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The Climate-Smart Mining Facility Launching Conference

Preliminary Briefing Note

CLIMATE-SMART MINING FACILITY LAUNCHING CONFERENCE

Minerals for Climate Action
Preston Auditorium; Wednesday, 1 May 2019; 09:00 AM – 05:30 PM

A panel discussion took place at the launching conference “Minerals for Climate Action,” hosted and organized by the World Bank’s Energy & Extractives Global Practice in Washington, DC.

The Climate-Smart Mining Facility is the first-ever Facility dedicated to making mining climate-smart and sustainable, bringing together governments, industry, financial institutions as well as private investors.

The event gathered an audience of CEOs, NGOs, government, academia as well as private and public-sector representatives. In addition, a wide range of industries and governments stakeholders were represented, such as automotive, battery manufacturers, financial institutions, government donors, energy companies, mining industry and World Bank clients.

Panel Key Points

In fact, the session was an interactive debate and discussion between leading experts on what climate-smart mining should look like and how a range of actors can make mining as sustainable as possible.

Objectives of the session included:
• Discussing how to leverage innovation in order to reduce the carbon and material footprints of increased extractive and processing activity to supply the clean energy transition
• Exploring the role of innovation to secure supply for strategic minerals as well as create new market opportunities for mineral-rich developing countries.

Innovation may refer to:
o Developing new technology in the mining sector in order to reduce environmental impacts;
o New partnerships between upstream and downstream companies in order to mobilize private capital for development;
• Determining how the public and private sectors can work together to drive innovation throughout the mineral supply

Rob Lydan, CEO & Managing Director, Phoventus, a participant at The Climate-Smart Mining Facility Launching Conference

Rob Lydan is the CEO of Phoventus, a global consulting and engineering firm with offices in Toronto and New York. In addition, During his career, Rob spent more than 25 years building and leading diverse engineering teams. Rob is the recipient of multiple awards, patents and nominations for recognized innovation and engineering design. Also, Rob is a graduate of mechanical engineering technology from George Brown. Rob is a published author of a variety of thought leadership articles rela

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