At Teck, we believe our company and our industry have an important role to play in helping tackle the global challenge of climate change. That includes working to reduce our own emissions as well as advocating for policies that support the world’s transition to a low-carbon economy.
We recognize that our activities consume energy and generate significant greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This is why Teck has set ambitious targets to reduce our carbon footprint. To date, we have cut our GHG emissions by over 289,000 tonnes and our long-term target is to reduce GHGs by 450,000 tonnes by 2030.
At the same time, we know that the metals and minerals we produce are essential to building the technologies and infrastructure necessary to reduce GHGs and adapt to the effects of climate change. For example, renewable energy systems can require up to 12 times more copper compared to traditional energy systems; and steel and the steelmaking coal required to make it is necessary for infrastructure that reduces emissions, such as rapid transit and wind turbines. Continued responsible production of these metal and mineral products is essential to the global effort to combat human-caused climate change.