As our company grows, and our production increases, it is inevitable that our water consumption and waste numbers will rise. We are committed to minimizing our environmental footprint through improving process efficiency, recycling water and optimizing our operations wherever possible. We strive at all times to act with responsibility and transparency in our actions and in our reporting practices. In order to provide accurate comparisons of year-on-year environmental performance, we are including measurements of the intensity of our activity - or more simply, our environmental impact per tonne of ore processed.

Management's Approach to Environmental Responsibility

Our mining, exploration and development activities are subject to the applicable environmental laws and regulations at the locations we operate, which include planning for the eventual closure of the mine and reclaiming the mining properties after mining and processing has ceased. Our aim is to match or exceed the environmental standards of leading gold and silver producers.

At all times, we manage our operations in compliance with, or in excess of, all relevant environmental standards. Precautionary measures are taken to avoid damage to ecosystems wherever possible. When adverse impacts occur, integrated programs are implemented to promote the recovery of the affected ecosystems.


"Clean Industry" Certification


The Clean Industry Initiative is a voluntary program that assesses regulatory compliance and best practices in environmental performance. Since 2013, San Dimas has been implementing the Risk Management Policy and improving its environmental aspect identification and management plans. In 2014, the mine underwent an internal audit process followed by an external review twice in 2015 before the final audit and recertification in November 2015.

Detailed information on water management, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, tailings, biodiversity and aquatic monitoring and mine closure and reclamation can be found in the 2015 Sustainability Report.

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