UN SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Agnico Eagle works with our local communities to support sustainable growth and the development of local infrastructure and other community initiatives. We foster innovation by participating in leading-edge mining industry initiatives, as well as by investing in R& D to reduce our environmental footprint and implement new underground technology that supports our commitment to providing a safe and healthy work environment.
Working for a Sustainable Future:
Agnico Eagle is a major sponsor and participant in the Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC), an umbrella organization coordinating innovation in the Canadian mining industry. CMIC’s vision is to transform mining towards a zero-waste industry. Achieving this vision requires investment from numerous mining companies and service providers to develop and adopt transformational technologies that will greatly reduce waste and GHG emissions at all stages of the mining life cycle.
A joint energy project between our Pinos Altos mine in Mexico and the Municipality of Ocampo is set to power up two local communities and benefit over 120 families in the region. The “Power Line” project will eventually supply electricity to the communities of Batería de Rodríguez and Jesús del Monte, which are located near Pinos Altos mining complex. The project complies with Federal Electricity Commission guidelines which require development projects to provide electricity services locally. Agnico Eagle helped advance the project through numerous government approval stages, and helped develop its design and cost estimates.
Communication is key for safety underground where people often work in isolated areas. At our LaRonde mine, an enterprising team has developed an LTE (long-term evolution) network solution for the Zone 5 underground mine. Implementing this digital, hi-speed voice and data technology allows for cellphone use underground and opens up a whole new communications platform for our industry. It facilitates the use of real-time data to help monitor and control different equipment from surface or automatically through programmed parameters – for example, operating a scoop or drill from surface between shifts or in hard to reach areas.
Agnico Eagle Mexico has implemented a number of programs that support quality education for local youth including constructing and modernizing school buildings, and updating classrooms with new technology in order to attract more students and keep them intellectually stimulated and engaged.