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Innovations in Sustainability: Honouring the value in the ground

Posted on May 7th, 2021 in BLOG, Speaker Interviews

In just a few weeks Austmine 2021: Harnessing Intelligence Mining Innovation Conference & Exhibition will welcome a host of guests from the mining industry, along with an impressive line-up of guest speakers.

Amongst the industry leaders attending and speaking at the conference is Lynas Rare Earths (Lynas) CEO and Managing Director Amanda Lacaze, set to address Embracing Sustainability.

 As the second largest producer of Rare Earths materials, which are essential to modern day and green technologies, Ms Lacaze has grown Lynas as an environmentally responsible producer from the ground up in her seven years spearheading the organisation.

Ms Lacaze said sustainability was a hot topic of late, with conversations relating to green technologies and our impact on the planet really at the fore.

“It’s important for our industry to have these discussions, and to work together to identify where we can to improve and enhance the way we approach sustainability every day, and how we can look to the future to innovate and improve,” Ms Lacaze said.

“We have a valuable gift of nature, here in Australia and we are determined to honour this gift.

Ms Lacaze said off the back of the global pandemic, the mining industry, including the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector, was essential to economic recovery.

“COVID-19 has had an impact on all of us, but as an industry we are resilient and innovative, and we have adapted, improved and innovated as a result.

“At Lynas, innovation and continuous improvement are core pillars of our business. We are actively committed to inhouse research and innovation for new product development.

“COVID-19 has seen us take an accelerated step in improving our communications mechanisms to ensure business connectivity.

“And of course, health and safety is always at the heart of what we do. Recent innovations have allowed us to really hone in on this, through new technologies, such as track and trace.

“I believe one of the other opportunities highlighted by the pandemic is the long-needed conversation regarding international logistics and supply chains.

“This has always been a challenge, but recent geopolitical impacts have put it high on the priority list for businesses and governments around the world and governments and business are starting to have  serious conversations about supply chain management.”

On being an early adopter of innovations, Ms Lacaze said her approach was always “leading edge, not bleeding edge.”

“But you can’t get it right 100 per cent of the time. If you punish failure you won’t have a mindset of innovation. It’s about growing and adapting from the learnings along the way.”

“I look forward to discussing innovations in sustainability at the conference later this month.”

Ms Lacaze will be speaking at the Austmine 2021: Harnessing Intelligence Mining Innovation Conference and Exhibition which will take place from 25 – 27 May 2021 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The Austmine Conference is the leading, global mining innovation conference and exhibition. Held every two years, the event features more than 50 mining innovation and technology experts across a two-day conference program and interactive pre-conference workshops. The event is underpinned by a series of standout educational and networking opportunities, including a trade exhibition featuring live demonstrations, the collaborative Ideas Exchange, Meet the Miners and the social highlight, the Austmine Industry Leaders’ Dinner and Awards.

To secure your spot at the conference, or for more information visit: www.austmineconference.com.au.

For further information contact:

Gina Calder, BBS Communications Group, 0424 260 796