Rueda announces the launch of the Galician Agenda for Sustainable Mining 2030


Galicia, which accounts for almost 10% of the state’s mining production, is a leader in materials such as slate, granite, quartz and ornamental rocks.

The President of the Xunta, Alfonso Rueda, has just announced today, after the weekly meeting of the Council, that the Galician Government is going to launch the Agenda for Sustainable Mining in Galicia 2030, a new tool as a roadmap that is agreed with the sector and seeks to “strengthen the competitiveness of the sector in a sustainable way” and turn mining into “a strategic ally of other key industries” in the Community.

Rueda stressed that the mining sector “cannot be left out of the ecological transition” that the entire industrial sector is undergoing, and for this reason, Galicia will launch this Agenda for the first time, which will be endowed with 32 million euros until 2024″. This roadmap, as the president explained, seeks to make the mining sector a strategic ally for the modernisation of the main industrial value chains, ensuring that the process of ecological and digital transition is supplied in a sustainable way with indigenous raw materials. In fact, the raw materials industry has “a key role” as a supplier of Galicia’s strategic sectors in which the aim is to move towards a new industrial model based on a decarbonised and digitalised economy.

At the same time, it will strengthen the competitiveness of the sector through a sustainable process of technological innovation and business growth that will generate wealth and employment.

THREE STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

To achieve its objectives, the agenda sets out three strategic objectives, nine lines of action and a total of 29 specific measures that respond to the needs of the sector in terms of digitisation, training and innovation. Thus, the three objectives are to achieve the modernisation and growth of the mining sector in Galicia in a sustainable way; the consolidation of human talent and social responsibility; as well as achieving environmental integration, the promotion of the circular economy and the enhancement of mining heritage.

With regard to the main lines of action, the aim is, firstly, to advance in the digitalisation of the mining administration in order to favour both processing and accessibility, as well as to promote digital work plans and the Galician Mining Administration Portal.

Secondly, the digitisation of companies and innovation will also be promoted. This will be done through economic incentives for SMEs in the field of technological modernisation and the improvement of industrial safety through 4.0 technologies; as well as the creation of an office for the collection, coordination and monitoring of European funds for research, innovation and modernisation.

The third axis focuses on improving the sustainability of the sector through economic incentives, and also on the search for funding to promote mining restoration and the implementation of tourism activities. This axis also includes the promotion of the mineral and thermal water sector and the promotion of sustainable mining management systems and the green economy.

Fourthly, it will focus on the valorisation of ecological resources by promoting the study, exploration and technical research of natural, geological and mining resources, as well as research into existing critical materials in Galicia and their potential. Economic valuation will be the fifth axis and foresees actions such as the creation of a permanent working group with strategic sectors or the creation of a portfolio of natural resources available in Galicia.

Measures to improve occupational health and safety will occupy a prominent place with incentives to promote technological projects that help to reduce accidents and for other aspects related to the prevention of occupational hazards.

INCORPORATION OF WOMEN AND YOUTH

Human capital is the main focus of the seventh axis, which is centred on improving training with new developments such as the introduction of new medium technical cycles in excavation and drilling of natural stone; equality through a plan for the training and access of women to the extractive industries sector; as well as the incorporation of young people.

The last two axes are focused on communication and dissemination through forums; and governance, with the creation of an executive committee for mining development, among other aspects.

With this agenda, as highlighted by Rueda, the Xunta seeks to support “a strategic sector such as mining” with an annual production of over 246 million euros – “almost 10% of the national mining production”, and of which “Galicia is the national leader in materials such as slate, granite, quartz and ornamental rocks”. In addition, the various measures also aim to reinforce its social value, as it is a sector in which SMEs and families have a major role and a multiplier effect on the economy and employment in rural areas, contributing to the fixation of the population.

Source: Newspaper O Sil – 10/27/2022