At New Gold, we are committed to preserving the long-term health and viability of the natural environments affected by our operations by using resources efficiently, applying a precautionary, proactive risk-management approach to safeguarding the environment and preventing or mitigating the impacts of environmental incidents. Working with the appropriate government agencies, partners and key stakeholders, we ensure that our activities meet or exceed legal requirements and societal expectations.
We continually seek new strategies for enhancing our environmental performance, including programs to improve energy efficiency, reduce our carbon footprint and waste and minimize our use of water and other resources. At every stage of the mining life cycle, we apply best practices in environmental management. From the earliest site investigations, we carry out comprehensive environmental studies to establish baseline measurements for flora, fauna, land, air and water. During operations we promote the efficient use of resources, work to minimize environmental impacts and maintain robust monitoring programs, including groundwater and air quality. After mining activities are complete, our objective is to restore the land to an adequate level of productivity and to support sustainable land use.
When a mine, or section of mined land is no longer used for mining we begin progressive reclamation to restore the disturbed land. We also rehabilitate historic mine sites that are found on our properties. We are committed to returning mined land to an overall improved condition after mining has ceased while preserving the heritage value of each site.
Improving our energy efficiency both benefits the environment and brings inherent cost advantages. We are committed to minimizing greenhouse gas emissions in all our operations, through reducing energy consumption, to active reforestation and land-reclamation activities.
Three New Gold mines use cyanide in mineral processing and we are always alert to the hazards associated with cyanide and the need for continual vigilance in its storage, management and use. In October 2010, New Gold was accepted by the International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) as a signatory to the International Cyanide Management Code (ICMC), which is renowned as the international benchmark for transporting, storing and using cyanide. The Mesquite Mine has been certified under ICMC. We expect that Cerro San Pedro and Peak will be certified by 2013.