Lundin Mining recognizes that our activities can result in direct and indirect impacts on the environment and local communities throughout the life cycle of our mining operations. Therefore, our operational objective is to avoid, mitigate, and minimize potential issues by using baseline assessment tools and conducting environmental assessments to evaluate and implement systems and controls. Environmental risk assessment is carried out routinely at all of our sites as a requirement of our Standards and Procedures, the aim being to assess environmental risks associated with each site throughout its life cycle in order that they may be prioritized for management attention and for appropriate controls to be put in place to achieve an appropriate outcome. This is to be accomplished through our Health, Safety, and Environment ("HSE") Management System and a four-phase program that increases focus on materiality and the company's environmental impact globally.
Energy Use and Green House Gas Emissions
Lundin Mining is a growing company with mining projects that rely heavily on diesel fuel and electricity consumption to run operations. The burning of these fuels results in the release of greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions, which Lundin is working to reduce. To accomplish this, we plan to focus on improving energy efficiency at all current operations and addressing energy consumption as new operations are developed.
The company's energy is currently the largest operational input, and as such, a number of medium- and long-term projects for improving energy management are being put into place. These measures will increase efficiency and thus decrease energy use through reduced fuel and electricity intake.
At Lundin Mining, we implement a comprehensive water management planning process to allow us to operate without conflict with other water users and associated ecosystems. Some of our operations are located in areas where water is scarce and competition for water resources is likely to increase. We are therefore implementing a set of medium- and long-term water management projects at these operations in order to maximize water recycling inside our project boundaries, minimize fresh water intake and minimize water discharge to the environment.
During 2013, we recycled more than 87% of the total water withdrawn from our operations, with the Neves-Corvo mine recycling more than 100%.
Part of Lundin Mining's environmental responsibility also includes discharging of treated water in accordance with regulatory requirements, so as not to affect aquatic environment and users downstream of our operations. This is monitored on site of all operations to ensure that environments are not adversely affected by operational water discharge.
Land Use and Biodiversity
Mining activities can generate impacts upon the land and associated ecosystems during all project life cycle phases from exploration, through construction, to operation and potentially also during the mine closure phase. Lundin Minding has defined a Biodiversity Strategy that involves landscape and biodiversity management as a fundamental part of the life of mine planning, to minimize biodiversity losses or mining-influenced habitat degradation.
Lundin Mining's Biodiversity Strategy aims to:
- Understand the biodiversity and ecosystem surrounding out mines
- Minimize our footprint and restore disturbed land as soon as practicable
- Increase biodiversity values where possible
- Consider biodiversity objectives in mine closure planning
- Work with local organizations and stakeholders in conservation and biodiversity initiatives