For Mining CEOs, Pressure To Cut Carbon Footprint 'Growing Every Day'

More of the world's major miners will inevitably begin taking responsibility for the greenhouse emissions produced by their customers including steelmakers and power stations that burn the resources they extract, the latest survey of global mining bosses has found.

Many of the 150 mining industry chief executives surveyed by Ernst & Young identified carbon footprint reduction as among their businesses' top emerging risks, alongside maintaining their "social licence" to operate in the face of ever-growing environmental and societal expectations.

Releasing the survey's results on Thursday, Ernst & Young determined that more miners would eventually follow the example recently set by Anglo-Australian mining group BHP, which has become the world's first to pledge to establish public goals to tackle not only its own emissions but emissions generated beyond its mine gates.