OTTAWA, Dec. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has released its ninth annual Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) Progress Report. The 2013 report takes a detailed look at MAC members' 2012 performance
in the initiative's three focus areas - communities and people,
environmental stewardship, and energy efficiency.
"This year's TSM results have reinforced our confidence that TSM is
taking the Canadian mining industry in the right direction," said
Pierre Gratton, MAC's President and CEO. "When we first embarked on
TSM, the membership set out to improve the environmental and social
performance of Canada's mining industry by implementing mandatory
public reporting and third-party verification of performance against
rigorous performance standards. Now, after nine years of applying TSM,
MAC members can demonstrate significant, meaningful progress in key
performance areas that Canadians can have confidence in."
The 2013 TSM Progress Report takes a detailed look at MAC members' efforts to contribute positively
to the communities where they operate. The report includes
facility-level results for 20 member companies of which five companies
went through external verification. TSM is the only system in the world
that includes public reporting of third-party assured site-level
performance for the mining sector.
The ninth annual report shows steady improvement in company results,
including such highlights as:
An average increase of 10% year-over-year in the number of facilities
reporting a Level A or higher across the indicators for Aboriginal and
community outreach, crisis management planning, energy use and
greenhouse gas emissions management, and tailings management.
In the area of tailings management, 92% of facilities reported
implementation of an operation, maintenance and surveillance manual
that adheres to industry best practices. This is an increase of 18%
The number of facilities assessed at a Level A or higher for
demonstrating best practices in communicating and engaging with
communities of interest, including Aboriginal communities, increased by
19% to 88% from 2011 to 2012.
For the first time, performance data for biodiversity conservation
management, and safety and health―TSM's two new protocols―are presented
in the report. Next year, these results will be published on a
Participation in the TSM initiative is mandatory for all MAC members.
TSM is a performance-based program that was developed by MAC and its
members to help mining companies evaluate and manage their
environmental and social responsibilities. The program's main objective
is to enable mining companies to meet society's needs for minerals,
metals and energy products in the most socially, economically and
environmentally responsible way. In essence, TSM ensures companies are
operating in a way that aligns with evolving societal priorities and
expectations as they relate to community engagement, safety and health,
energy use and the environment.
To download the 2013 TSM Progress Report, or to learn more about the initiative, please visit www.mining.ca.
The Mining Association of Canada is the national organization for the
Canadian mining industry. Its members account for most of Canada's
production of base and precious metals, uranium, diamonds,
metallurgical coal, mined oil sands and industrial minerals and are
actively engaged in mineral exploration, mining, smelting, refining and
semi-fabrication. Please visit www.mining.ca.
SOURCE: Mining Association of Canada (MAC)
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