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Sustainable mining activity

sustainable mining activity

The mining industry plays a key role as an engine of growth all over the world. In developing countries, in particular, the increasing number of mining communities creates rapidly evolving markets. Kuopio Innovation Ltd and the Savonia University of Applied Sciences have initiated a business partner network for developing markets aimed at companies in North Savo ("Value Networks for Sustainable Mining 2015–2018"), which will provide services for companies in developing markets, especially in Africa. The project will build a business partner network supporting sustainable mining that will promote the internationalisation and export activity of local SMEs in developing markets.

The network will establish value chains based on the principles of sustainable mining, enabling the development of service business activity that combines know-how and technology export into a new whole. Groups of companies will together create complete solutions whose cross-cutting themes are sustainable development, digitalisation, training and occupational health and safety.

The network will be connected to the value networks of mining communities in developing markets by building business partnerships with local companies through co-creation. The project is based on the view that sustainable development and responsibility are factors that enhance competitiveness. The project is helping companies build competitiveness from expertise in sustainable development and responsible practices and its application to sustainable mining. The network's targets include countries in Southern Africa, such as Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique and South Africa. Zambia is the main focus because Kuopio Innovation and Savonia laid the groundwork for cooperation there in 2013–2015, in the Copper Belt, which is one of the largest mining areas in the world.


Jyri Wuorisalo
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Project Details:

  • The goal is to create a business partner network for developing markets that will create competitiveness from sustainable mining. The project's services will facilitate the  internationalisation and export activity of SMEs in developing markets, fragile states and crisis areas.
  • The project, "Value Networks for Sustainable Mining", is financed by the European Regional Development Fund, the Regional Council of Northern Savo and the City of Kuopio.
  • Project duration: 1 September 2015–31 August 2018
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Savonia UAS

Savonia is one of Finland's biggest and most versatile universities of applied sciences. Our campuses are situated in Kuopio, Iisalmi and Varkaus. There are almost 6000 students and 600 employees at Savonia. In education we implement Open Innovation Space (OIS), where we combine learning, development, research, and teaching.