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Biodiversity

At Teck, we work to minimize effects on species and ecosystems, and work towards our vision of having a net-positive impact on biodiversity in the areas where we operate.

Biodiversity and our Sustainability Strategy

Biodiversity is a key focus for our comprehensive sustainability strategy, which sets out short-term goals to 2020 and long-term goals to 2030 in six sustainability areas: Community, Our People, Water, Biodiversity, Energy and Climate Change and Air.

 

Our Vision for Biodiversity

We achieve a net positive impact on biodiversity in areas affected by our activities.

Our Goals

For each of our sustainability focus areas, we established short and long-term goals out to 2030. We are currently working to achieve our 2020 short-term goals, and recently completed our 2015 goals.

2020 Goals

  1. Implement Biodiversity Management Plans for each of our operations.
  2. Integrate the consideration of biodiversity into the exploration, construction and closure stages of the mining life cycle.
  3. Enhance our contributions to biodiversity conservation knowledge, through collaboration in research, education and conservation.

2030 Goals

  1. Achieve a net positive impact on biodiversity in regions where we operate through environmental management, reclamation and conservation.

Progress Against Our 2015 Goals

Goal
Develop comprehensive management plans, including targets and actions to minimize impacts at all operations and advanced projects, in accordance with our Biodiversity Guidance Manual and company standards.

Performance Summary
Implemented our Biodiversity Guidance Manual and company standards.    

2015 Highlights
Implemented biodiversity management plans at all operations focused on our long-term vision of having a net positive impact in the regions where we operate.  Examples of work in 2015 include: 

  • Continued to consult with the regional subsistence committee and incorporate advice on timing of our activities such as road hauling and shipping, in order to minimize our impacts on wildlife such as caribou and marine mammals at our Red Dog Operations. 
  • Conducted field surveys for the presence of nesting birds prior to clearing vegetation for new land disturbance at our Highland Valley Copper Operations. We also conducted tests to learn how to best incorporate culturally significant native plants in our reclamation programs.

Goal
Develop plans at our operations to offset ecosystem impacts that cannot be fully mitigated or rehabilitated by enhancing or protecting similar habitat areas of equal or greater ecological value, in the affected regions.

Performance Summary
Plans were developed at 100% of our operations.    

2015 Highlights
Developed plans to offset impacts at our operations, which includes work such as: 

  • Continuing our development of the Lower Columbia Ecosystem Management Program around Trail.
  • Advancing our evaluation of biodiversity offset opportunities at Carmen de Andacollo Operations.

Goal
Enhance our contribution to biodiversity conservation and knowledge.

Performance Summary
Invested in biodiversity research projects and partnerships, including caribou projects near our Quintette project and native plant collection and archiving projects with the Royal British Columbia Museum.    

2015 Highlights
Continued our work with the Vancouver Aquarium to research improvements in aquatic health and amphibians. 

Goal
Identify and implement biodiversity improvement and conservation opportunities that would seek to create a net positive impact in our areas of influence.

Performance Summary
Improved the prioritization for managing our dormant mine properties.

Conducted ecosystems projects in all of our geographic areas of activity.     

2015 Highlights
100% of operations developed biodiversity management plans focused on our long-term vision of having a net positive impact.

Biodiversity in 2015

Our management and performance related to anticipating and minimizing impacts on species and ecosystems.

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Responsible Mine Closure & Reclamation

We begin planning for responsible mine closure begins before mining even starts, and that work carries on throughout the lifecycle of the operation, in cooperation with Indigenous peoples and local communities.
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Mine Closure in 2015

Our management and performance related to planned or actual closure planning - and related effects on workers, local communities and the environment.

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Environmental Management in 2015

Our performance in environmental management, including compliance with environmental regulations and permits, and environmental assessments of our suppliers.

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