The March edition of Business 21C, the business magazine produced by the University of Technology, Sydney, has featured recent work by researchers at the Institute for Sustainable Futures and Monash University. This article provides a broad overview of the issues and implications of peak minerals for Australia

In a world with growing resource demands and water and carbon constraints, Australia must rethink how it can deliver long term benefit from its mineral resources.

Will the future be underpinned by simply expanding production, based on the philosophy of dig-and-sell? What opportunities arise if we focus on a transition to delivering ‘metal services’ within a more sustainable economy? What extraction and recycling technologies would feature in this scenario? How will business models change?