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Teck Resources Limited ("Teck”) today announced the release of its 2013 Sustainability Report, which covers 2013 sustainability performance and progress towards Teck’s sustainability goals.
This year’s report, available at www.tecksustainability.com, marks Teck’s thirteenth year of reporting on its annual sustainability performance.
Teck’s sustainability strategy has short- and long-term goals under the following focus areas: Community, Our People, Water, Biodiversity, Energy, and Materials Stewardship.
2013 sustainability highlights include:
- Partnered with UNICEF Canada to improve access to and use of zinc as a treatment for diarrhea in India with the goal of saving the lives of 150,000 children by 2018 and 50,000 lives annually going forward by strengthening health care systems.
- Achieved Teck’s safest year on record, with a 5.6% decline in total reportable injury frequency from the previous year and a 26% decline in lost-time injury frequency.
- Continued to improve management of water by establishing site-specific water balances and integrated water management plans at each operation.
- Recycled or re-used the same water at Teck’s mining operations an average of five times.
- Purchased 7,150 hectares of private land near Teck’s steelmaking coal operations in the East Kootenays of British Columbia for the purpose of conservation.
- Implemented 650 terajoules of cumulative energy reductions since 2011 and achieved Teck’s 2015 goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 75 kilotonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent, primarily through greater use of natural gas in steelmaking coal dryers and through a haul truck anti-idling program.
- Recycled 25,000 tonnes of material at Teck Trail Operations, including electronic waste and lead acid batteries
In 2013, Teck was the only mining company ranked as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations by media and investment research firm Corporate Knights and was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the fourth year in a row.
The report complies with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) at the A+ application level. The GRI application level, selected indicators, and alignment with the International Council on Mining and Metals’ 10 Sustainable Development Framework Principles were independently reviewed by Deloitte LLP.
Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal, zinc and energy. The pursuit of sustainability guides Teck’s approach to business. Teck is building partnerships and capacity to confront sustainability challenges within the regions in which it operates and at the global level.