Transportation is a critical component of our business. We own and lease a significant fleet of heavy equipment and infrastructure used to mine and transport ore, waste rock and tailings. We use light vehicles to move people around our sites, and we transport large quantities of material along public roads to our operations. In addition, our employees and contractors use cars, buses and planes to get to and from work.
The potential impacts from transport related to our activities are felt in three principle areas: GHG emissions, potential transport incidents, and traffic issues such as noise, dust and road maintenance. We recognize these potential impacts and have strategies and/or management plans in place to reduce and mitigate these impacts.
Fuel usage specifically for transportation of our workforce to operations using small planes is used to calculate part of our Scope 3 GHG emissions, which are reported in the Greenhouse Gas Emissions section. Additionally, any spills or other environmental incidents that may occur during transportation are fully reported in the section on environmental spills.