Teck Resources has confirmed that its Highland Valley Copper operations (HVC) in British Columbia has been awarded Copper Mark distinction – the first mine in all of Canada to do so.
It is also Teck’s first copper operation to achieve the certification, though Teck said it has plans for its Carmen de Andacollo and QB2 projects, which is expected to start production in 2H22, to join the ranks in the future.
“Copper is an essential material for the low-carbon future, and our focus is on helping meet the growing global need for copper in an environmentally and socially responsible way,” said President and CEO Don Lindsay.
“We are proud that Highland Valley Copper has been awarded the Copper Mark, demonstrating the operation’s commitment to sustainability and to ensuring customers have the information they need on our performance as a responsible copper producer.”
The Copper Mark is a voluntary assurance framework to promote responsible production practices and demonstrate commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. To be verified, every site must be assessed and also independently verified against 32 responsible production criteria.
Teck wholly owns Highland Valley, which is located west of Logan Lake and southwest of Kamloops. It produces both copper and molybdenum concentrates via autogenous and semi-autogenous grinding and flotation.
Copper production at Highland Valley is expected to reach 127,000 to 133,000 tonnes in 2022, and between 130,000 and 160,000 t in 2023.