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Mrs Shanuka Palamure

Overview of thesis

An Investigation of Energy Efficiency and Related Carbon Emissions across Different Scales of Iron Ore Mining Operations in Australia

This study aims to calculate the energy efficiency and carbon emissions for iron ore mining across different scales of operation.  It will also identify the major scales of mining operations based on differences in energy efficiency and emissions as opposed to just production outputs.

The project will also identify those process steps which can be improved based upon energy efficiency through effective energy management. The outcomes of this study have the potential to provide benefit to the mining industry by identifying areas where cost saving as a result of reduction in energy consumption could be considered and implemented. The project will also identify the most energy efficient scales of production which could inform both the environmental and economic performance of iron ore mining operations.


  • BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka

Other Qualifications

  • Cleaner Production Consultant
  • ISO14001 Consultant
  • ISO50001 Consultant and Internal Auditor


Research Interests

  • Resource efficiency and Cleaner Production
  • Sustainability
  • Life Cycle Assessment

Other work

  • Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production Consultant – National Cleaner Production Centre, Sri Lanka. Feb, 2012 – Feb, 2014

Scholarships and Awards

  • ECU International Postgraduate Research Scholarship

Recent Publications

Conference Publications/ Presentations

  • Optimizing Price of Borehole Wells in the Hardrock Aquifers in Sri Lanka: A Hydrogeological Approach – 4th International Symposium organized by Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka


Prof. William Stock


Mrs Shanuka Palamure
Masters by Research Student
Centre for Ecosystem Management
School of Science

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