Environment

Climate change

We recognize that climate change can have an influence on infrastructure stability and the effectiveness of policies geared towards environmental safety and the sustainability of water and energy resources. Therefore, one of our sustainable development priorities is reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2015, we joined other ICMM members in support of the climate change statement issued prior to the Paris Climate Conference (COP21). We are also committed to the principles set out in the UN Sustainable Development Goals; goal 12 is to “Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns,” and goal 13 is to “Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.”

We are developing a widescale greenhouse gas emission control system and have put together a standard outlining our in-house requirements. We are considering options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout all the stages of our assets’ life cycles. We aim to achieve a 15% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 (vs. 2015).

Along with other environmental issues, issues and risks related to climate change are overseen by the Chief Operating Officer and the Operations Committee of the Board of Directors of Polyus.

In addition to policies relating to the sustainable use of resources and improving energy efficiency, we are consistently reviewing alternative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including using renewable or low-carbon energy sources.

As a result of our initiatives, the share of renewed energy sources in the total energy output is increasing every year.

Share of renewable sources of energy in Polyus’ energy mix

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%

GHG emissions, Mt CO₂-e

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Specific GHG emissions, tonnes of CO₂-e per t ore processed

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