She is a strong advocate for the standardisation of sustainable and responsible practices in mining, promoting these actions to the wider public, and is passionate about making the industry a more diverse place to work. She has been on the committee for Young Mining Professionals London since its inception, and is heavily involved in Women in Mining UK. She did a 2019 TEDx talk on ‘Mining our way to a low carbon future’ which has been well received. She holds a degree in Earth Sciences from Oxford University, and a Masters in Mining Geology from the Camborne School of Mines.


Rob Bowell

Rob Bowell is a corporate consultant with SRK Consulting an adjunct professor at Queens University, Kingston, Ontario.  He has 35 years’ experience in the mining industry and specializes in applied geochemistry and solution mining.  He has worked globally on more than 25 commodities.


Nigel Steward

Nigel is the Chief Scientist at Rio Tinto, the world’s second largest metals and mining corporation. He has more than 30 years’ experience in Rio Tinto’s aluminium, copper and diamond divisions, holding various positions across the company including in R&D, Environment and Technical Management, and Climate Change Worldwide.

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