Living the New Gold Values:
Environmental Responsibility

At every New Gold site, we adopt a proactive risk management approach to safeguard the environment and reduce our impacts. From the earliest site investigations, we carry out comprehensive environmental studies to establish baseline measurements for flora, fauna, soil, air and water. As mining operations proceed, we work to minimize environmental impacts and maintain robust monitoring programs that include surface and groundwater as well as air quality. We strive to minimize energy and water consumption, and reduce material consumption through recycling and reuse.

In 2014, we completed implementation of the New Gold Environmental Standards across all sites. These standards are based on several internationally recognized standards. At each site, the new standards are being used 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. In accordance with our standards, internal peer reviews were conducted at all operating sites in 2014. The goal in 2015 is to complete the first external audit of the new standards.

As part of the implementation process, each site contributed to a register of significant environmental risks. This register allows corporate representatives to test the adequacy and effectiveness of controls as well as emergency preparedness and mitigation measures associated with those high potential risks. In 2015, the goal is to review and audit the mitigating actions for the significant environmental risks at all sites.

New Afton Mine reported performance against the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative as a member of the Mining Association of Canada, reaching top levels of compliance for almost all of the Performance Indicators.

Scorecard 4: Environmental Performance

Priorities 2014 Target 2014 Performance 2015 Target
Water Environmental Standards
  • Full implementation of New Gold Environmental Management Standards across all sites.
    • The New Gold Environmental Management Standards were implemented and peer audits performed at all sites.
  • NMT: No target defined for 2015.
Water Risk Management
  • Establish an environmental committee at all operations, including representation from operational areas, which reviews hazards, risks and significant incidents at least quarterly.
  • At all operations, provide training for 100% of significant environmental risks as defined by site’s risk assessment.
    • Environmental committees set up at all operations.
  • NMT: No target defined for 2015.
Water Water
  • Establish a detailed water balance and a water management plan at all operations.
    • Water balance and management plans were established at all sites.
  • Complete gap analysis against the New Gold Water Stewardship Standard at all sites.
Energy Energy
  • Continue reporting to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
    • Reported to the CDP since 2013.
  • NMT: No target defined for 2015.
Tailings Management Tailings Management
  • No specific target set for 2014.
    • n/a
  • Achieve Towards Sustainable Mining Level A for all New Gold sites with tailings storage facilities.
Incidents Incidents
  • Perform root cause analysis on 10% of all incidents and take proactive initiative to reduce/eliminate root causes.
    • Root cause analyses have been performed for 10% of incidents.
  • NMT: No target defined for 2015.
Reclamation & Closure Reclamation
& Closure
  • At Cerro San Pedro, reforest 75 hectares of land at Monte Caldera.
    • At Cerro San Pedro, 90 hectares of land were reforested at Monte Caldera.
  • NMT: No target defined for 2015.
  • Initiate the development of a New Gold Integrated Closure Standard.
    • The standard development was started in 2014.
  • Achieved Achieved
  • Missed Not Achieved
  • NMT: Not a Material Topic*
  • *Targets for the 2015 annual cycle are included only for material topics; nonetheless, goals for non-material topics may still be set internally. These are not included in the scorecards.