Environmental Responsibility

“Protection of the environment shall be of paramount consideration in every stage of a mining operation. Active mitigation plans, progressive rehabilitation measures and third-party monitoring shall be appropriate integral components of all mining operations.”

— Excerpt from The Baguio Declaration

NAC’s commitment to the principles of sustainability and responsible mining is exemplified by each of its operating mine site’s Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programs (EPEPs).

The EPEPs are comprehensive and strategic environmental management plans that cover the management objectives, its criteria and commitments pertaining to environment protection and rehabilitation. The Annual EPEP contains programs that cover the mine site’s initiatives for Land Protection, Air Protection, Water Protection, and Environmental Monitoring.

Activities under AEPEP include rehabilitation of mine disturbed areas, reforestation, construction and maintenance of environmental facilities, solid waste management, hazardous waste management, air quality monitoring, and preservation of downstream water quality.

The environmental programs of each of NAC’s mine sites is carried out and monitored by a dedicated Mine Environment Protection and Enhancement Officer. Multipartite Monitoring Teams review these environmental programs on a quarterly basis. An annual accomplishment report based on the objectives outlined in the EPEP is prepared and submitted.

For 2018, total EPEP spending reached PHP 551.8 M, an increase of about 16.8% from the previous year. In terms of conservation efforts, total fuel consumption went down by 2.5% from last year.

Moreover, CMC reports that in compliance with DENR’s new Administrative Order on Rehabilitation, it has attained 100% completion of the physical target for the rehabilitation of 12 hectares of mined-out area as well as the target for enhancement planting of 3.06 hectares. And it has attained more than 100% of the physical target for the maintenance of all mine rehabilitation areas.

Meanwhile, RTN began progressive rehabilitation of 42 hectares of excavated areas even while the company is still in operation. The mine rehabilitation’s major activity is the planting of indigenous trees such as Narra and Nato. RTN will also undertake regreening activity on about seven hectares within the mine site. Regreening is also a tree planting activity in open areas that are temporarily not subject for mine excavation. The unused area is therefore maximized.

Using best mining practices in relation to environmental protection conforms to NAC’s commitment to the principles of sustainable development. Our environmental management systems are in consonance with our ISO 14001 certification while specific environmental measures are embodied in each mine site’s Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programs (EPEPs). The EPEPs are comprehensive and strategic environmental management plans that cover management objectives, criteria and commitments pertaining to the environment, including protection and rehabilitation. Each of our mine sites carries out its environmental programs through its respective Mine Environment Protection and Enhancement Officer. Mines Multipartite Monitoring Teams reviews our environmental programs on a quarterly basis. On an annual basis, we submit an accomplishment report based on the objectives outlined in the EPEP.