Strategic Environmental Stewardship
CONSERVE THE PRESENT CONDITION OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
OBSERVE THE CAUSES OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
MITIGATE THE IMPACTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL DETERIORATION
Over the past 5 years, the S&K Project has continued to strive towards maintaining a balanced sustainability of economic success, environmental value and social liability. MYTCL has raised the bar in terms of quality of systems, and communication with villages that may be directly or indirectly impacted by the mining activities. This undeniably ascertains that developing long-term reciprocated and beneficial relationships between the Company and its key stakeholders is the key to future success.
THE MYTCL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - EMS
The Environmental Management System (EMS), integrated into Operational Management by the S&K Project, records and monitors compliance with stated environmental policies and objectives. This compliance has been demonstrated through MYTCL's Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS) certifications. The current EMS requires MYTCL to continue to establish environmental planning and to continuously monitor the environmental impact of the operations.
FOUR MAIN ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AT THE S&K PROJECT:
1. Acid Rock and Metalliferous Drainage (possibly released from mine-pit walls and waste dumps)
2. Dangerous Goods (hydrocarbon products, sulphuric acid and process reagents waste)
3. Land Disturbance (land disturbed by extensive operations)
4. Non-process Waste (including rubbish, paper and plastics, rubber and batteries)
In order to ensure ISO Standard 14001:2015 compliance, the following methodologies have been implemented throughout the EMS.
• Environment Management Plans (EMP) have been developed to control the environmental issues identified above, and many more. These plans are being actively monitored for potential environmental impacts.
• Results are reviewed for any trends, findings are reported and corrective measures are implemented, if required.
• Detailed Environmental Control Procedures (ECPs) have been developed and implemented based on the EMPs.
• An Environmental Emergency Response Plan has been established, practiced and basic training is given to employees of all departments.
• Environmental Impact Assessments are conducted for new MYTCL projects.
• A technology transfer program has been developed and environmental awareness training is on-going on and off site.
• All employees are trained to respond quickly and effectively to any environmental impacts.
• All environmental documents are of high quality. Records are well stored, maintained and are easily accessible. Documents are reviewed and updated to ensure continuous improvement.
COMPLIANCE & CONFIRMATION BY 3RD PARTY
In order to maintain the status as a world-class mine, the S&K Project has monitored the effectiveness of its Environmental Management System by having its performance audited regularly. The SGS auditors from Australia, Singapore and Thailand conduct an audit of the MYTCL operations for certification in the ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001, and ISO 14001 in the middle and at the end of each year. SGS Re- Certification Audit commenced in July of 2016, and all 3 certifications were revalidated until 2018-19. Internal audit teams formed with MYTCL personnel, and professionally certified for auditing by SGS training staff, are responsible for completing internal audits on a quarterly basis.
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT MANAGEMENT PLANS
Achieving both sustainability and continual improvements requires that MYTCL persistently evaluate existing environmental performances of the certified environmental management system against its environmental policies, objectives and targets for the purpose of identifying opportunities by the organisation.
Furthermore, in order to attain sound perpetual development, identify and improve environmental performance, determining the root cause and causes of non-conformance or deficiencies, and developing and implementing a plan of corrective and preventative actions are also vigorously carried out in conjunction with the operations of multifarious mining activities.
Seven key areas of environmental management are reviewed by MYTCL; namely air, water, energy, waste, land, biodiversity and compliance to incident reporting. Key Performance indicators (KPI) are used to determine where improvement and action must be taken. These KPI also evaluate the environmental conservation activities success at MYTCL. Each area has defined and globally measured attributes of environmental conservation.
The purpose in assessing MYTCL's key performance indicators is three tiered:
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