Environmental Advances in Mining program

The cost of managing waste streams – including water, waste rock and tailings – to reduce the environmental impact of mining is a present and future threat to the sector’s viability and social license to operate. Critical compliance, avoidance and mitigation measures help address these impacts but drive up capital and operating costs and closure liabilities for both industry and government.

NRC’s Environmental Advances in Mining (EAM) program targets these sustainability challenges by developing, demonstrating and validating solutions to problems that drive costs and liabilities of hard rock mining. By engaging the supply chain in the innovation ecosystem we help increase the market share of Canada’s mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector. This means a stronger economy, more jobs and a cleaner environment for Canadians.

Collaborate with us

The massive scale, cost and complexity of mining – from exploration to operations to closure – make the development and introduction of new environmental technologies both risky and expensive.

NRC’s multi-year R&D approach connects technology developers, suppliers, integrators and producers in collaborative projects defined with a deeper understanding of end-user requirements, challenges and pathways toward commercialization. Involving the entire supply chain in technology conception and development leads to faster scale-up and adoption, reducing uncertainty and speeding up the environmental permitting process. This de-risks the process while giving all partners a meaningful stake in the benefits of innovation.


NRC engages clients on an individual basis and through multi partner collaboration models. Contact us to find out how we can work together to increase market share of Canadian METS and reduce capital and operational expenditures and liability costs.

Serge Delisle, Program Leader
Telephone: 514-496-3124
Email: Serge.delisle@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

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Targeted industries

Mining companies (hard rock), technology and service suppliers (materials, chemicals, process technology, diagnostics, sensors, analytical labs), original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), system integrators, consulting and engineering firms.


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