The environmental management system (EMS) of CAP Mining, introduced in 1991 on the basis of the sustainable development of the International Chamber of Commerce, was modified from the year 2000 to comply with the requirements of NCh-ISO 14001.
This EMS ensures compliance with the principles of the environmental policy and with its objectives and targets. The quality and pertinence of these environmental targets is determined on the basis of the establishment of the organization’s significant environmental aspects and the follow-up of environmental performance indicators.
These environmental performance indicators are the basic tool for ensuring the quality of CMP’s environmental management. The Company uses three types of indicators:
- Environmental Performance Indicators. These provide information about the organization’s efforts to improve its environmental behavior relating to the overall management capacity, relations with stakeholders, compliance with the legal framework and environmental commitments, prevention of contamination and continuous improvement, and the formation and training of its personnel.
- Operating Indicators. These provide information about environmental performance in relation to the movement of materials and/or energy of each of CMP’s operations.
- Environmental Condition Indicators. These provide information about the environment in the surroundings of the Company’s activities, to know their quality with respect to Chilean environmental regulations.
Advances in the Implementation of ISO 14.001
Our short-term objective is the certification of our strategic business areas. In the longer term, our principal objective is the continuous improvement of the Company’s environmental management, to the extent that it is feasible and viable for the organization.
Environmental Management Programming
CMP’s EMS implementation activities began with the identification and prioritizing of the environmental aspects of our operations. Once approved and reported, the works concentrated their efforts on the creation of environmental management programs for the year 2003 and the preparation of the documentation required for the NCh-ISO 14.001 standard.
Formation of an Implementation Team
In order to ensure the proper responsibility and competence of our personnel, transversal working groups have been formed and trained in both the works that CMP’s management has defined as committed for EMS certification.
In this work, one of the principal activities has been the formation of the standard’s implementation groups and the formation of the organization’s leading auditors.
Environmental Management System Procedures
Regarding the system’s documentation, the preparation of CMP’s Environmental Management Manual was the principal task during 2002. This document contains a description of the environmental management system, the assignment of responsibilities and the basic procedures necessary for the implementation of the EMS in accordance with the requirements of the NCh-ISO 14.001 standard.
During 2002 and in early 2003, and based on the environmental management program of Guayacán port and pellets plant, efforts were concentrated on the updating and/or creation of the EMS operating control procedures and the establishment of operating standards.
The principal challenge for CMP in the short term is the EMS certification in some of the Company’s operating areas. The EMS certification requires CMP’s personnel to be trained and competent for assuming the new challenges as their own. The continuous improvement of the processes and management systems is based on the individual commitment of all those who are linked directly or indirectly to iron-ore mining.
CAP Mining will continue with a responsible environmental management, thus reaffirming their global commitment defined in the environmental policy.