Our proceedures, policies and committments that ensure all our locations remain sustainable
There is no shying away from the fact that the global mining industry has its critics. For Norway, the oil and gas industries have no doubt had a big impact on the surrounding environment. That’s why our approach is different; we take pride in our considerate, responsible, modern mining techniques – all are sensitive to the surrounding environment, ecology and communities.
SDG GOAL 13Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
This SDG goal is at the core of all our operations in Norway. We understand there to be large, high-grade deposits of vanadium and phosphorus. On an international level, vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFB) will be the answer to storing vast quantities of renewable energy, as we leave our harmful carbon dependence behind. While natural phosphate fertilisers are the least environmentally harmful way to grow the sheer quantity of crops needed to feed our increasing global population.
SDG GOAL 15Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
On a local level, we pledge our commitment to the surrounding environment and ecosystems, as we carry out our investigations. We are aware of all the protected areas, species and cultural heritage near our sites, and will be in constant liaison with environmentalists as we continue our work. Thanks to aero-magnetic surveying and innovative mining techniques, any disruption to the land will be minimalized and we will be involved in renaturation programmes throughout our project.
Some of the minerals we are exploring will greatly contribute to a more sustainable global future. Vanadium has huge and exciting potential in efficient power storage for renewable energy and as a possible replacement to lithium-ion batteries in the future.
While phosphates have become an invaluable natural element in fertilisers, used to boost crop yield, they are considered key to future global food security.
With these important considerations in mind, both vanadium and phosphates are on the European Union’s Critical Raw Materials list.
Norge Mining understands there are a number of protected areas within our exploration licences and is fully investigating them. We are gathering as much information as possible on this, and will make sure any findings are at the forefront of our exploration and sourcing of minerals in Norway.
The Eptavatnet Nature Reserve is in the Eigersund Municipality in Rogaland County. It is an IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) 1a high status habitat. This categorisation is for areas that are strictly set aside to protect biodiversity. The reserve is valuable not only as a breeding ground and wintering site for wetland bird species, but also for songbirds. A short stretch of river joins the flat wetlands of the upper and lower Epta lake, that is dominated by riparian grass and floating leaf communities.
As well as protected areas, Norge Mining understands there are species of conservation concern within the licence areas. The welfare of these species will be given huge importance.
NORWEGIAN BIODIVERSITY INFORMATION CENTRE: SPECIES OF CONSERVATION CONCERN
Areas of cultural heritage will also be included in the planning and development processes at local, regional and national levels. Norge Mining will adhere to the protection of any cultural environments included in Norway’s Planning and Building Act and Nature Diversity Act.
TERLAND KLOPP BRIDGE
A 60-metre-long stone slab bridge from the early 19th century with 21 water runs.
MYSINGHALA WORLD WAR II CAVE
A base for the Vestige IV resistance ‘gang’ that was never discovered by the Germans.