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Demand for natural resources like minerals, oil and gas continues to grow — but at what cost to the planet that sustains us? 


Our global economy is fueled by natural resources extracted from the Earth, but removing them can cause erosion, pollution, deforestation and species loss. As development increasingly encroaches on formerly pristine areas, we must find ways to work in harmony with nature.


Why are energy and mining important?

Resources to build

Aluminium. Iron. Gold. Lead. If it can’t be grown or made, it was probably mined. These materials are used in almost everything — from buildings and cars to cell phones and laptops — yet most of the world’s store of metals and minerals remains undiscovered.

Energy to fuel growth

As the world’s population continues to grow, demand for sources of energy continues to rise. Global energy consumption is expected to increase 56% from 2010 to 2040, and more than 85% of the increase will come from developing nations.

Jobs and prosperity

The mining, oil and gas industries are leading engines of job creation and economic growth — particularly in developing countries — as well as a large source of revenue for many governments.

 

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Mining practices release greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide into our atmosphere. And we burn fuel in order to power our vehicles and heat our buildings. All told, more than 60% of total global greenhouse gas emissions come from the energy sector.

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Mining activities, especially those using open-pit mining techniques, and oil and gas development projects often require clearing large areas of land — with significant loss of plant and animal habitat as result. In China, coal mining has degraded an estimated 3.2 million hectares (7.9 million acres), with only about 10% of that land being restored.

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Industrial mining uses large amounts of water — and that’s only expected to increase in the coming decades. In the U.S., where some parts of the country are facing a historic drought, an estimated 4 million gallons of water per day are withdrawn for mining purposes.
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CI works to develop tools, practices and guidance to address key challenges associated with the mining and energy sectors.

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