Availability, addiction and alternatives: three criteria for assessing the impact of peak minerals on society

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dc.contributor.author Mason, Leah en_US
dc.contributor.author Prior, Timothy en_US
dc.contributor.author Mudd, Gavin en_US
dc.contributor.author Giurco, Damien en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-12T03:33:54Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-12T03:33:54Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier 2009008690 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Mason Leah et al. 2011, 'Availability, addiction and alternatives: three criteria for assessing the impact of peak minerals on society', Elsevier, vol. 19, no. 9-10, pp. 958-966. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0959-6526 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/18322
dc.description.abstract The concept of `peaks' in the production of natural resources has attracted attention in the area of energy production, with concerns about `peak oil? driving recent research and investment in alternative sources of energy. There are fundamental and important differences between a peak in the production of oil and peaks in the production of metalliferous minerals, but in both cases production changes from `easier and less expensive? early in a resource?s life to `difficult and expensive? as time progresses. The impacts of this change in production circumstances require critical consideration in the governance of national and subnational mineral endowments. This paper develops a framework for evaluating the impacts of changing patterns of mineral production. The framework considers three criteria: availability of a resource (considering its geological characteristics and geographical distribution); society?s addiction to the resource (its centrality and criticality to economic, social and environmental systems); and the possibility of finding alternatives (whether the resource can be substituted or recovered). An initial assessment against these criteria provides an overview of how a production peak might affect the production of minerals in Australia and the impacts that this might have on the Australian economy. Assessing important resources against these three criteria will be imperative in future considerations regarding the roles minerals and metals play as service providers in our economic, social and environmental systems. Additionally, this analysis should prompt a reassessment of the value of minerals beyond economic measures. Indicators derived from these criteria will inform strategies that can address future changes in production characteristics e meeting challenges with strong governance, and realising opportunities with proactive policy. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2010.12.006 en_US
dc.title Availability, addiction and alternatives: three criteria for assessing the impact of peak minerals on society en_US
dc.parent Journal Of Cleaner Production en_US
dc.journal.volume 19 en_US
dc.journal.number 9-10 en_US
dc.publocation USA en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 958 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 966 en_US
dc.cauo.name DVCRch.Institute for Sustainable Futures en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 090700 en_US
dc.personcode 105310 en_US
dc.personcode 107171 en_US
dc.personcode 0000043127 en_US
dc.personcode 996446 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Environmental Engineering en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition 1 en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords Peak minerals; Peak oil; Resource depletion; Mining; Australia en_US
dc.staffid 996446 en_US

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