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Launch of Conformance Protocols for the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management and ICMM's Tailings Management Good Practice Guide

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When ICMM launched the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management alongside the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), our members committed that all tailings facilities with ‘Extreme’ or ‘Very high’ potential consequences will be in conformance with the Standard by August 2023, and all other facilities by August 2025.

The Standard showed industry ‘what’ needed to be done to manage tailings facilities responsibly. Now, two new resources from ICMM will provide further guidance to industry on ‘how’ to responsibly manage tailings facilities at mine sites and corporate levels.

Join us on 6 May 2021 at 15:30 BST for the virtual launch of the Conformance Protocols for the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management and ICMM’s Tailings Management Good Practice Guide.

During the 60-minute virtual event, Aidan Davy, ICMM's Chief Operating Officer, will introduce the resources and moderate a conversation between ICMM company and association members involved in their development; Adam Matthews who acted on behalf of PRI in the process of developing the Standard; and Professor Norbert Morgenstern, a world leading expert on tailings management who provided the call-to-action for and supported the development of ICMM’s Tailings Management Good Practice Guide. The moderated discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A.

Panel:

Moderator: Aidan Davy, Chief Operating Officer, ICMM

Supplementary information on our panel:

Tamara Butler Johndrow, Director of Tailings, Crushed Leach, and Water, Freeport-McMoRan

Tamara is a Professional Engineer, specialising in water resources and geotechnical engineering. She actively participated in the development of ICMM’s Conformance Protocols for the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management and Chaired the ICMM Tailings Guidance Subgroup which developed the Tailings Management Good Practice Guide. Tamara and Charles Dumaresq (see below) led the writing team that developed the Guide.

Charles Dumaresq, Vice President, Science and Environmental Management, Mining Association of Canada (MAC)

With a background in research and regulatory experience in tailings management, Charles leads on MAC’s guidance and performance measurement tools for the topic. He has been actively involved in the development of the Tailings Management Good Practice Guide. Charles and Tamara led the writing team that developed the Guide.

Professor Norbert R Morgenstern, Distinguished University Professor (Emeritus), University of Alberta (Canada)

Dr. Morgenstern is an international authority on geotechnical engineering relating to slope stability and dam design, a pioneer of permafrost and cold regions engineering research and a highly sought-after consultant. He has made major contributions in research and engineering practice to many areas of the geotechnical discipline, including the development of the Morgenstern-Price method for stability analysis, the analysis of rate effects in earth materials, earth and rockfill dam engineering, tailings engineering, static liquefaction phenomena, and the rapidly developing field of risk analysis applied to engineering works.

As an educator, researcher and practitioner, the international scope of his experience spans over 30 countries on six continents. Throughout his career as an educator, he has trained a significant pool of highly qualified personnel and continues to actively contribute to the University of Alberta, where he currently holds the title of Distinguished University Professor Emeritus. Many of his students have become renowned practitioners and international experts in the geotechnical engineering discipline. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Toronto, Queen’s University and the University of Alberta. In addition, he is an Honorary Professor at Zhejiang University, PRC.He provided the call-to-action for and supported the development of ICMM’s Tailings Management Good Practice Guide.

Adam Matthews, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Church of England Pensions Board

Adam acted on behalf of the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) as a co-convenor of the Global Tailings Review alongside ICMM and the UN Environment Programme, which developed the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management. He is also active in a number of other investor initiatives for industry, such as the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI), Climate Action 100+ (CA100+), the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), and the Investor Mining & Tailings Safety Initiative (IMTSI).