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PECC International Project 2017-2018: Sustainable Development and Circular Economy - Seminar 1: Natural resources industry - Mining, forestry, oil & gas

From September 20, 2017 until September 23, 2017
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PECC International Project 2017 - 2018


Sustainable Development and Circular Economy


Seminar One: Natural Resource Industries: Mining, Forestry, Oil and Gas


September 20 - 23, 2017

Bozeman, MT, USA






Wednesday, September 20, 2017

 First Conference Site Visit: Exploring Sustainability and Mining Industries

 0930 - 1200

Site Visit / Tour of Butte Mines and Berkeley Pit

Natural Resources and Sustainable Mining Practices - Successes and Challenges

The City of Butte was once known as the "Richest Hill on Earth" with its rich deposits of rich minerals and metals, especially copper. The city has since lost much of its economic luster and has been troubled by environmental challenges, including the formation of te Berkeley Pit as a result of flooding closed mines. Today, the pit and surrounding areas are one of the largest Superfund sites in the United States.

1215 - 1400


  • Presentation and Discussion: Advancements in Technology, Mining and Sustainability

  • Luncheon address: Monitoring, Managing and Cleaning Up Mining Waste Water: Innovation and Business Opportunities

  • Q&A about Mining and Sustainability

1815 - 2030

Opening Dinner

  • Welcome Address

  • Dinner Address: Advancements in Forest Products: Cross Laminated Timbre


Thursday, September 21, 2017 

0935 - 0940

Opening Remarks

0945 - 1100

Session 1: Natural Resource Sector Overview

  • Economic status and outlook for specific natural resource industries

  • What are some of the specific circular economy methods applied by business in natural resource utilization?

  • Example companies that contribute to and participate in circular economic practices (e.g. review of 100 commitments made by companies from 18 manufacturing and service sectors: A French Case)

0945 - 0950


0950 - 1005

What is the Circular Economy: Concept and Practice

1005 - 1020

Sustainable Development and International Trade: Natural resource industries

1020 - 1035

A review of commitments made by European companies on circular economy - Association Française des Entreprises Privées (AFEP), French Ministryof Environment

1035 - 1100

Q&A: Open discussion

1100 - 1115

Coffee Break / Group Photo

1115 - 1240

Session 2: Mining and the Environment: Regulations and Corporate Responsibilities

  • Environmental regulations for mining operations - case studies of existing regulations from New Caledonia and the United States

  • What do we mean by responsible mining operations and is it achievable? Is a Mining Charter a possible solution? What are the criteria for mining license renewals and how do permitting, licensing and international law affect mining performance?

  • What is the relationship between a Circular Economy and the mining industry?

  • Land reclamation, remediation and restoration after mining operations have ended. How is potential liability and equality addressed? Do developing economies have the proper regulatory framework and legal power to enforce agreements?

  • Discussion of the regulatory perspective in the mining industry - examples from PECC economies

  • What is the cost-benefit analysis for environment and human end-users?

1115 - 1120


1120 - 1135

Responsible and sustainable mining, a review of international and local initiatives

1135 - 1150

Environmental impact of mining operations

1150 - 1205

Case study from the Pacific Islands: New Caledonia

1205 - 1220

Case study from Chinese Taipei

1220 - 1240

Q&A and Open Discussion

1240 - 1415

Networking Luncheon and Discussion:

  • Sustainability, Energy and Economic Development

1430 - 1545

Session 3: Responsible and Sustainable Forest Management

  • What are some examples of sustainable forestry and forest management best practices from the US and other PECC economies?

  • Are there any shared lessons to learn and apply given the fundamental differences in a tropical forest from a coniferous forest, or other forest - ecosystem types?

  • What role does genetic engineering play in forestry management and can enhanced engineering help accelerate carbon sequestration goals and objectives?

  • How are specific forests managed against competitive economic factors? What is the value of a forest stand, a forested landscape, or a regional forest in terms of economic and ecological services? Are these services properly priced?

  • What are the significant economic differences between forest utilization for subsistence and forest utilization for industrial growth and profit? What are the implications?

  • What is the value of managing a forest for biodiversity vs. managing a forest for board-free extraction sustainable? Can the two goals be achieved simultaneously?

  • Lessons learned from 120 years of multiple use public land forestry from the United States Forest Service - the Great Experiment in Forestry Conservation

1430 - 1435


1435 - 1450

Forestry Management: Regulations and Standards in the US and Globally: Comparative

1450 - 1505

Forestry Management in Southeast Asia: Case Study of Indonesia

1505 - 1520

Innovations in Forestry: BioFuels/CLT

1520 - 1545

Q&A and Open Discussion

1545 - 1600


1600 - 1730

Session 4: Nonconventional Energy Sources and Sectors

  • Are we moving toward a more or less stringent regulatory framework?

  • Are government subsidies helpful in promoting adoption of alternative energy sources?

  • Is the dichotomy between ecological integrity and economic growth false? If so, how do we explore more specific examples of successful integration? What models do we have?

1600 - 1605


1605 - 1620

Waste, Water and Innovation: Working toward a more efficient and sustainable management model of resources

1620 - 1640

Integrating Renewables and Natural Resource-based Energy: North American View

1640 - 1700

Integrating renewable energy and fossil fuel energy production

1700 - 1730

Q&A and Open Discussion

1730 - 1830

Networking Reception

1830 - 2030

Dinner and welcome address


Friday, September 22, 2017 

0900 - 1030

Session 5:  Oil, Gas & Coal Industry Exploration, Development and Sustainability Examples

  • An examination of hydrocarbon sequestration through hydrologic fracking technology and circular economic examples with water and off-gassing processes

  • The international implications for growth of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and global supply chain economics

  • How do oil and gas commodity prices affect economic development goals of PECC economies and can circular economic modes of activity be incentivized domestically and internationally?

  • Oil and gas industry has on-shore and off-shore upstream explorations, midstream infrastructure and processing, and downstream economic activities, which all have ecological impact.  What are specific examples where circular economic systems are being applied to address sustainability objectives at different stages?

0900 - 0905


0905 - 0920

Global overview of Oil and Gas Trends

0920 - 0935

Technological and Regulatory Innovation in Oil and Gas

0935 - 0950

Oil Sands or IGCC Technology

0920 - 1005

Research, Challenges and Opportunities to Reduce Carbon Emissions in O&G: Carbon Sequestration, EOR, Algae growth and other innovations

1005 - 1030

Q&A and Open Discussion

1030 - 1045

Coffee Break

1045 - 1200

Session 6: Industrial Revolution 4.0 and Natural Resource Industries

  • How will Industrial Revolution 4.0 change the ways in which we make and consume energy?

  • How are data science, digitalization and automation changing the ways in which we extract natural resources and how are they redefining jobs in the industry?

1045 - 1050


1050 - 1105

Innovations in Sensors, Drones and Energy Management

1105 - 1120

Big Data, GIS and Energy

1120 - 1135

Topic: TBD

1135 - 1200

Q&A and Open Discussion

1200 - 1345

Session 7:  The Future of Water

Networking Luncheon and Panel Discussion

  • Water conservation and management at the mining and oil and gas extraction sites

  • Innovation in Cleaning Up Water in major urban developments

  • The Importance of Creating Value for Water

1345 - 1515

Session 8: Social Acceptance, Education and Activism

  • What role does social acceptance play in environmental standards, regulation, enforcement, and government policy?  The Public Land debate in US – A case study

  • What are some of the negative downstream impacts on society from mining, oil-gas and unsustainable forestry? What role can the civil society play in reducing or mitigating these impacts?

  • A globally interconnected social medial network plays an increasing role in informing, shaping, and altering public opinion on specific industries. How are these networks currently being used and could they be used to facilitate a broader discussion from respective citizens about circular economic natural resource processes?  Do we need to be careful in how information is introduced and authenticated?

1345 - 1350


1350 - 1405

Management of the impact of mining on safety and the environment

1405 - 1420

People and social responsibility

1420 - 1435

International Cooperation and Leadership Networks: Managing the Global Forest and Sustainability

1435 - 1450

Topic: TBD

1450 - 1515

Q&A and Open Discussion

1515 - 1530

Coffee Break

1530 - 1645

Session 9: Conclusion – Policy Recommendations

  • How should companies and governments develop environmental regulatory frameworks for mining, forestry, and oil and gas production?  Company charters vs. national regulations?  Voluntary vs. involuntary? Do we modify existing policy frameworks or do we need to create new frameworks to effectively integrate circular economic systems, processes and technologies?

  • Are circular economies valid and useful for addressing sustainability vis-a-vis the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?  How do we scale up successful best practice models?  

  • How do environmental protection measures affect the economic activities related to natural resource utilization?

  • What are five best practices and examples of circular economic innovation from forestry, mining and oil and gas industries, and what is driving the adoption, utilization and acceptance of these best practices?  

  • What technologies should be examined to advance circular economic activity among the respective natural resource industries discussed?  What is driving the innovations in natural resource industries - profit, regulation, consumers, law, ethics, science or a combination of all factors?

1530 - 1630

Roundup of previous sessions

1630 - 1645

Closing Remarks

1800 - 1845

Networking Reception

1845 - 2100

Closing Dinner

  • Keynote Address

  • Closing Remarks


Saturday, September 23, 2017

0800 - 1930

Site Visit: Effective Forest Management, Economic Development and Sustainable Tourism

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Discussion Forum

The Linkage between Services and Manufacturing in the US economy
Sherry M. Stephenson, Senior Fellow, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development

 Digital DNA: Disruption and the Challenges for Global Governance
Peter F. Cowhey (University of California, San Diego), 
Jonathan D. Aronson (University of Southern California)

Growth in a Time of Change
Pamela Mar, Director of Sustainability, Fung Academy | Fung Group

Why Connectivity is a starting point for real change
Pamela Mar, Director of Sustainability, Fung Academy | Fung Group

The TPP lives on – and Canada should be part of it
Hugh Stephens, Vice-chair, CANCPEC

After the TPP: What’s Next for Canada in Asia?
Hugh Stephens, Vice-chair, CANCPEC