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Energy Efficiency: Aggregate Performance

Improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are priorities for the mining industry. TSM measures a facility’s ability to track and report energy data, as well as to 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.

To achieve a Level A, 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. Detailed criteria for each performance level can be found in the TSM Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Management Protocol.

Energy Use and GHG Emissions Management

Percentage of Facilities at a Level A or Higher – 2013, 2017 and 2018
Level A Level AA Level AAA
Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions management
58%

2013

86%

2017

81%

2018

Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions reporting systems
84%

2013

95%

2017

90%

2018

Energy and greenhouse gas emissions performance targets
34%

2013

55%

2017

56%

2018

100%

90%

80%

70%

60%

50%

40%

30%

20%

10%

0%

On an aggregate basis, there have been improvements made across all three indicators in this protocol. Over the past year, several facilities that previously reported Level A or Level AA are now reporting Level AAA performance. Since 2017, the percent of facilities achieving Level A or higher in indicators 1 and 2 has decreased slightly. This is due to facilities that are new to TSM that are still working to align their systems with the protocol’s requirements.

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 GHG emissions primarily through the burning of fossil fuels for energy. As such, these emissions are managed by addressing energy consumption. Historical data from 2006 to 2012 are available in the 2014 TSM Progress Report.

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