Trevali Mining Corporation issues 2019 sustainability report

By William Smith
Vancouver, Canada-based base metal mining firm Trevali Mining Corporation has announced the release of its 2019 sustainability report. The report estab...

Vancouver, Canada-based base metal mining firm Trevali Mining Corporation has announced the release of its 2019 sustainability report.

The report established new performance targets and disclosed the performance of the company, which operates globally. The majority of its revenue comes from three operational assets - Perkoa Mine in Burkina Faso, Rosh Pinah Mine in Namibia and Santander Mine in Peru - though it also owns mines in New Brunswick and Manitoba in Canada.

“Our second annual Sustainability Report marks another great milestone bringing us one step closer to fulfilling our purpose to become the world’s most sustainable underground mining company,” said Ricus Grimbeek, President and CEO, in a press release. “We were able to make significant progress in sustainability in 2019, while simultaneously achieving record metal production. We will continue to develop and adopt innovative practices, utilizing technology, which achieves net-positive outcomes for society and the natural environment, while delivering value to our shareholders.”

The company said it believed that metals critical to the world’s low carbon transition, such as zinc, lead and silver, needed to be mined sustainably - from both a social and environmental point of view. Such metals have uses in, for instance, batteries for renewable energy.

“In 2019, the HSEC Committee and the management team worked to revise the Company’s Standards for Community, Environment, Safety, Health, Security, Dams and Risk, to align them with the ‘Towards Sustainable Mining’ Protocols set by the Mining Association of Canada. The timely adoption of these Standards and practices have helped the company to ensure that its workforce and local communities are able to sustainably manage the ongoing risks posed by COVID-19,” said Richard Williams, Chair of Trevali’s Health, Safety, Environment and Community Committee.

Key achievements included a 47% reduction in injury frequency compared to the previous year, the setting of a 30% female senior leadership target and a greenhouse gas target to reduce emissions by 25% by 2025.

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