“Through the year we worked on identifying further reduction opportunities and this has enabled us to set an updated target of at least 30% by 2030 with an interim reduction target of 15% based on projects already being implemented while maintaining a steady production profile.”

Barrick’s ultimate goal is to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050

According to Bristow, the company’s ultimate goal is to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, primarily through greenhouse gas reductions and offsets for some hard-to-abate emissions.

In the same presentation, Barrick’s group sustainability executive Grant Beringer said all the company’s sites had been certified to the ISO 14001:2015 environmental management standard. Each site had also been empowered to manage its own environmental issues under the oversight of the group’s strategic leadership, with a particular focus on a rigorous approach to their management of tailings facilities.

“Our tailings and heap leach management standard has been aligned with the recently updated guidelines of the International Council on Mining and Metals, of which Barrick is a member, as well as those of the Mining Association of Canada,” Beringer said. “The standard sets out six levels of inspection and surety for the safe operation of tailings and heap leach facilities.”

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