Providing objective, clear and transparent information on the efforts and investments of a great number of mining companies is of vital importance for communities, public entities and society in general to know about and share these efforts.
22480:2015 and UNE
22470:2015 allow for the systematic monitoring and control of sustainability indicators, complemented with provisions of the main globally-recognised benchmark documents, in order to properly establish continual improvement objectives, based on objective information resulting in more satisfactory results than indicators from previous years.
The regulations are especially applicable to the activities of exploration, research, extraction in the strict sense of the word, mineral preparation and exploitation, the use of waste generated by mining and activities derived from mining (rehabilitation, recovery, conditioning and maintenance of infrastructures, deposits or sites).
Additionally, the indicators structure can be applied to the mining of aggregate, metal, energy and even specific operations, such as ore stockpiles.
Due to being compatible and integrated with other management systems (ISO
18001), implementing these standards enables mining companies to integrate the concept of continuous improvement in the sustainability of projects and operations as part of their general management system. In addition, it helps mining companies to demonstrate their sustainability management performance to society and to build confidence in stakeholders.
Once the certification process has been passed, AENOR grants the AENOR Sustainable Mining Management Systems Certificate, as well as the user licence for the AENOR Sustainable Mining Management Mark.
AENOR Sustainable Mining Management MarkUNE
The SOINVAL and CEMEX companies obtained the first Sustainable Mining Management certificates for their aggregate quarries in Valencia and Menorca, respectively. To date, AENOR has awarded four Sustainable Mining Management System certificates in the Autonomous Communities of the Balearic Islands, Catalonia, the Basque Country, and Valencia.