Extractive IndustriesDisplaying results 1 - 10 of 19
Hydraulic fracturing? - not so fast, says new review of pros and cons
24 May 2018
Fracking remains controversial, but a dispassionate review of the pluses and minuses of shale gas extraction can shed light on pressing energy needs.
Benchmarking is a powerful tool to make mining responsible
25 Apr 2018
The initiator of the new Responsible Mining Index says he hopes it will fuel change by showcasing the best-in-class and spotlighting those that need to raise their game.
Cleaner gas could bridge transition to greener energy, experts say
24 Apr 2018
Though unpopular, fossil fuels will remain necessary for decades, experts say at UNCTAD's Global Commodities Forum. The energy transition must therefore include the less dirty alternative of natural gas.
Iron ore industry makes comeback in 2016, says UNCTAD report
31 Jul 2017
The 2017 issue of the report provides key information on supply and demand for iron ore, industry costs, global trade in 2016, as well as expectations in 2017. The report also includes information on the leading producers and profiles of the most important supplier and consumer regions.
More policy attention needed on artisanal mining
1 Nov 2016
Artisanal and small-scale mining offers opportunities to generate jobs, reduce poverty, and provide livelihoods, but this sector has been largely ignored by policy-makers and donors, an UNCTAD official said. In addition, poor management of this sector contributes to serious health and environmental risks, said Yanchun Zhang from UNCTAD's Special Unit on Commodities.
Miners seek win-win solutions for sustainable development
25 Oct 2016
Extracting heavy minerals such as zircon, rutile and ilmenite from Senegal's coastal dunes is heavy work - these valuable substances represent only 2% of mined material while the rest is sand.
Database on Iron Ore Statistics Launched
1 Mar 2016
As a supplement to the yearly Iron Ore Market Report, the Database provides comprehensive and up-to-date statistical data on developments in the world market for iron ore. The Database will be updated regularly by the UNCTAD Trust Fund on Iron Ore Information.
Demand for iron ore levelled off in 2015, reflecting weak growth in world steel production
17 Feb 2016
A continuing increase in supply combined with a slump in demand made 2015 a challenging year for the iron ore market, a new UNCTAD report reveals.
Strengthening the capacity of the Economic Community for Central African States to enhance development linkages from the extractive sector
12 Feb 2016
The ten member States of Economic Community of Central Africa States (ECCAS) are endowed with large reserves of fuel and mineral resources 30 percent of Africa's crude oil. With the right policies and institutional capacity in place, the exploitation of these mineral resources could generate substantial government revenues, create jobs and ultimately contribute to economic growth and development. However, available data reveals that the commodity price boom that preceded the recent bust has had a negligible impact on social development in the region.