Enhancing Competitiveness in a Changing Climate

Completed Projects:

Partnering with the Fraser Basin Council, Golder Associates, Energy Solutions Centre at Government of Yukon, and the Pembina Institute OCCIAR is participating in Natural Resources Canada's Enhancing Competitiveness in a Change Climate Program.
  1. Development of Climate Change Economic Case Analyses for Mining Sector: partnering with the Fraser Basin Council and Golder Associates, OCCIAR will assess the economic impacts of climate change on different aspects of mining operations in Canada. In particular, the project will measure climate change impacts and adaptation costs and benefits in areas of: water management/budgets, tailings design and management, transportation, and energy.
  2. Evaluating Opportunities and Implications of Integrating Adaptation and Mitigation Programs within the Energy Sector: Lessons from the Energy Sector in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and the Yukon: OCCIAR is partnering with the Energy Solutions Centre at Government of Yukon to identify and evaluate opportunities to integrate climate adaptation and mitigation programs within the energy sector. To do this the project team will develop domestic and international case studies, and draw from them lessons that can benefit energy sector planners, engineers, and policy-makers at every level and in each region of the country.
  3. In-Depth Review of Policy Drivers and Barriers to Oil and Gas Adaptation in Alberta Region: OCCIAR is partnering with the Pembina Institute to examine how select policies from both federal and provincial jurisdictions enable or hinder adaptation to a changing climate in the oil and gas sector.
Partnering with Risk Sciences International, and the Fraser Basin Council, OCCIAR participated in Natural Resources Canada's Enhancing Competitiveness in a Change Climate Program.
  1. Understanding Mining Policy Drivers and Barriers in the Context of Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation reviewed mining policy in Ontario to identify whether current policies address aspects of climate change impacts and adaptation, and in essence are enabling.

    Understanding Mining Policy Drivers and Barriers in the Context of Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation – Final Report.
  2. Incorporation of Climate change in Environmental Assessments of Mining Projects reviewed completed Environmental Assessments for the Canadian Mining sector to characterize and assess the extent that climate change impacts were considered.

    Assessing the Treatment of Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Project-Level EAs in the Canadian Mining Sector – Final Report.
  3. Adaptation in the Mining Sector in Canada: A Compilation of Case Studies formulated a practical set of case studies of mining companies undertaking activities related to climate adaptation.
    Climate Change Planning at Glencore in Sudbury, Ontario: a mining adaptation case study

    This case study outlines planning and action underway to deal with the current and future threats stemming from the impacts of climate change at Glencore’s mining operations in Sudbury. The case study yields an example of one mining company’s efforts to take stock of climate risks in various facets of its business and the process underway to manage those risks. It is designed to provide an example of climate risk management in order for other mining companies in Canada to consider the changing nature of weather and climate, how it will affect their business, and ways to adapt.

    Enhancing Weather Resiliency at Nyrstar, Myra Falls: a mining adaptation case study

    This case study has been prepared to assist Canadian mining companies in responding to risks associated with severe weather events – today and in the future. By describing the efforts of one company – Nyrstar – to deal with weather-related challenges at its Myra Falls operation on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, it is anticipated that the mining sector in Canada as a whole will benefit.

    Addressing Weather-Related Challenges at the Galore Creek Project, Northwestern British Columbia

    This case study focuses on the Galore Creek project, a large copper-gold-silver open pit deposit approximately 200 km northwest of Stewart, British Columbia. In 2011 the project area was subject to an extreme rainfall event that resulted in flooding, damage and need for remedial action. This case study offers insights from Galore Creek Mining Corporation into the issues faced at the project site, and what work is underway to address weather and climate-related challenges in future. Challenges include significant variations in precipitation over relatively small areas of rugged terrain, which makes it complex to design robust water management infrastructure; transport of people, equipment and supplies to and from the site; glacial recession and lack of historical climate and hydrological data in proximity to the site.

  4. Research and Analysis of Measuring and Evaluation Programs in Climate Change Adaptation Analogues will review monitoring and evaluation (M&E) programs to gain insights on successful programs/components that provide transferrable lessons to the context of climate change adaptation.

    Research and Analysis of Monitoring and Evaluation Programs as Analogues for Climate Change Adaptation Measurement – Executive Summary.
    Research and Analysis of Monitoring and Evaluation Programs as Analogues for Climate Change Adaptation Measurement – Final Report.