Copper is at the heart of the Pan American and Parapan American Games medals
1st September 2023
In Sierra Gorda —in the heart of the Atacama Desert, 2,265 meters above sea level— Antofagasta Minerals mines copper at its Centinela mine, so it was fitting that the medals that will honor the winners of the Santiago 2023 Pan and Parapan American Games were unveiled there.
Above and beyond: Employee wellbeing to drive diversity and engagement
28th July 2023
According to McKinsey research, companies with a human resources department that facilitates a positive employee experience are 30% more likely to report organisational outperformance. Firms that are more human in their approach can be inspiring and collaborative, aiming to create an experience that is meaningful and increases employee engagement.
Centinela unveiled the largest fleet of electric pick-up trucks in Chile’s mining industry
5th July 2023
Antofagasta Minerals has an ambitious environmental goal: to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, with the company already achieving its goal to reduce its total direct and indirect greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions by 30%, with this target met three years ahead of schedule in 2022.
Antofagasta Minerals embraces the circular economy
3rd May 2023
The circular economy concept represents a significant change in traditional production and consumption methods, evolving from the linear logic of extract-produce-consume-dispose to favour as much reuse and recycling as possible while limiting consumption.
Antofagasta Minerals and MIT highlight innovation as a key pillar for the future of mining
6th April 2023
Alan Muchnik, Antofagasta’s Vice President of Strategy and Innovation highlighted the importance of innovation during the seminar, which was entitled “The Power of Innovation Ecosystems: How to Innovate in an Interconnected World”.
Centinela inaugurates autonomous systems in the Esperanza Sur pit
18th January 2023
A fleet of eleven autonomous haulage trucks and two autonomous drills began operating in October 2021 .
Full steam ahead: Incorporating women in the Transport division’s core operations
6th October 2022
In this day and age, diversity and inclusion are considered key drivers for a healthy business. Organisations have successfully started to implement unbiased recruiting processes, talent retention programmes and other measures to improve workplace conditions, climate and culture, while incorporating new and different options to maximise performance.
Antofagasta supports the digital transformation of communities
3rd October 2022
Access to the internet and digital skills have become indispensable for education, work and leisure. Technology is crucial to every aspect of our lives from number crunching and marketing to light entertainment and socialising. But access to these tools is not available to all.
Antofagasta steps up ESG requirements for suppliers
18th August 2022
Antofagasta is demanding improved sustainability practices from its suppliers as a key part of its purpose to develop mining for a better future, thus bringing suppliers gradually into line with its own internal standards on environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters.
Antucoya is the Third Antofagasta Operation to Obtain The Copper Mark
17th August 2022
Centinela and Zaldívar have already obtained the seal and Los Pelambres is expected to follow.
After voluntarily completing a self-assessment process and then undergoing an independent audit, Antucoya became the third Antofagasta operation, the ninth in Chile and the 29th in the world, to receive The Copper Mark, an international seal that certifies that the operation produces copper according to the highest international sustainability standards.
FCAB Had a Very Successful 2021
8th August 2022
The Antofagasta-Bolivia Railway Company has released its 2021 Sustainability Report.
The leading transport company in Chile’s Antofagasta Region transported 6.7 million tonnes of cargo through its 720 kilometres of railway track in 2021.
Win-win-win: Antofagasta’s inaugural volunteering programme
1st August 2022
According to a McKinsey report published in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, while a company’s executives may be forgiven for focusing solely on corporate priorities and letting other intangibles fall by the wayside in an attempt to weather the storm, it is actually in times of crisis when employees need to find purpose in order to better face and navigate uncertainties.
Antofagasta pioneers forestation of Quillayes tailings facility
20th May 2022
Planting 300 hectares of native and feral plants on the tailings facility will control dust emissions and help blend it into the natural environment
Antofagasta's digital transformation leaps forward
28th April 2022
The Integrated Remote Operations Centre will enhance both safety and productivity
Green hydrogen and Antofagasta’s drive to carbon neutrality
3rd February 2022
Antofagasta is evaluating green hydrogen projects that could lower its Scope 1 and Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions –a key part of its plans to mitigate the impact of its operations.
Cuprochlor-T: An Innovation with potential Industry-Wide Implications
24th January 2022
Antofagasta has long been seeking a way to leach copper from primary sulphides and appears to have found the answer.
Antofagasta releases first-ever Climate Change Report
21st December 2021
The report reviews the advances in each of the five pillars of Antofagasta’s Climate Change Strategy, approved last year and designed to mitigate climate-related impacts and increase the resilience of both the Group’s operations and surrounding communities.
Notching Up Transparency: Antofagasta Launches Social Management Report
3rd December 2021
Antofagasta plc has published its first-ever Social Management Report in its effort to better cater to the information needs of a public that varies from analysts and investors, to civil society and NGOs, to national governments and local communities.
Copper Mark: the stamp of sustainability
18th November 2021
Centinela and Zaldívar have obtained the seal; Los Pelambres and Antucoya to follow
The Mining Truck of the Future
12th November 2021
Developing the Clean-Running Mining Trucks of the Future
Our response to tackling climate change directly aligns with our core business strategy
27th October 2021
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Pilot scheme to test the use of hydrogen in mining
Antofagasta Minerals to participate in pilot scheme to test the use of hydrogen in mining.
ICMM commitment to a goal of net zero by 2050 or sooner
5 October 2021
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Red kingklip restocking: A demonstration of compatibility between mining and artisanal fishing
1 October 2021
The congrio colorado or the red kingklip, also known as the red cusk-eel or Genypterus chilensis in scientific circles, lives off Chile’s coasts at 10 to 500 metres below the sea.
How Antofagasta is employing TCFD to strengthen climate resilience
24 September 2021
The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) was created in 2015 by the Basel-based Financial Stability Board as a voluntary set of recommendations to help companies incorporate climate-related risks and opportunities into their risk assessment and management, strategic planning and capital allocation.
Ivan Arriagada’s interview. Mining Journal's Global Leadership Report
21 September 2021
"COVID-19 showed us that technology and innovation can be deployed to mitigate systemic risk to our production, our environment, our employees, and our communities, and this needs to continue"
Seven years on and preparing for new challenges: The development of Somos Choapa
31 August 2021
Somos Choapa - an initiative that contributes to the sustainable development and wellbeing of inhabitants of the Choapa Province, where Antofagasta’s Los Pelambres mine is located – is celebrating its seventh anniversary this August.
Operate, protect and safeguard biodiversity
12 August 2021
Antofagasta’s operations have developed a Biodiversity Initiatives Portfolio to protect and safeguard the flora, fauna and ecosystems in their regions.
Antofagasta Minerals - Catholic University of Chile in Pioneering Endowment Partnership
22 July 2021
The new Antofagasta Minerals Chair of Water Sustainability aims to build knowledge and human capital in a critical area for Chile’s resilience to climate change.
Antofagasta tackles climate change on all fronts
14 July 2021
There is no doubt that human activity plays a major part in climate change and urgent action is required to stop global temperatures rising by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Antofagasta joins the Charge On Innovation Challenge
02 July 2021
The initiative seeks to develop solutions to charge the batteries of electric mining trucks safely, quickly and sustainably. This is essential in order to replace the use of diesel in these trucks and the emissions it produces.
Ferrocarril de Antofagasta a Bolivia (FCAB) achieves its lowest accident rate in five years
02 July 2021
According to its Sustainability Report 2020, the company achieved a record Accident Frequency Index (IF) of 2.37.
Antofagasta empowers employees with digital skills
17 June 2021
The Digital Academy is strengthening the company’s digital transformation.
Carbon neutrality: Antofagasta takes on the challenge
21 May 2021
The efficient use of strategic resources, such as energy, is a pillar of Antofagasta's Climate Change Strategy.
Exploring the Potential of Blockchain Technology in Mining
09 April 2021
Together with the World Economic Forum and other companies from the mining and metals sector, Antofagasta Minerals is developing a platform to track CO2 emissions in the copper supply chain.
How international solar car racing can contribute to local development
23 March 2021
What does driving 3,000 kilometres across Australia, from Darwin to Adelaide, in a solar-powered car have to do with a copper mining company in Chile? Of course, copper is an important input for solar energy systems, but there is more to it than that.
Female focus: Antofagasta gets serious about women
10 February 2021
On 28 January, Antofagasta Minerals held a large online ceremony to welcome new apprentices, interns and university students completing their theses at its operations. It marked a milestone for the company: most of the 200-odd recruits were local women in a traditionally male world.
Antofagasta joins H2 Chile to advance the development of green hydrogen
27 January 2021
Antofagasta Minerals today became the first mining company in the country to join the Chilean Hydrogen Association (H2 Chile), an organisation that promotes the development of green hydrogen. This fuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions generated in chemical manufacturing and the use of fossil fuels.
Antofagasta prioritises local suppliers
11 December 2020
Vilma Magnata is a 55-year-old metallurgical engineer who was born and raised in the Antofagasta Region, the heart of Chile’s copper mining industry. In 2018, she decided to carve out a new niche for her company, Ingeniería y Mantenimiento, in the area of technological innovation.
The Copper Mark: the seal of responsible mining
23 November 2020
Antofagasta has committed to the Copper Mark, the copper industry’s new responsible production framework, by signing up for independent assurance assessments of its Centinela and Zaldívar mines in Chile.
Los Pelambres plants 207 hectares of native vegetation in Choapa
28 October 2020
The company has completed a species enrichment programme at the Monte Aranda Estate, one of the seven locations it protects and conserves Choapa’s ecosystems.
The Covid-19 crisis has drawn attention to our role in society
07 October 2020
Antofagasta CEO Iván Arriagada shares his thoughts on the state of the copper market, the outlook for Chile following recent social unrest, and the merits of maintaining operations during the recent peak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Pandemic liberates new digital paradigm
16 September 2020
Antofagasta Minerals is strengthening and speeding up the company’s digital transformation as measures taken to address the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrate the viability of certain technologies and remote working.
Switching to renewable energy
03 September 2020
Over the past few years, Antofagasta Minerals has gradually been renegotiating its power purchase agreements (PPAs), switching them from conventional sources –principally coal– to renewables.
Copper comes to the rescue
25 August 2020
It is no news that copper has antimicrobial properties. Ancient civilisations, from the Chinese to the Egyptians and the Aztecs, knew that. It was not by chance that, in Egyptian hieroglyphics, the same symbol meant both “life” and “copper”.
Valdivia railway station in Antofagasta to be restored
13 July 2020
Two years ago, the Antofagasta Group, through its Transport Division, began a restoration project at Valdivia Station, carrying out detailed assessments with specialists, such as Atisba and Cyparq, to determine what work was needed.
Antofagasta’s apprenticeship programme starts at Centinela
10 July 2020
109 students from the Antofagasta Region have begun their training to become truck operators and maintain mine equipment as part of Minera Centinela's 2020 Apprentice Programme. 104 of them are women.
Antofagasta creates $6m COVID-19 fund for communities
Antofagasta plc has set up a $6 million fund to help communities near its operations in Chile to address the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).
MITIGATING WATER SHORTAGE IN THE CHOAPA VALLEY
For mining operations, water is a critical input, not only because it is used in so many different processes, but also because of its potential to cause friction with neighbouring communities.