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Created by Group G: Amanda Washington Brian Quinn Rachel Strittmatter Steven Santangelo Sydney Waclawik. General Background. The northern Chilean deserts contain great mineral wealth, especially copper This area dominates the country in terms of population and agricultural resources .
*All are operated in the northern or central part of chile
Administration plans to control regulated contaminators issued by the mining process
Efforts are being made to reduce the amount of liquid waste
Efforts are being made to minimize Codelco’s impact on the environment
Technological research is in the process of making a less harmful mining process
A program designed to work with the communities of its mining areas
Is in favor of the economic development of the neighboring populations
Promotes long term projects such as tourist programs, volunteer work, and involving the indigenous populations with the area
Creates solutions for enviornmental problems
“The mission of Codelco is to develop in a responsible and agile way, all of its capacity for the mining and related businesses, in order to maximize economic value and its contribution to the Chilean State in the long-term.” (http://www.codelco.com/english/desarrollo/fr_politica.html)
Has a high priority for both economic success and community success
Fosters competitiveness and a drive for success within the company
Develops ethical and responsible business practices
Respects all human rights and the dignities of all employees
Takes responsibility for all harmful environmental impacts on surrounding areas
The Process by which Copper is mined and purified:
The Process continued:
Since the environment has become an important issue over the past few decades, new engineering principles are needed to change the way which things were done in the past. In order for these changes to be made, for a sustainable development, the engineers must fully understand the materials that they are working with and the byproducts produced from manufacturing. For these reasons engineers need a solid background in the sciences to develop new technologies.
Copper has important properties for the development of societies:
High electrical and heat conductivity
Resistance to corrosion
It can also be recycled.
Copper´s high conductivity also makes possible a more efficient use of energy, thus adding not only to the quality of the products, but also to the ecological aim of burning less fossil fuel to prevent climatic change.
Its high conductivity will serve to transmit more efficiently the energy generated by alternative non polluting sources. It is also possible to foresee its use in environmentally friendly products, such as electrical vehicles.
DSL has allowed to increase copper wire capacity. The new system has made a strong entry to markets and its use as alternative connectivity will grow.
In the case of microprocessors, the manufacturers have already chosen copper as material to build new high speed models, thanks to its properties of electrical and thermal conductivity.
Many companies now focus on their corporate social responsibility, which is the view that they can help the community by being environmentally friendly or helping lower-class America.