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Mine closure

Planned mine closures are expected to increase around the world over the next decade, offering a unique opportunity to improve closure-related performance.

Mine closure has become one of the most challenging issues facing mining companies, communities and governments around the world. For mining companies, there may be safety, environmental and social risks, and significant financial provision will be required to manage and address these risks. How well these closures are handled has the potential to influence global debates on the costs and benefits of mining.

The industry has a responsibility to leave a sustainable environmental and social legacy after a mine has closed. Planning, designing and implementing closure in consultation with relevant stakeholders to address environmental and social aspects, while making sufficient financial provision to address these, is required in order to achieve this. ICMM is working with its members and other stakeholders to address closure challenges by continuing to share good practice and guidance to improve performance around closure.

Focus areas

Plan for closure

ICMM members commit to realise agreed closure and post-closure commitments through planning, designing for and implementing closure in consultation with others.

ICMM's Mining Principles

Supporting global goals