Our fundamental business philosophy – the “BABY STEPS” principle – is at the forefront of our environmental program.
By taking “BABY STEPS”, Neptune Minerals is committed to a precautionary approach in everything we do, including our environmental program, seafloor exploration and mining.
Such an approach is an incremental one, whereby the impacts of the technology and methods we use can be determined at pre-mining scales, and without risking compromise to ecosystem integrity. Through the use of scientific research and best available technology, Neptune Minerals aims to adapt our processes towards attaining sufficient knowledge of the ecosystems and implementing measures to protect the biodiversity of deep sea communities during exploration and mining.
Environmental observations and data collection are an integral part of our exploration programs. Our science teams include biologists and environmental scientists who work shoulder to shoulder with geologists, geophysicists and oceanographers. The work undertaken by these specialists is shared with academic research institutes; and Neptune Minerals is a proud supporter of numerous research projects that aim to protect and preserve the marine environment through the development of safe seafloor minerals exploration and mining processes. Current collaborations include those with New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and Australia’s Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) to develop models of species distribution using video and physico-chemical data collected during Neptune Minerals’ exploration campaigns. We are also collaborating with the University of Ottawa on a geological research program focused within the Solomon Islands.