By Kwabia Owusu-Mensah, GNA
Kumasi, Sept. 14, GNA – Mr Eric Asubonteng, President of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, has urged mining companies to strive to integrate their business process with sustainable environmental management.
He said operational efficiency of mines would amount to nothing, if business processes were not integrated with sustainable practices that focused on the strict adherence to environmental and social regulations and guidelines.
Mr. Asubonteng made the call at the opening of the maiden environmental, technical and social affairs conference of the Ghana Chamber of Mines in Kumasi.
The conference, which was on the theme “a responsible and sustainable mining industry; a partner for national development” formed part of activities marking the 90th anniversary celebrations of the Chamber.
Mr. Asubonteng pointed out that, though profit was the core of mining operations, people and environmental sustainability could not be wished away in the mining industry and responsible mining, could not be considered as an after-thought, adding that, health and safety was also crucial in their operations.
He said mining could only continue to play its role as a catalyst for national development if the players in the industry strengthened their systems and practised to make the desired impact on society.
Professor Chris Gordon of the Institute for Environmental and Sanitation Studies, University of Ghana, stressed the need for mining companies to generate effective environmental management plans to achieve a responsible mining.
He urged mining companies to be proactive rather than reactive when maintaining the integrity of the environment.
Mr Suleman Koney, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, said the industry could not wished innovation and technology away in their operations.
It was therefore the responsibility of the technical committee to ensure that the Chamber and its affiliate members were up to the speed in their adoption and application of innovation and technology in their operations.