In order to maintain support by our neighbouring communities and build trust in the locations where we plan to develop projects, it is critical that we be effective water stewards.
To improve Teck’s water performance, two new water targets have been established. The targets have been developed through a consultative process led by our Water Steering Committee and are designed to bring focus to our most important water challenges and opportunities.
Operations will be supported in implementing projects that are identified to help us achieve these new targets.
Our Water Targets
We have set a company-wide target of zero significant water-related incidents, which is helping bring focus to the work underway across Teck to address water quality challenges. Significant water-related incidents are those incidents that result in either lingering or irreversible impacts to the environment or people, a significant regulatory response, or material financial costs.
And in Chile, where our operations and major projects are located in regions where water is a scarce resource, we’ve set an ambitious goal to reduce our freshwater consumption by 15% by 2020.
Teck’s Water Policy
These new water targets build on our recently released Water Policy, which commits us to applying a consistent approach to water management and to being effective water stewards at our operations and in the watersheds where we operate.
For the complete Water Policy and more on Teck’s approach to water stewardship, visit teck.com/responsibility, and watch for more articles on this topic in upcoming issues of Connect.