Practicing Responsible Environmental Stewardship

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Practicing Responsible Environmental Stewardship

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Learn how @Goldcorp_Inc made responsible environmental stewardship an important part of the way it does business
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 9:30am

CAMPAIGN: Our Planet. Our Choices. Our Legacy.


Mining is dependent on the natural environment. And that’s why we’ve made responsible environmental stewardship an important part of the way we do business.

From the boreal forest of northern Canada to the Patagonia region of Argentina, our operations span a broad range of ecosystems, and our employees, who live and work in the communities in these areas, care deeply about protecting the environment for the benefit of future generations.

Goldcorp’s environmental stewardship strategy is essential to reaching our sustainability goals and is focused on a core group of strategic environmental issues that includes Waste and Hazardous Materials Management, Water Management, Energy Management, and Environmental Compliance.

Waste and Hazardous Materials Management

With mining comes by-products such as tailings and other hazardous and non-hazardous materials. Our Sustainability Excellence Management System (SEMS) ensures we meet the best possible standards for managing this waste responsibly. A great example of this is our Marlin Mine in Guatemala where more than three million cubic metres of tailings and waste rock has been covered and sealed, with the site receiving public recognition for its innovative approach to tailings management.

At one of our closed Canadian sites, new technology is improving the way we inspect, manage and monitor stored tailings. With this technology acting as an extra set of virtual “eyes and ears” on the ground, we are able to receive up-to-the-minute monitoring data of this tailings storage facility.

Our Tailings Stewardship Strategy is also driving innovation in our approach to waste management and safety and is raising the bar.

Water Management

Water is essential for most mining processes, which means that effective water management is crucial. We’ve developed a comprehensive Water Stewardship Strategy to tackle the challenge of water use head-on.

Those efforts extend beyond the boundaries of our mine sites too - one such initiative is a solar powered water project near our Los Filos mine in Mexico. This project led to the construction of solar-powered pumps that provide the local community with a dependable source of clean water, while also decreasing the overall load on the state’s utility infrastructure.

Energy Management

Secure, clean, and reliable energy sources are necessary for our business. Our approach to energy management and climate change includes targets for reduced energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

Company-wide targets include increasing our energy efficiency by 15%, reducing emissions by 20%, and sourcing 5% of our energy from renewables by 2017. And we’re making progress. Our Peñasquito mine now sources 44% of its power from an efficient natural gas power plant. Our Red Lake mine switched its major heating loads from propane to natural gas, which has a 20% lower GHG emission factor.

As awareness and understanding of environmental issues grow, we expect there will be more pressure on the industry for increased regulatory requirements, greater transparency, and innovation. We see this as an opportunity and embrace the challenge.

Whether they are new and innovative ways to deal with tailings or finding more efficient ways to manage energy at our sites, our decisions are grounded in our vision of Together, Creating Sustainable Value for all of our stakeholders.

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CAMPAIGN: Our Planet. Our Choices. Our Legacy.