3.2 Buildings

While the energy used in mining buildings is typically only a small proportion of overall energy consumption, energy-efficiency initiatives implemented for buildings can provide a tangible example of the organisation’s commitment to reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

Improvement options are typically low cost and relatively straightforward. They include:

  • installing timers on air conditioning units and lights
  • using solar hot water systems
  • replacing incandescent and mercury vapour lights with LED technology
  • designing mining camp buildings to ensure good insulation and shading
  • installing water-efficient showerheads and other fittings to reduce demand for hot water and to reduce the energy required to pump water around a site.

As with other initiatives, it is important to combine technology changes with information and behavioural change initiatives.

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