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Teck reaches its 2015 sustainability goals

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Teck Resources Ltd has released its 15th annual Sustainability Report, covering the company's performance in 2015 and progress towards its short- and long-term sustainability goals.

"At Teck, we are committed to developing resources in a manner that is socially and environmentally responsible and makes a positive contribution to the communities where we operate," said Don Lindsay, President and CEO. "Thanks to the hard work of employees across our operations, we have achieved all of our 2015 sustainability goals, which led to improvements in performance and efficiency at our sites, including reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, strengthened water and biodiversity management and improved safety performance."

Teck's approach to responsible resource development is guided by a sustainability strategy, which sets out a vision and short- and long-term goals in six areas of focus: Community, Its People, Water, Energy and Climate Change, Air, and Biodiversity. In 2015, Teck marked five years since the development of its strategy and the completion target date for its first set of short-term goals.

2015 sustainability performance highlights included:

  • Improved safety performance with a 25% reduction in high potential incidents (HPIs) and zero fatalities.
  • Reduced annual greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 200 000 t and energy consumption by 1200 terajoules since 2011.
  • Reused and recycled water an average of 4.5 times at our mining operations.
  • Tailings review boards established at 100% of Teck’s operations with major tailings facilities, as part of its comprehensive tailings management and safety programme.
  • Continued commitment to diversity, with a 56% increase in the number of women in operational and technical roles since 2010.
  • Reached seven new agreements with Indigenous Peoples in the areas where they operate.
  • Implemented biodiversity management plans at all operations focused on Teck’s long-term vision of having a net positive impact in the regions where they operate.

In 2015, Teck was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) for the sixth consecutive year, the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations list by Corporate Knights for the fourth consecutive year, and the FTSE4Good Global Index for the first time.

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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