Our Environment

We are vigilant in protecting the environment and seek ways to minimize our environmental footprint wherever we operate. We always seek to meet, and where possible exceed, regulatory requirements in our environmental performance.

See how we manage environmental reclamation at Kettle River-Buckhorn

Water

Water is important to every aspect of our operations. Our use of water is subject to a large number of environmental laws and regulations with a complex variety of permit conditions, standing environmental regulations, and reporting. Compliance with these requirements is our first priority.

We also go beyond compliance by developing site-specific management strategies based on a broader understanding of the Value of Water. Our water strategy includes engagement with stakeholders, assessment of ecosystem services, continuous improvement of operational systems, and assessment of potential risks related to drought, extreme events, climate change, and operational issues.

Understanding the Value of Water at each operation helps focus our management controls and strategies.

Biodiversity

Protection of the biological resources near our activities is a key element in Kinross' environmental strategy. We work with local stakeholders – governments, NGOs, indigenous peoples and other community members – who can best help us understand and protect local ecosystems. At each operation, we develop Biological Resources Management Plans to avoid or mitigate any impact to sensitive species, habitat, or ecosystem services.

Kinross does not operate in International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Category I-IV protected areas.

Energy and Climate Change

We work continuously to improve our energy efficiency and diversify our energy sources. We incorporate energy efficiency into the design of new projects and consider opportunities for renewable energy where feasible. Decision-making incorporates life-cycle assessment, not just initial costs, thereby placing an emphasis on efficiency over the life of the project. Climate change impacts and strategies to address them are a key component of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process for permitting new mine projects.

As a result, Kinross uses less energy, and has lower greenhouse gas emissions than most of our peers in the mining industry. During 2014 and 2015, we implemented a wide variety of energy efficiency initiatives, which cumulatively have delivered an annualized energy savings of nearly 0.5 million GJ, representing a 2.9% reduction over 2013 operations. Kinross has achieved approximately 34,000 tonnes/year of CO2e savings in 2014 and 2015.

For additional information, see our reports to the Carbon Disclosure Project at www.cdp.net

Compared with other top 10 gold mining companies, Kinross’ use of energy and our GHG emissions are well below the industry average (based on 2014 published data).

Tailings and Waste Management

We go beyond the minimum regulatory requirements to ensure robust design, construction, and operation of our tailings and other waste facilities. Since 2009, Kinross has incorporated independent technical review into the design and during the operation of all tailings facilities. In 2015, we increased oversight of our tailings management systems and protocols by introducing a comprehensive scorecard of tailings management indicators.

All of our operations seek to reduce the generation of wastes through the Four Rs principle: reduce, reuse, recycle and reclaim.

We go beyond industry standards to ensure tailings are handled in an environmentally safe manner.

Cyanide Management

Kinross was one of 14 initial signatory companies to the International Cyanide Management Code (ICMC) in 2005. We integrate the Code's requirements into the design of all new or expanded facilities, and regularly engage with stakeholders regarding our cyanide management practices at all of our sites.

All but one of Kinross' operations have been certified under the ICMC.

The Cyanide Code Principles

The Cyanide Code defines nine principles for responsible management of cyanide in the production of gold.

Reclamation

Kinross recognizes our responsibility to return land disturbed by mining to stable and productive post-mining land uses.

Our reclamation planning begins before construction and is regularly updated throughout the life of each mining operation. Working with our stakeholders, reclamation planning entails an extensive analysis of land use options, environmental factors, and community development concerns and objectives.

Kinross has won the prestigious U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award for its reclamation work three times since the award was created in 2003.
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