Each year on Earth Day, April 21st, people around the world are encouraged to reflect on their individual and collective impact on the environment. New Gold is committed to responsible mining with a focus on environment, social and governance (ESG) factors. Our ESG focus areas are Indigenous peoples, tailings management, water and climate. Some of actions taken by the Rainy River mine to reduce our impact on the environment include:
- Decreasing the mill electricity intensity by 6.9 % in the first quarter of 2021 over the 2019 baseline data. It is the equivalent of powering 460 homes for one year.
- In March 2021, we launched an employee-generated, “Digging into a More Efficient Tomorrow” slogan and “SCREECH” (Stewards to our Environment, Carbon Reductions, Renewable Rules, Energy Intensity, Efficiencies, Conservation, Health & Safety) campaign, to increase awareness of how our actions impact the environment.
- In 2020, began a large-scale progressive reclamation on the East Mine Rock Stockpile which will help guide future reclamation activities.
New Gold continues to prioritize the health, safety and well-being of our people as we move forward with our ESG focus areas top of mind.