One of the most critical global issues of our time is climate change, and reducing its impacts requires a redesign of all sectors, particularly the industrial sector, to comply with the Paris Agreement and other international frameworks. The mining sector, being one of these industries, plays a significant role in decarbonizing the global economy and transitioning to clean energy. However, it also triggers the climate crisis by generating emissions throughout its production cycle, negatively impacting human and environmental health.
With Border Carbon Adjustment and Sustainability Reporting Standards, mining operations are now obligated to provide information about climate-related risks and opportunities. The use of continuous monitoring systems is a critical process for identifying and assessing the environmental impacts of this sector.
Challenges in the mining sector related to air quality management
- Dust emissions make up a large part of the air pollution problem in mine sites —The dust generated by the industry, both in the extraction of raw materials and in the production processes, harms employees, locals living in the surroundings, and the environment in general
- High risk of occupational disease —Occupational diseases caused by being exposed to harmful pollutants in sectors such as mining are more common than others
- High cost of air quality measurement tools —Air quality measuring stations standardized by the EU (and similar bodies) are expensive to purchase and operate. In addition, stations are not designed to measure continuously without any intervention and broadcast data to the cloud in real time. Therefore, upgrading legacy equipment with the configuration above leads to increased operating costs.
- A high share of the sector in global emissions —Within the scope of harmonization of the industry with the Paris Agreement, it is necessary to reduce or even not produce greenhouse gases in the mining sector production cycle
Airqoon is a low-cost and easy-to-use hyper-local air pollution management solution that provides real-time, data-driven, actionable environmental intelligence to companies in the mining industry.
- Airqoon sensor units are backed with airqoon cloud, and their compact size allows real-time air quality monitoring at every production stage.
- Analyzing real-time and historical measurement data, Airqoon prepares monthly and annual air quality performance reports.
- The cloud-based Airqoon sensor units are energy self-sufficient and are managed remotely with minimum intervention for maintenance.
- With the help of continuous monitoring, environmental and occupational health risks are analyzed using high-resolution Spatio-temporal data.