Successful Integration of Circular Economy Concepts for the Extractive Industry

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    Abstract

    This chapter delves into the area of transversal skill development within the engineering domain, with a specific focus on the Extractive Mining Industry. It commences by underlining the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), notably focusing on SDG12, Responsible Consumption and Production. The chapter elucidates the pivotal role SDG12 plays in fostering sustainable consumption and production patterns, offering a contextual backdrop to the subsequent exploration of transversal skills within the extractive sector. A pivotal theme within the context of this chapter is the profound impact of the extractive industry on the environment. Recognising the imperative to address environmental concerns, the chapter introduces the principles of the Circular Economy as a strategic avenue for instilling sustainability within the industry. It ventures into the conceptual landscape of circular economy principles and their potential applications in mitigating environmental impact, thereby paving the way for a more sustainable extractive sector. Central to the discourse is the integration of circular economy concepts into the extractive industry, emphasising the transformative potential it holds. The narrative underscores the need for a paradigm shift in industry practices, advocating for a holistic approach that not only meets current demands but also ensures the preservation of resources for future generations. Moving beyond environmental considerations, the chapter critically examines the concept of competence and its symbiotic relationship with transversal skills. Providing a solid theoretical foundation, it delineates the intrinsic value of cultivating competence profiles within the extractive industry. By elucidating the nexus between competence and transversal skills, the chapter advocates for a comprehensive approach to professional development that transcends traditional skill sets. In a culminating synthesis, the chapter presents a purpose-designed competence profile tailored to the extractive industry. This profile encapsulates the transversal skills imperative for professionals to navigate the dynamic landscape of the sector successfully. Through this multifaceted exploration, readers are equipped with a nuanced and comprehensive understanding of the fundamental components essential for cultivating transversal skills indispensable for success in the extractive industry. The chapter serves as a leading light for industry practitioners, educators, and policymakers alike, propelling them towards a future where sustainable practices and transversal skills converge for a resilient and competitive extractive sector.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCircular Economy on Energy and Natural Resources Industries
    Subtitle of host publicationNew Processes and Applications to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Materials and Decrease Greenhouse Gases Emissions
    EditorsPedro Mora, F. Gabriel Acien Fernandez
    PublisherSpringer
    Chapter14
    Pages253-267
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-56284-6
    ISBN (Print)978-3-031-56283-9
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2024

    Publication series

    NameSustainable Development Goal Series
    PublisherSpringer Nature
    ISSN (Print)2523-3084
    ISSN (Electronic)2523-3092

    Keywords

    • Circular Economy
    • Extractive Industry

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