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Minera Sierra Gorda SCM operates with 100% renewable energy

Inspenet, January 27, 2023

The Sierra Gorda SCM mining company reported that, since January 1, it supplies all of its operational requirements with green energy supplied by AES Andes.

This achievement is part of its strategic objectives, to carry out sustainable mining activities. A change in the energy matrix that implies stopping the emission of around one million tons of CO 2 per year.

The presentation of this announcement was made at the mining site in the Antofagasta region, in Chile, with the presence of authorities, representatives of the sector, workers and residents of the Sierra Gorda commune.

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Since the beginning of operations of the Sierra Gorda SCM project, one of its main objectives has been to minimize any potential impact on communities and the environment.

For example, the company does not use continental water in the operation or in the camp, so it does not compete with neighbors for that scarce resource in the desert.

“In Sierra Gorda SCM we were born doing sustainable and low-grade mining. Today we fulfill one of our great purposes, managing our operations with 100% renewable electrical energy. Our company shows that it is possible to do green and efficient mining with a low grade like ours and develop production in a sustainable way”, explained Tomasz Piwowarczyk, interim general manager of Sierra Gorda SCM.

And he added: “We are happy to share this great news that comes three years after starting our parceled supply of green energy, and that today already has us with 100% energy from renewable sources. Thanks to this, the copper and molybdenum that we produce is greener, since it contains a smaller carbon footprint.”

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