China’s category seven ban on imports of scrap copper has been finalised, throwing investors into a spin as up to 500,000t of copper equivalent could be removed from the market. Copper has been a powerful asset for China, as the world’s biggest importer by 45%, as the country earned its position as a an electronics superpower. So what could this ban mean for the copper market and how disruptive are scrappage schemes? We take a look.
In other regions, we assess what Peru’s new president has in store for the hard push on sustainable mining operations, we ask what’s been done to remediate Samarco mine damage in Brazil three years ago, and uncover the allure of Welsh gold, as opportunistic panners pop up across Wales.
And in technology, we speak to Canadian mining company MGX about the potential of three new leaches methods which may be able to improve sustainability, and hear about Rio Tinto’s plans to double down on autonomous drilling systems.
Ross Davies, Molly Lempriere, Heidi Vella
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