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Water

Water is one of our most important sustainability issues. Learn how we work to manage water responsibly, including protecting water quality, collaborating with communities on fair use of water, and improving our water use efficiency.

Water and our Sustainability Strategy

Water 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 Water

We contribute to the balance between social, economic, recreational and cultural benefits of water resources, within ecologically sustainable limits.

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. Contribute to watershed management in water stressed regions through water use efficiency projects, use of alternative water sources, water quality improvement measures, and capacity building.
  2. Increase our understanding of groundwater and proactively assess groundwater risks.
  3. Collaborate in developing innovative water technology and practice.

2030 Goals

Work within an informed understanding of ecological limits, regional issues, and demands on water resources to address:

Water Quality: Keep clean water clean, minimize water quality deterioration, and take care of affected water resources

Water Quantity: Minimize water use per unit of production and transition to alternative water sources

Water Stewardship: Contribute to water use planning in our areas of influence.

Progress Against Our 2015 Goals

Goal: Establish baseline for water use intensity and water quality at all current operations by 2013.

Performance Summary
Established water management teams, enhanced existing water flows monitoring systems, and established a water baseline to report on water quality and quantity. 

2015 Highlights
Building on the baseline completed in 2013, we updated our company-wide water balance, which provides a comprehensive account of the volumes of water that flow into and out of 100% of our operations.

Goal: Implement Teck's Water Management Standard by 2013.

Performance Summary
Established a consistent approach to water management through the implementation of the Teck Water Management Standard.    

2015 Highlight
Integrated water management plans at 100% of our operations.

Goal: Implement measures to achieve operation-specific targets for improvements in water use intensity and water quality.

Performance Summary
100% of operations have site-specific water targets and are working towards implementing projects and/or initiatives to meet these targets.   

2015 Highlight
We have set water use intensity goals at our two operations located in water-stressed regions. 

Water Management in 2015

Our management and performance related to water use, selection of water sources, and protecting water quality.
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Tailings and Mine Waste Management in 2015

Our management and performance related to tailings management, including construction, operation, and ongoing monitoring of the various health, safety, and environmental risks and impacts associated with tailings storage facilities.

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Water Quality in the Elk Valley

Teck operates five steelmaking coal mines in the Elk Valley of British Columbia which employ over 4,000 people. We raise our families in the valley, fish and swim in the river and care deeply about ensuring the environment is protected. That’s why we’re taking action to ensure that water quality is protected in the valley now and for generations to come.
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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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