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REDD+ Talks 2013 CVC

How the Mining Industry can make a positive contribution to climate change
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Shawn Burns

on 23 October 2015

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Transcript of REDD+ Talks 2013 CVC

Why?
Why is this Climate

Change Package beneficial to the mine?
How?
Sustainability Value Drivers
The Government
Who?
Very few mines have this overall synthesis --a vision, as to how they can tie CSR to energy use and reclamation into a Climate Change Plan
Most mines avoid climate change and think of it as a complex non-related activity, and so there is a need for education in this area
REDD+
credits are key for mines seeking to offset their climate change and biodiversity impacts during the life of the mine
Mines can operate individually, but because they are conservative and because of extreme cost considerations in our current economic environment, it may be easier for them to initiate mining climate change programs through industry organizations such as the regional Chambers of Mines
Relationships between government and industry are strengthened through
REDD+
projects as they are directly linked to national climate change strategy
These positive relationships and Climate Change Plan recommendations shown here can lead to reduced costs and risks to mines, increase shareholder value, better relationships between community and regulatory authorities and should be pursued vigorously
Who are the beneficiaries?
Increasing/Preserving Shareholder Value
Less susceptible to social unrest
Organized ASM results in a healthier community, which is less susceptible to environmental degradation and health issues related to Mercury poisoning, and contamination of water sources
Reduced Risk
Creating employment with locals
Expanding smart reclamation activities outside of the regulatory mine-take zone, which improves relationships with the community, regulators and the government
Social Licensing
Lower energy costs for the mine and for its employees
How might a mine implement a Climate Change Plan?
The Community
The Company
Lowered costs
Job creation, lowered reliance on scarce forest based charcoal, active employment through smart reclamation activities
Government's can benefit from
REDD+
projects as these projects directly contribute to forest preservation.
The Shareholders
Reduces Risk
Conclusions
REDD+
Talks 2013



By working with the local artisanal miners (ASM), mining companies can bring technology and knowledge to ASM to more than double their recovery of the actual resource (from a low recovery rate, to an estimated 90% recovery rate).
This ensures that land can be ready to be reclaimed and not informally mined in the near future by ASM
Mines are excellent candidates for
REDD+

So, how can mines be seen as a positive force for Climate Change?
How the Mining Industry can make a positive contribution to climate change with
REDD+


financial, human and technological capital
mine-take land and un-reclaimed land
Corporate Social Responsibility
By: Core Value Concepts (CVC) Shawn Burns, Sophia Munoz
Note: We know that we are generalizing a complex process...
Land is never reclaimed solely with palm oil and bamboo and always involves mixed cropping with local indigenous vegetation, trees and food crops

ASM Land is highly degraded and there is significant consideration put toward regeneration of natural soils using proper crop selection and bio-charcoal

Preserving biodiversity and ecosystems is often a major issue during the mine-take land process and there is not always a direct solution to mitigating these effects
ASM
Energy
If mines incorporate the generation of solid and liquid bio-fuels (bamboo charcoal and bio-diesel) into the reclamation process, this can lead to a reduction in deforestation and a reduction in the use of fossil fuels.
Mine-Take Land
Mixed crop plantations that use raw materials for bio-fuels (bamboo and palm oil) to be used by the mine and its employees and families
Mines can preserve at risk forests by buying biodiversity offsets during the mines operation...
Materiality Matrix

Shared Value Projects
For Example:
Climate Change Projects
High
High
Low
Importance to Stakeholders *
Importance Mining Company
Philanthropic Projects
Philanthropic
Shared Value
Community capabilities & needs, Government Development Priorities, and Partner Expertise
Business Priorities
=
Phase 1 Focus Areas
The Industry
Mines can work together to develop regional and national programs
The Earth
What is Shared Value?
How a climate change strategy brings 'value' to mines
Artisanal Small-Scale Mining
Core Value Concepts (CVC) is a Vancouver based consulting company and provides Climate Change services and support to a series of Junior and Mid-tier mining companies including Asanko Gold, Cayden, Georgetown, and Stratton

CVC has developed a Climate Change Plan package that is made up of three elements: Reclamation, bio-fuel and/or bamboo charcoal production, and
REDD+
projects to offset emissions

A Climate Change Plan is good for business because it fits into the elements of reclamation and energy costs by saving capital and operating costs while achieving climate change goals
Mine Take Land
Energy Consumption
Artisanal Small-Scale Mining
What is the relationship between mines' initiatives and
REDD+
?
Introduction
Reducing Emissions in Deforestation and Degradation
Mines are able to provide a leadership role in sponsoring
REDD+
Projects because they have a large scale:
What?
What are the three main elements that contribute to a Climate Change Plan for mining?
Mine Take Land
Buy existing offsets from a
REDD+
Project

This land is actively used for 10-30+ years and is essential to the operation of the mine and is absolutely unavoidable.

During the life of the mine, there are two ideal ways to offset emissions produced by the mine
During the life of a mine, a company can purchase emissions offsets from already existing verified international
REDD+
projects.

This provides mines with an opportunity to effectively offset their climate change impacts during the life of the mine, which they are unable to offset themselves

These offsets offer biodiversity and community development co-benefits

For example,
REDD+
projects in Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

REDD+
projects comply with the most rigorous standards offering no-risk opportunity for mines to offset their emissions
Where feasible, develop a
REDD+
Project
Project developers, such as Wildlife Works Carbon (WWC), can assist with determining the feasibility and potentially develop and manage a
REDD+
project.

For a mining company, these projects can play a large and beneficial role in forming positive relationships with regulators, government, and the community
Carbon Emissions
Emissions
Deforestation, Degradation
Deforestation
Problems:
Solutions (3 elements)
Deforestation and Degradation of land
Deforestation and Degradation of land
REDD+
is an essential climate change mitigation strategy originated by the United Nations, designed to help stop the destruction of the world’s tropical forests.
REDD+
carbon credits reduce greenhouse gas emissions by protecting highly threatened forests for 25+ years
REDD+
projects:
protect threatened forests and endangered wildlife
uplift impoverished communities
REDD+
helps local landowners in the developing world create financial value for their living forest and biodiversity assets whether they are governments, communities, or private individuals.
The essence of the
REDD+
conservation strategy is job creation. Jobs create a viable alternative for people who have previously had to destroy their environment just to survive.
REDD
projects are validated and verified by third party rigorous standards: the Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Standard, (CCB) and the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).
Contact Information
R. Shawn Burns
email: shawn.burns@corevalueconcepts.com
Sophia Munoz
email: sophia.munoz@corevalueconcepts.com
Core Value Concepts Ltd.
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