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Post-Conference Workshop | WS06   View all workshops

Life Cycle Assessment to Explore for Low Carbon Mines

Date: August 30, 2023

Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Location: Hilton London Metropole | London, United Kingdom

Presenter: Robert Pell

Attendee Maximum: 30

20% of spaces are reserved for students and offered at a discounted rate.



Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) has become the standard tool to quantify environmental impacts of production, manufacturing, and indeed the whole cycle of use and re-use of products and materials. It can be applied not only to working mines but is a powerful tool during exploration from about pre-feasibility stage onwards to determine the impacts of the proposed mine, and thus identify the main challenges and actions that will reduce the future impacts. The course will introduce the LCA technique to exploration geologists and illustrate its use with case studies.

The workshop will provide an overview of the importance of the Life Cycle Assessment and the LCA process. Participants will be guided through the methodology and tools employed during LCA, with focus on data collection, inventory analysis, and impact assessments and then compare MineLCA and other relevant tools. Using LCA during the different phases of project development to inform decision making will be considered from early exploration through to scoping and prefeasibility studies, as well as geometallurgy and MineLCA. Emphasis will be on how to interpret the outcome of LCA to guide decision-making in the project lifespan.

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About the Presenter


Robert Pell


Robert is the Founder and CEO of Minviro. Minviro is a UK-based consultancy and technology company that provides solutions using life cycle assessment for raw materials, technologies, and recycling sectors. Prior to Minviro, Dr. Pell completed a Ph.D. at the University of Exeter (Camborne School of Mines), with a year at Tsinghua University. Dr. Pell has published a number of academic papers on applying life cycle assessment for rare earth elements and other technology metals.

Schedule (Preliminary)

Wednesday, August 30

  • 9:00am - 9:30am: Introduction to life cycle assessment
    • What is life cycle assessment (LCA)?
    • Why is LCA important?
    • Overview of the LCA process
  • 9:30am - 10:15am: Methods and tools for LCA
    • Data collection and inventory analysis
    • Impact assessment
    • Interpretation of results
    • MineLCA and other LCA tools
  • 10:15am - 10:45am: Coffee break
  • 10:45am - 11:30am: Using LCA during exploration
    • Identifying potential environmental impacts during exploration
    • Using LCA to inform decision-making
  • 11:30am - 12:30pm: Integration of LCA in scoping and prefeasibility studies
    • Incorporating LCA into project planning
    • Assessing the environmental impacts of different project options
  • 12:30pm - 1:30pm: Lunch break
  • 1:30pm - 2:30pm: Geometallurgy and LCA
    • The relationship between geometallurgy and LCA
    • Case study: Using geometallurgy to inform LCA in a mining project
  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm: Geometallurgy and LCA
  • 3:30pm - 4:00pm: Coffee break
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm: Wrapping up and next steps
    • Summary of key takeaways
    • Q&A session
    • Next steps for implementing LCA in your organization


Early Deadline: June 30, 2023
Regular Deadline: August 11, 2023

  Early Regular
SEG Professional Member US$495 US$495
SEG Student Member US$145 US$145
Non-member US$595 US$595
All prices are in United States dollars (USD). SEG reserves the right to cancel this event should minimum attendance numbers not be met by June 30, 2023. All registrants will be given a full refund should SEG cancel the course. Cancellation policy, event photography, dietary restrictions, and more are detailed in the SEG Conference terms and conditions.