Survey shows social license, future of workforce, carbon footprint are more pressing than costs, political instability A remote operator references his tablet at Hecla Mining’s Greens Creek silver mine in Southeast Alaska. Digital and data optimization ranked third on EY Global Mining and Metals’ annual risk radar for mining and metals. As the year winds down, mineral industry evaluations for 2019 are being published at a rapid rate. One of the most interesting such global reviews is EY Global Mining and Metals’ annual “risk radar” for mining and metals, outlining what mining companies perceive as the top ten risks facing them in the near future. This publication stated that, for the second straight year, “social license to operate” remains the number one risk facing mining companies in 2020. This was followed by “future of the workforce”, “digital and data optimization”, “reducing carbon footprint” and “high impact risks” rounding out the top five. As in recent years, the risks perceived are trending away from traditional risk arenas, such as cost of operations (No. 10 this year), politica...