"We believe that people have a right to clean air and water. Turquoise Hill Resources is committed to best-practice environmental management and to internationally recognized levels of performance in environmental, health and safety matters."

This and other guiding principles of Turquoise Hill Resources' corporate citizenship practices are outlined in the company's Statement of Values and Responsibility.

It is Turquoise Hill Resources' policy to achieve a high standard of environmental care in conducting its business as a mining company contributing to society's material needs. Turquoise Hill Resources will not only comply with legislative requirements but will apply proven and economically feasible measures to protect the environment throughout exploration, mining, processing and reclamation activities.

We believe that people have a right to clean air and water. Turquoise Hill Resources is committed to best practice environmental management and to internationally recognized levels of performance in environmental, health and safety matters.
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Specifically:

  • Potential impacts of field activities are considered in advance of operations. Appropriate prevention and mitigation measures are devised and implemented. On development projects, extensive studies are completed to establish environmental and social baseline data and to plan to avoid or minimize potential impacts. Essential wildlife habitat is maintained.

  • We review our performance and make meaningful improvements that may be identified through our monitoring.

  • Corporate and project managements are committed to pursuing practical and proven energy-management initiatives. We test alternative sources of electricity, including generation from sustainable wind and solar power, and support appropriate demonstration installations.

  • A particular focus of our energy-use management is controlling the use of carbon-based fuels. We are committed to achieving maximum efficiencies, implementing conservation strategies, reducing consumption and reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. We recognize that access to alternative energy sources can be limited in remote locations with economic-growth priorities.

  • We make responsible use of available water resources and practice conservation, recycling and reuse to the fullest extent wherever possible.

  • We are committed to reducing and managing waste production as part of our goal to minimize the environmental intrusions of our business activities.

  • Safe and effective handling, treatment and storage of waste rock as a by-product of mining processes -- using best available control technologies, design and procedures -- is fundamental to our planning, permitting and operations, and to our commitments and obligations to our stakeholders.

  • Our planning for the rehabilitation of decommissioned sites is largely completed before the first tonne of ore is processed at any of our projects.

  • Environmental remediation and restoration actions are integral to operations and are undertaken throughout the life of each project.

  • We comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations in all jurisdictions in which we operate.