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Environment and Climate: Aggregate Performance

Tailings Management

In 2019, facilities began reporting on the 2017 version of the Tailings Management Protocol, including a revised Tailings Guide and a detailed Table of Conformance to assess a facility’s alignment with the practices outlined in the Tailings Guide. As expected, given this comprehensive set of revisions to strengthen requirements, the industry experienced declines in performance across all indicators. A dozen facilities reported declines in performance from Level A or higher to Level B across one or more indicators. Additionally, two facilities reporting TSM results for the first time in 2019 were assessed at Level B or lower across the indicators of this protocol. In 2021, further changes in performance are anticipated as facilities report for the first time on the 2019 version of the Tailings Management Protocol and its associated guidance documents.

Percentage of Facilities at a Level A or Higher – 2006, 2018 and 2019
Level A Level AA Level AAA
Tailings management policy and commitment
46%

2006

91%

2018

84%

2019

Tailings management system
40%

2006

94%

2018

80%

2019

Assigned accountability and responsibility
60%

2006

94%

2018

80%

2019

Annual tailings management review
54%

2006

96%

2018

78%

2019

Operation, maintenance and surveillance (OMS) manual
49%

2006

98%

2018

82%

2019

100%

90%

80%

70%

60%

50%

40%

30%

20%

10%

0%

 

Biodiversity Conservation Management

Facilities continue to demonstrate good performance on the Biodiversity Conservation Management Protocol. However, performance on indicators 2 and 3 remain relatively stagnant. MAC will be working with members over the next year to consider how to drive performance more effectively in these areas. In 2021, facilities will begin reporting on a slightly revised version of this protocol which includes new requirements related to the mitigation hierarchy and no net loss.

Percentage of Facilities at a Level A or Higher – 2013, 2018 and 2019
Level A Level AA Level AAA
Commitment, accountability and communications
58%

2013

85%

2018

84%

2019

Conservation planning and implementation
50%

2013

74%

2018

75%

2019

Reporting
53%

2013

76%

2018

75%

2019

100%

90%

80%

70%

60%

50%

40%

30%

20%

10%

0%

Water Stewardship

In 2019, some facilities produced their first internal reports on the new Water Stewardship Protocol. Initial results demonstrate opportunities for improvement in operational water management and water reporting and performance. First facility-level public reporting against this new protocol will begin in 2021.

Percentage of Facilities at a Level A or Higher – 2018 and 2019
Level A Level AA Level AAA
Water governance
100%

2019

Operational water management
57%

2019

Watershed-scale planning
100%

2019

Water reporting and performance
71%

2019

100%

90%

80%

70%

60%

50%

40%

30%

20%

10%

0%

 

Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Management

Facilities continue to demonstrate good performance on the first two indicators of the Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Management Protocol, with opportunities for improvement on Indicator 3 – Performance Targets. A slight decline in performance on Indicator 2, Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Management, is due to three facilities reporting declines in performance from Level A or higher to Level B or C. In at least one case, this was due to a lack of public reporting on energy management in the year of assessment. Additionally, two facilities reporting TSM results for the first time in 2019 were assessed below Level A on this indicator. In 2022, facilities will begin producing their first internal reports on the new Climate Change Protocol, which will replace the Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Management Protocol. First facility-level public reporting on the new protocol is scheduled for 2023. The new protocol takes a more hollistic approach to climate change, looking at mitigation and adaptation measures at both corporate and facility levels.

 
Percentage of Facilities at a Level A or Higher – 2013, 2018 and 2019
Level A Level AA Level AAA
Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions management
58%

2013

81%

2018

81%

2019

Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions reporting systems
84%

2013

90%

2018

83%

2019

Energy and greenhouse gas emissions performance targets
34%

2013

56%

2018

54%

2019

100%

90%

80%

70%

60%

50%

40%

30%

20%

10%

0%

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