Barrick was recognized for its renewable energy initiatives at this year’s Energy and Mines Renewables in Mining Awards. The Company earned the Outstanding Commitment to Renewables in Mining Award, one of three awards for which it was nominated. Russell Blades, Barrick’s Director of Energy and Climate Change, accepted the award on behalf of the Company.
The Outstanding Commitment to Renewables in Mining recognition is awarded to a mining company that has made a public commitment to increase the use of renewable energy. Almost 18 percent of Barrick’s power came from renewable energy sources in 2015. The Company operates a solar power plant in Nevada and a wind farm in Punta Colorada, Chile. Barrick has also conducted research on the use of sustainable biofuels, such as Jatropha and Camelina—two plants suitable for farming in non-arable land that have shown potential to produce biodiesel.
More than 150 industry experts attended the ceremony, which took place on November 21 in Toronto. Michelle Ash, Barrick’s Senior Vice President of Transformation and Innovation, was the evening’s keynote speaker.
Energy and Mines, the organization that presented the awards, is the leading information and event provider on the use of renewable energy in the mining industry.