Building Our Shared Future:
Our environment

With a proactive risk management approach to safeguard the environment and reduce our impacts, New Gold promotes the efficient use of raw materials and resources during our operations, through reusing and recycling where possible. New Gold uses robust monitoring programs to minimize environmental impacts, including surface and groundwater as well as air quality. During mine closure, New Gold’s aim is to restore the land to a level of productivity equivalent to its pre-mining capacity or to an alternative land use determined through consultation with local communities of interest, including local Aboriginal communities and regulatory authorities.

The New Gold Environmental Management Standards are based on internationally recognized standards. The standards serve to guide site-level management systems to ensure that site operations identify and appropriately manage their environmental aspects, adopt a consistent approach to identifying and controlling environmental risks, report progress through audits and assessments, and adopt a high level of environmental stewardship. All sites are expected to have an external audit, peer audit or self-assessment annually based on our audit schedule.

As part of the implementation process, each site has also compiled a register of Significant Environmental Risks. This register contains the main environmental risks for each site and allows corporate representatives to test the adequacy and effectiveness of controls as well as emergency preparedness and mitigation measures associated with these greatest potential risks. In 2016, these risks were reviewed and audited at all sites.

Scorecard 4: Environmental Performance

Priorities 2016 Target 2016 Performance 2017 Target
Water Water
  • Implement action plan to address gaps at site level against New Gold Water Stewardship Standard, and obtain A-level across all indicators.
    • Not Achieved. A-level not yet achieved at operations.
  • Implement action plan to address gaps at site level against New Gold Water Stewardship Standard, and obtain A-level across all indicators.
  • SDG 6
Waste Management Waste Management
  • Achieve Towards Sustainable Mining Tailings Protocol A-level at operations with tailings facilities (New Afton and Peak).
    • Achieved.
  • Conduct Independent Tailings Review Board meetings at all Canadian sites.
energy Energy and GHG Emissions
  • n/a
    • n/a
  • Achieve Towards Sustainable Mining Energy and GHG Emissions Protocol A-level at all current operations.
  • SDG 13
Biodiversity Biodiversity
  • n/a.
    • n/a
  • Achieve Towards Sustainable Mining Biodiversity Protocol A-level at all current operations.
  • SDG 15
  • Achieved Achieved
  • Missed Not Achieved
  • Missed Partially Achieved
  • SDG = Sustainable Development Goal