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Environmental Stewardship: Aggregate Performance

Tailings Management

In 2021, facilities reported for the first time on the 2019 version of the Tailings Management Protocol and its associated guidance documents. Despite these enhanced requirements, facilities were able to report slight improvements in Indicators 1, 3, and 4. Minor declines in performance on Indicator 2 and 5 can be attributed to facilities working towards implementation of the new requirements in these indicator areas. Note that performance on all indicators had previously declined in 2019, which was the first year of reporting on enhancements made in a 2017 version the protocol.

Percentage of Facilities at a Level A or Higher – 2006, 2019 and 2021
Level A Level AA Level AAA
Last Updated: Feb 17, 2022 (93% Facilities Reporting)
Tailings management policy and commitment
46%

2006

83%

2019

83%

2021

Tailings management system
40%

2006

79%

2019

74%

2021

Assigned accountability and responsibility
60%

2006

79%

2019

79%

2021

Annual tailings management review
54%

2006

77%

2019

80%

2021

Operation, maintenance and surveillance (OMS) manual
49%

2006

81%

2019

78%

2021

100%

90%

80%

70%

60%

50%

40%

30%

20%

10%

0%

Biodiversity Conservation Management

In 2021, facilities continued to demonstrate good performance on the Biodiversity Conservation Management Protocol, achieving improvements in performance across all three indicators. Facilities began reporting on a slightly revised version of this protocol in 2021, which includes new requirements related to the mitigation hierarchy and no net loss.

Percentage of Facilities at a Level A or Higher – 2013, 2019 and 2021
Level A Level AA Level AAA
Last Updated: May 27, 2022 (115% Facilities Reporting)
Commitment, accountability and communications
58%

2013

84%

2019

88%

2021

Conservation planning and implementation
50%

2013

75%

2019

80%

2021

Reporting
53%

2013

75%

2019

79%

2021

100%

90%

80%

70%

60%

50%

40%

30%

20%

10%

0%

Water Stewardship

In 2021, facilities reported publicly for the first time on the new TSM Water Stewardship Protocol  and demonstrated good results. 

Percentage of Facilities at a Level A or Higher – 2019 and 2021
Level A Level AA Level AAA
Last Updated: May 27, 2022 (95% Facilities Reporting)
Water governance
100%

2019

80%

2021

Operational water management
63%

2019

77%

2021

Watershed-scale planning
100%

2019

82%

2021

Water reporting and performance
75%

2019

78%

2021

100%

90%

80%

70%

60%

50%

40%

30%

20%

10%

0%

Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Management

In 2021, facilities’ performance varied across the three indicators of the Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Management Protocol. A decline in performance on Indicator 1 is due at least in part to facilities in early stages of TSM implementation. Performance on Indicator 2 remained strong and there was improvement in Indicator 3 as more facilities met Level A and Level AA requirements. 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, incorporating mitigation and adaptation measures at both corporate and facility levels.

Percentage of Facilities at a Level A or Higher – 2013, 2019 and 2021
Level A Level AA Level AAA
Last Updated: Jun 03, 2022 (109% Facilities Reporting)
Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions management
58%

2013

81%

2019

72%

2021

Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions reporting systems
84%

2013

83%

2019

84%

2021

Energy and greenhouse gas emissions performance targets
34%

2013

53%

2019

64%

2021

100%

90%

80%

70%

60%

50%

40%

30%

20%

10%

0%

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