Sustainability is one of the main drivers of successful life for all generations. Luna’s aim is to introduce eco-friendly business activities, which are not harmful for society and nature, and at the same time can satisfy the industrial needs. As a producer, we always think about minimizing of negative impact on the environment. Our innovative methods of mining and smelting should help development of new products and its applications through R&D contribution of our experienced team. Our people are engaged into high-efficient production process which is dedicated to creation of the best quality acceptable by many customers all around world.
Commitment to mankind and to the environment
A long-term success of every company is based on ability to create a suitable business environment which inspires people to develop this business and be the part of something great. All kinds of impacts should be taken into account, including social and environmental ones.
Working today – we create the solutions meeting needs of future generations, and we put this aim on the top of our goals. We are developing eco-friendly projects enabling us to minimize the negative impact on our ecology and optimize the smelting cycle.
LuNa Smelter takes care of the health and safety of the people working at its facilities and using its products, and fulfils requirements of every of them. Social responsibility is a key issue for the company on the way of building a strong business which complies with all local laws and environmental standards, as well as ethical norms and customs.
Our core responsibility is to protect the environment and surrounding resources by usage of special eco-friendly processes, which can help to re-process or recycle by-products occurring during the production. LuNa Smelter works on recycling actions and developing the markets for every type of materials received by the plant during smelting activities.
We are looking forward to meet some innovations, especially in heat-recovery and energy saving sector, as well as in waste re-processing.
Society & Community Engagement
Among different stakeholders, who are vital for business success, both society as a whole and local community play a fundamental role, which is often not fully appreciated when developing a new business or when trying to improve an existing one. It is society who is responsible for creation of knowledge base economy, a leading force of today’s progress, and it is a local community which enables creation of ecosystems, responsible not only for growth of nations GDP but also for wellbeing of its members.
Looking at the smelter from societal perspective, following positive aspects can be noticed:
A continuous, stable demand for cassiterite should result in mining sector development, not only for tin but for other minerals as well. For such development to take place, in a manner which is beneficiary for Rwandese economy, it is essential that, as much as it is possible, value added remains in the country – for this to happen, new investors need to have stable conditions for development.
A constant demand for cassiterite should result in more predictable conditions for artisanal miners, who – with the proper support – could become more financially stable and be able to invest into developing their own businesses.
The same applies to larger suppliers and potential investors in mining sector – they could benefit from higher return on investment due to smaller risk, but society will benefit while automated and professional mining activities can be directly translated to better land use, less soil erosion, less incidents and better working conditions.
Smelter operations will not only result in higher energy demand at the facility, but will result in higher energy demand in corresponding businesses due to increase of demand for cassiterite followed by professionalization and electrification of mining industry – increased demand can be translated into higher revenues which should be invested in new energy sources and distribution network – resulting in wider and better energy services for all customers.
As a result, business environment will be changing while more and more energy intensive and high-value material-processing companies are expected to enter the market, it is vital to point out that cooperating companies (such as security, utility, insurance and other) may treat it as an opportunity to adjust better to the market needs and thus increase their market share/comparative position/value not only on the local market but in broader scale.
It is worth noting that the above will be possible only if both leading business and government stakeholders will follow Luna Smelter long-term, sustainable approach – trying to balance need for consistent growth with rights and needs of various stakeholders, today and in the future.
All the above relations have their counterpart at the smaller, local community scale. Luna Smelter provides stable, fair compensation and development possibilities for local employees, creating positive feedback loop, not only for employed but for their families and local businesses. We keep constant dialogue with local community representatives to be able to react in a proper way when needed. Company is open to support educational endeavors such as cooperation with universities, facilitating international cooperation related to smelting, exploration and mining and supporting most promising students. Company’s management takes into account wellbeing of local community while taking business decisions.