Copper Mountain Mining Corp. received the 2022 Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) Environmental Excellence Award in recognition of its Electric Trolley Assist Project focused on reducing carbon intensity and minimizing environmental impact. The Trolley Assist installation at the Copper Mountain mine connects haul trucks to clean British Columbia electricity and will displace approximately 400 liters of diesel and 1 metric ton (mt) of carbon dioxide each hour per truck up the Copper Mountain Mine’s main haulage ramp. The system covers a 1-kilometer (km) incline from the main pit to the primary crusher, and can support four trucks at any time.

Moving heavy rock up a steep incline is a highly energy intensive process and is the largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at Copper Mountain, according to the company. This new technology is anticipated to reduce Copper Mountain’s carbon emissions by at least 30% over the next five years and is a key contributor toward the company’s goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2035.

“We are honored to receive this award as it recognizes our commitment to making a difference,” Copper Mountain Executive Vice President of Sustainability Don Strickland said. “We are one of the first open-pit mines to commission electric Trolley Assist in North America. This is a huge achievement, and we are proud of our team for their efforts in successfully delivering this project.”

Copper Mountain’s flagship asset is the 75% owned Copper Mountain Mine located in southern British Columbia near the town of Princeton. The Copper Mountain Mine currently produces approximately 100 million pounds of copper equivalent per year.