Copper Mountain Mining hits 2020 sustainability targets
Copper Mountain Mining Company, the Canadian-based copper mining company with operations in Canada and Australia, has achieved its 2020 sustainability targets, having secured an AAA rating for its Aboriginal and Community Outreach, and an AA rating for Safety and Health under the Canadian Mining Association’s Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) standards.
The external verification was completed by an independent and certified TSM Verification Service Provider for TSM requirements, according to a statement. The company has wholly adopted the TSM standards and already achieved an AA rating for its Tailings Management.
Copper Mountain is targeting at least an A rating on the remaining TSM protocols by the end of 2021. These protocols include: Biodiversity Conservation Management, Crisis Management Planning, Energy Use and GHG Management, Child and Forced Labour Free Certification and Water Stewardship.
“We set a target at the beginning of this year to achieve at least a ‘AA’ rating in these categories and we exceeded our goal,” comments Gil Clausen, Copper Mountain’s president and CEO. “We take our ESG commitments seriously at Copper Mountain, and our progress demonstrates that commitment. Setting and achieving these TSM targets is just one example.”
“Another initiative that is currently underway, is our plan to trial electric trolley assist, which has the potential to replace diesel consumption in our haulage fleet with hydroelectricity, thereby reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions. We are currently partnered with Komatsu/SMS, ABB, the BC government, and BC Hydro to advance this trial,” Clausen says.
“Through hydro electrification and capacity increases, we plan to reduce our carbon intensity by over 50 percent in five to seven years as we aim to be net zero by 2035. So not only will Copper Mountain be producing the metals that drive a green economy we will deliver that value the right way.”
The company adds that it is committed to transparent and continuous discourse on its ESG programs and that will continue to work on its TSM progress and ESG initiatives.
Copper Mountain’s flagship asset is its 75 percent owned Copper Mountain mine located in British Columbia, near the town of Princeton, which produces approximately 90 million pounds of copper equivalent.
The company also has the development-stage Eva Copper project in Queensland, Australia, as well as an extensive 2,100sqkm highly prospective land package in the Mount Isa area.
AngloGold Ashanti establishes BG Umoja JV in Tanzania
AngloGold Ashanti, in line with it s strategy to ensure a sustainable contribution to the economies of host countries, has established the BG Umoja joint venture (JV), in Tanzania.
Awarded a $186m two-year mining contract for the Nyankanga and Geita Hill underground mining projects, the 80/20 joint venture is a partnership between Africa Underground Mining Services (AUMS) Tanzania, a subsidiary of Australia’s Perenti Group, and local drilling services and mining- supply company, Geofields Tanzania Limited.
The partnership is modelled on a similar underground mining joint venture at the Company’s Obuasi Redevelopment Project in Ghana between AUMS Ghana and Accra-based, wholly Ghanaian-owned Rocksure and will help build local specialised mining capacity.
“We’re working with our experienced mining contractors to assist in establishing local joint ventures for long-term transfer of sustainable skills, and to continue building on our sustainable local procurement programmes,” commented Sicelo Ntuli, AngloGold Ashanti’s Chief Operating Officer: Africa.
“AngloGold Ashanti is building sustainable local procurement programmes that will allow it to stimulate economic and social development at all of its operations, evidenced by the significant contribution Geita has made to the fiscus and people of Tanzania.”
AngloGold Ashanti’s annual expenditure with indigenous Tanzanian suppliers has almost tripled to $162mn since 2016. The company’s local team in Tanzania has set itself an ambitious target of 60% to 70% of all expenditures with indigenous Tanzanian companies, by 2025.
Scope 3 Emissions
In addition, AngloGold Ashanti’s Geita Gold Mine has awarded a two-year fuel transportation contract, worth approximately $10.8m a year, to two local contractors - one of which is originally from Geita. This is in line with the mine’s commitment to contribute to the economies of host communities. The Geita-based company was part of Geita Mine’s supply chain capacity building initiative for host community suppliers, a partnership between the Mine and the National Economic Empowerment Council.
To influence Scope 3 emissions, trucks are to be compliant with EURO IV emissions standards, tankers are to be made of an aluminium alloy material to reduce weight and the age of the fleet will be maintained at less than six years.
Diversity & Inclusion
The contractors already employ women fuel tanker drivers, fulfilling the Mine’s requirements for diversity and inclusion. The two contractors both own workshop facilities in Geita town and participate in social initiatives aimed at uplifting the lives of host community residents.
AngloGold Ashanti has been operating at Geita Gold Mine for more than 20 years, with the project initially a single pit mine, evolving now to a predominantly underground operation, employing 5,700 employees and contractors.
Earlier this year, the Government of Tanzania recognized AngloGold Ashanti’s contribution to the economy of the country, awarding it for its outstanding performance in a number of areas, including environmental and safety performance, corporate social investment, the best taxpayer in the mining sector, the runners up in local business content and overall best performer in the mining sector in Tanzania in 2019/2020.
Geita Gold Mine
Geita, one of AngloGold Ashanti’s flagship mines, is located in north-western Tanzania in the Lake Victoria goldfields of Mwanza region, about 120km from Mwanza and 4km west of the town of Geita. It has been in operation as a large-scale mine since 2000.