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 supplies along public roads to our operations. In addition, our employees and contractors use cars, buses and planes to get to and from work.
There are three principal areas in which the effects of our transportation activities are felt: 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.
The fuel used to transport our workforce in small planes is included in our Scope 3 GHG emissions, which are reported in the Greenhouse Gas Emissions section. Any spills or other environmental incidents that may occur during transportation are fully reported in the section on environmental spills.