Orla recognizes the risks that climate change pose for society, both in the regions where we operate and more broadly for the world as a whole. As we complete construction and transition to producer status, we will be monitoring our GHG emissions levels to establish a baseline and to identify reduction opportunities, where possible. We remain thoughtful about our energy consumption and GHG emissions. For example, several initiatives that we recently advanced relating to energy usage and our Scope 1 emissions include:
- Installation of solar water heaters at the camp dorms and other facilities.
- Accelerated development of powerline development earlier than planned to eliminate the need for diesel powered generation at the mine site in the first year of operation.
- As part of mining operations, we are targeting the use of equipment with Tier 3 engine designs where possible, which will reduce emissions.
Over the longer term to reduce site GHG emissions, we will explore alternatives to diesel powered equipment such as conveyors or battery-operated vehicles. We will also explore opportunities to increase our exposure to renewable power sources in Mexico, when available, which offers the biggest opportunity to impact our Scope 2 emissions.