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Energy Efficiency: Aggregate Performance

Improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are priorities for the mining industry, and TSM measures a facility’s ability to track and report energy data, as well as establish and meet targets. Through comprehensive management systems, TSM helps mining operations reduce emissions that contribute to climate change, while helping to reduce operational costs. 

Energy Use and GHG Emissions Management

Percentage of Facilities at a Level A or Higher - 2013, 2014 and 2015

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Click here for facility-level energy use data from 2001-2015

TSM requires facilities to establish comprehensive systems for energy use and GHG emissions. This includes providing energy awareness training and establishing systems to track and report data for internal and external reporting. Facilities must also set and meet targets for their energy use and GHG emissions performance.

In 2013, a revised protocol combining energy use and GHG emissions into one management system was introduced, condensing the number of indicators for this protocol from six to three.  This change acknowledges that in the mining sector, facilities produce GHGs primarily through the burning of fossil fuels for energy and, as such, GHGs are managed through managing energy consumption. Historical data from 2006 to 2012 are available in the 2014 TSM Progress Report

Highlights: 

  • 85% have comprehensive energy use and GHG emissions management systems.
  • 95% have implemented energy use and GHG emissions management reporting systems.
  • 44% have established and met performance targets.