|About this Abstract
||2020 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
||PbZn 2020: The 9th International Symposium on Lead and Zinc Processing
||Our common future in metallurgy
||Maurits Van Camp, Elien Haccuria, Tom Hennebel, Christina Elizabeth Meskers
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
||Maurits Van Camp
The world is fast transitioning to a sustainable way of living and working to overcome the current societal challenges. This common future is articulated by the UN Sustainable Development Goals. SDGs will pull the metallurgical industry forward, making it an integral participant in the common future.
Lead-zinc primary extraction continues to be a key source of technology metals and lead-zinc metallurgy is enabling the circular economy of a wide range of metals and products. Both mining and metallurgy are essential in realizing the SDGs, although challenges lie ahead.
First, the license to operate mines and plants and the license to sell products is provided by society at large. Society will only do so if it considers the lead-zinc industry part of the common future.
Second, an industry-wide transition to the innovation economy implies a shared vision on education, research, technology and innovation that includes Industry 4.0 concepts, methods and tools.