Just energy transition emphasis at Mining Indaba

Mining Indaba aims to initiate the conversations on leading positive disruption that would revolutionise the present, and the future of the industry. (Image source: Mining Indaba)

With the global energy transition driving growth in the demand for critical metals, attendees at Investing in African Mining Indaba, running from 5-8 February at the in Cape Town, South Africa, will be asked to consider how Africa can take advantage of the energy transition to ensure a cleaner energy future

While such a topic will colour many of the discussions taking place at the CTICC in Cape Town under the show’s theme ‘Embracing the power of positive disruption: A bold new future for African mining’, it will come under particular focus a the show’s Sustainability Series. Here, a dedicated session titled ‘The energy transition: What does it mean to be just?’ will bring panellists together to explore the clean energy future and consider responsible sourcing and sustained, ethical supplies of critical minerals needed. 

Jayne Mammatt, Deloitte partner - sustainability, climate change and equity, will moderate the session and lead a formidable lineup of participants including Responsible Minerals Initiative, senior director, impact, innovation and credibility, Faviana Di Lorenzo; Newmont senior director, environmental affairs-Africa business unit, Paul Sowley; Seriti Green Development South Africa CEO, Peter Venn; The Particle Group & Women in Mining South Africa CEO and chairperson, Raksha Naidoo; and Standard Bank South Africa head of sustainable finance, Sasha Cook. 

The speakers will discuss how the continent can power the production of transition minerals while also ensuring justice for employees affected through local content partnerships and the distribution of mining benefits. 

“Our sustainability programme – now called the Sustainability Series – has been extended to two days,” explained Investing in Mining Indaba head of content, Laura Cornish. “This is our response to the industry’s need to talk about sustainability at length. It is a driving factor for the mining industry and forms one of the most important programmes we offer in 2024. Our priority for this year is for our panellists to start engaging on real challenges in mining to find solutions – in other words, showcasing how they are disruptive in the industry so that other stakeholders can feel inspired and connected with these messages.”

Other key sessions taking place across the conference around this topic include ‘The silent ‘C’ – Communities! Are they truly part of the net-zero mining discussion?’ and ‘How can African mineral producers participate in the U.S. clean energy supply chains?’ 

Learn more about these sessions, and the range of other content available in Cape Town at: https://miningindaba.com/home