With a solid track record in responsible resource extraction that spans for more than 60 years, Atlas Mining remains committed to applying best practices in environmental management by protecting and enhancing the environment, reducing and preventing adverse environmental pollution, and rehabilitating mined-out areas, thus maintaining ecological balance within and outside the environs of its mining complex.
To restore its forest cover and enrich the areas impacted by its operations, in 2014 alone, the Company has planted more than 69,000 seedlings in mined-out lands, orchards and re-vegetated slopes inside the mining complex. Since 2007, the Company’s reforestation program has already grown 715,989 seedlings of different tree species in 519 hectares of mine-affected lands.
In support of the National Greening Program (NGP), the Company has also donated 172,900 seedlings in 2014 to the different agencies and local government units. As of 2014, the Company has donated a total of 351,693 seedlings to the NGP that will be used in the respective forest rehabilitation efforts of different groups from the academe, LGUs, non government organizations and the private sector.
Biodiversity and Land Management
The Company vigorously pursued its environmental protection and enhancement activities. It accelerated enrichment of sparsely vegetated areas and transformed once barren agricultural lands into orchards that will become a wildlife-rich habitat.
Continuous slope stabilization resulted into new mantles of vegetation on otherwise bare slopes and pocket forests envelopes even residential compounds.
Reforested areas within the mines complex
Loay side, May 2010
Loay side, May 2013
Waste, Water, Energy Use and Air Emission Management
Mineral waste such as rocks and tailings produced from mining and ore processing are properly disposed under waste management plans currently in place.
The Mabais-Sigpit Waste Dump receives most of the waste materials from the development of Carmen Pit while tailings are deposited in the Biga Tailings Storage Facility, which has a capacity of 294 million cubic meters or 470 million wet metric tonnes (WMT).
Carmen Copper sources its water for industrial and domestic use from the Malubog Reservoir. Water conservation efforts have permeated in all activities of the mining operations.
Carmen Copper seeks to improve the energy efficiency of its operation, putting priority to GHG emission reduction. It launched a company-wide campaign to conserve energy to save costs and to control ozone-depleting substances. Regular monitoring of sulphur oxides (SOx) and nitrous oxides (NOx) emissions ensure that it remains at the acceptable standard.
The Company heightens its implementation of various climate change mitigation and adaptation activities to reduce its carbon footprint. By enriching 517 hectares of lots since 2007 and by regular Preventive Maintenance Servicing (PMS) of all company vehicles, Carmen Copper aims to reduce its carbon emissions. Regular water sprinkling along major access roads also minimizes dust pollution.
Environmental Management Certification
To further heighten its thrust for responsible business operations, Carmen Copper is recommended for certification of its Integrated Management System 14001:2004 (Environmental Management) after the conclusion of the SGS Philippines external audit last July 20-24.