Towards Sustainable Mining: Diffusion of Sustainability Concepts into the Mining Industry within Canada

Towards Sustainable Mining: Diffusion of Sustainability Concepts into the Mining Industry within Canada

Michelle Edith Jarvie-Eggart (Barr Engineering & University of Maryland University College, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2842-7.ch009
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Abstract

Early efforts to address sustainability within the mining industry (GMI and ICMM) did not create a common set of protocols by which individual operations could be clearly ranked on their performance. The Mining Association of Canada’s Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) program provides protocols to address biodiversity, tailings management, crisis management, safety and health, energy/GHGs, and aboriginal/community engagement. The TSM program has been mandatory for MAC members to implement at their Canadian operations since 2004. Progress along these indicators shows how well the industry is doing at addressing sustainability along each concept, and where further progress is still needed.

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