The technological revolution in large-scale mining in the andean region

This work addresses the following SDGs:

March 2021

The mining sector in the Andean region is experiencing a technological revolution that has been accelerated by the pandemic, which is here to stay, and which brings with it opportunities and challenges. On the one hand, new technologies have the potential to increase productivity and competitiveness, reduce the environmental footprint and improve the monitoring / transparency of mining projects. On the other hand, some traditional jobs are at risk and the sector requires new job skills. Cooperation between the private and public sectors in the Andean region will be key to ensuring a technological transition that benefits countries, local communities, and companies.

The study “Technological revolution in large mining in the Andean Region” highlights the main obstacles and opportunities that facilitate the incorporation of these new solutions in the copper mining industry in Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and Chile, and outlines proposals for cooperation and public policies to achieve a successful transition.The document was developed by the Center for Copper and Mining Studies (Cesco), within the framework of the “New Tech, New Deal” project of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF), the Center for Columbia University Sustainable Investment (CCSI) and the Mining Shared Value Program.