MSc (Eng) Project title Developing minerals beneficiation flowsheets for eco-efficiency: A systems approach
(Supervisors: Prof H von Blottnitz, Dr J Broadhurst) Graduated: 2010
This project was aimed at assessing the strengths and limitations of eco-efficiency indicators as performance metrics in guiding environmentally sustainable decision making during minerals process design. Results confirmed that the meaningful application of eco-efficiency indicators is strongly dependent on the decision context in which the process data is generated.
Results also showed that eco-efficiency indicators can be related to technical process design parameters to allow for richer communication of performance information for various decision trade-offs; however, in some cases, graphical approaches that provide more insights into the environmental-financial trade-offs should be preferred. The research has contributed to guiding the selection of the appropriate tools for more environmentally sustainable design of minerals beneficiation processes.
Guma M. 2010. Developing minerals beneficiation flowsheets for eco-efficiency: A systems approach ...
Peer-reviewed conference proceedings
Guma, M., Von Blottnitz, H. and Broadhurst, J.L. (2009), “A systems approach for the application of eco-efficiency indicators for process design in the minerals industry”, Sustainable Development Indicators in the Minerals Industry Conference (SDIMI 2009), Gold Coast, Australia, 6-8 July 2009, pp 301-311.