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Materials

Disclosure Number Disclosure Title Disclosure Requirement Disclosure Response
103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary a. An explanation of why the topic is material Many materials are required at different stages of the gold production process. We monitor materials deemed to be significant, which includes explosives, tires and energy used for mining activities and the reagents used for mineral processing. 

The materials reported are significant because they are considered critical inputs to extract our final product and have the potential to result in environmental impacts if not managed appropriately. Other materials used by mining and milling activities are not considered to be significant because they generally present less risk and tend to be used in smaller quantities.
b. The Boundary for the material topic, which includes a description of:
i. where the impacts occur; 
ii. the organization’s involvement with the impacts. For example, whether the organization has caused or contributed to the impacts, or is directly linked to the impacts through its business relationships
This topic is limited to the identified materials used by the Company and certain suppliers.
c. Any specific limitation regarding the topic Boundary The boundary for this topic is limited to the jurisdictions of our mining operations.
103-2 The management approach and its components a. An explanation of how the organization manages the topic New Gold encourages all operations to recycle, reuse and reclaim materials within operations where feasible. 
b. A statement of the purpose of the management approach The purpose is to optimize the use of input materials and ensure materials are handled, stored and transported appropriately.
c. A description of the following, if the management approach includes that component:
i. Policies
ii. Commitments
iii. Goals and targets
iv. Responsibilities
v. Resources
vi. Grievance mechanisms
vii. Specific actions, such as processes, projects, programs and initiatives
Environmental Management Standard 

This standard outlines the requirements for each operation to meet or exceed relevant laws and regulations.
103-3 Evaluation of the management approach For each material topic, the reporting organization shall report the following information: 
a. An explanation of how the organization evaluates the management approach, including:
i. the mechanisms for evaluating the effectiveness of the management approach;
ii. the results of the evaluation of the management approach;
iii. any related adjustments to the management approach
Annual reviews and evaluations are done at each site to ensure the management effectiveness of this topic.

As a member of the Mining Association of Canada (MAC), New Gold adheres to the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) protocols at all our sites. The TSM protocols require that an external review be completed every three years that confirms the level of adherence with these protocols.
301-1

Materials used by weight or volume

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Rainy River New Afton Mesquite Cerro San Pedro
a. Total weight or volume of non-renewable materials (listed below) used during the reporting period (tonnes):        
i. Cyanide 1,970.30 0.00 Not available 2,875.87
ii. Acid 46.00 0.00 Not available 0.8
iii. Flocculant 149.74 1.15 Not available Not available
iv. Caustic soda Not available 0.00 Not available 143.7
v. Lime 6,390.27 1,664 Not available 2,945.92
vi. Explosives 8,640.00 7.3 Not available Not available
vii. Other (specified below): Not available Not available Not available Not available
2" balls Not available n/a Not available Not available
5" balls Not available n/a Not available Not available
Anti-scalant 3 Not available Not available 118.48
Other types of oil (compressor oil, differential oil and others) Not available 143.55 Not available 2
Carbon Not available Not available Not available Not available
Compressor oil Not available Not available Not available Not available
Cutting oil Not available Not available Not available Not available
Diesel Not available 3,072.576 Not available 474,142.76
Engine oil Not available Not available Not available Not available
Ferric sulphate (Fe2(SO4)3) Not available Not available Not available Not available
Grease Not available 5.43 Not available Not available
Hydraulic oil Not available Not available Not available Not available
Kluber fluid Not available Not available Not available Not available
Motor/drill oil Not available Not available Not available Not available
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) 3,660.67 Not available Not available Not available
Transmission oil Not available Not available Not available Not available
b. Total weight or volume of any renewable materials used during the reporting period (tonnes): Not available Not available Not available Not available
i. Cyanide Not available 0 Not available Not available
ii. Other Not available 138 Not available Not available

Energy

Disclosure Number Disclosure Title Disclosure Requirement Disclosure Response
103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary a. An explanation of why the topic is material This topic is material because energy contributes to GHG production and is a significant operating cost.
b. The Boundary for the material topic, which includes a description of:
i. where the impacts occur; 
ii. the organization’s involvement with the impacts. For example, whether the organization has caused or contributed to the impacts, or is directly linked to the impacts through its business relationships
This topic boundary includes energy use at New Gold managed operations. Energy intensive activities include crushing, grinding, ventilation, pumping, transport, and drilling.
c. Any specific limitation regarding the topic Boundary The boundary for this topic is limited to the jurisdictions of our mining operations.
103-2 The management approach and its components a. An explanation of how the organization manages the topic Energy use is regularly tracked and assessed to identify opportunities to improve energy efficiency, reduce GHG emissions, and promote energy conservation and the use of renewable energy.
b. A statement of the purpose of the management approach As per the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative, the purpose of management of this topic is to:

Optimize energy use and promote use of renewable sources;
Comply with applicable regulatory requirements; and
Reduce operating costs.
c. A description of the following, if the management approach includes that component:
i. Policies
ii. Commitments
iii. Goals and targets
iv. Responsibilities
v. Resources
vi. Grievance mechanisms
vii. Specific actions, such as processes, projects, programs and initiatives
Environmental Management Standard and participation in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)
103-3 Evaluation of the management approach For each material topic, the reporting organization shall report the following information: 
a. An explanation of how the organization evaluates the management approach, including:
i. the mechanisms for evaluating the effectiveness of the management approach;
ii. the results of the evaluation of the management approach;
iii. any related adjustments to the management approach
As a MAC member, New Gold has endorsed the TSM Water Framework.

We participate in Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)
302-1

Energy consumption within the organization

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Rainy River New Afton Mesquite Cerro San Pedro
a. Total fuel consumption from non-renewable sources (listed below) during the reporting period, in GJ or appropriate unit:        
Diesel (L) 46,855,636 3,693,300 20,158,220 521,036
Gasoline (L) 1,885,577 114,000 262,302 45,610.41
Propane (L) 2,814,510 26,000 482,806 Not available
Natural gas (GJ) Not available 67,653 0 Not available
Fuel oil Not available Not available Not available Not available
Acetylene Not available Not available Not available Not available
Kerosene Not available Not available Not available Not available
Other Not available Not available Not available 13,408.42
Total Not available Not available Not available Not available
b. Total fuel consumption from renewable sources (listed below) during the reporting period, in GJ or appropriate unit: Not available Not available Not available Not available
Solar Not available Not available Not available Not available
c. In joules, watt-hours or multiples, the total: Not available Not available Not available Not available
Electricity consumption (GJ) 773,768.98 792,230.87 Not available 143,576.13
Heating consumption Not available Not available Not available Not available
Cooling consumption Not available Not available Not available Not available
Steam consumption Not available Not available Not available Not available
d. In joules, watt-hours or multiples, the total: Not available Not available Not available Not available
Heating sold Not available Not available Not available Not available
Cooling sold Not available Not available Not available Not available
Steam sold Not available Not available Not available Not available
e. Total energy consumption within the organization, in joules or multiples 2,723,354 1,005,984 Not available 163,815
f. Standards, methodologies, assumptions, and/or calculation tools used Not available Not available Not available Not available
g. Source of the conversion factors used Not available Not available Not available Not available
302-3

Energy intensity

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Rainy River New Afton Mesquite Cerro San Pedro
a. Energy intensity ratio for the organization: Information is unavailable
GJ/thousand tonnes of moved ore and waste 68.84 170.59 Not available Not available
GJ/thousand tonnes of treated ore 422.52 172.29 Not available Not available
GJ/thousand tonnes of mined ore 221.49 199.36 Not available Not available
GJ/tonnes of gold production 436,016 458,892 Not available 526,736.33
GJ/distance travelled (thousand km) Not available Not available Not available Not available
GJ/Full Time Equivalent (FTE) employees 3,993.19 2,429.91 Not available 1,092.10
GJ/thousand CAD revenue ($) 7.64 10.50 Not available Not available
GJ/thousand USD revenue ($) 9.93 13.64 Not available Not available
b. Organization-specific metric (the denominator) chosen to calculate the ratio:        
Thousand tonnes of moved ore and waste 39,563.05 5,896.92 Not available 0
Thousand tonnes of treated ore 6,445.54 5,353.91
Not available 0
Thousand tonnes of mined ore 12,295.86 5,838.97
Not available 0
Tonnes of gold production 6.24 2.19 Not available 0.31
Distance travelled (thousand km) Not available Not available Not available Not available
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) employees 682 414 Not available 152
Thousand CAD revenue ($) 356,648.84 95,794.77 Not available Information unavailable
Thousand USD revenue ($) 274,388.88 73,700 Not available Information unavailable
c. Types of energy included in the intensity ratio; whether fuel, electricity, heating, cooling, steam, or all Propane, natural gas, diesel, gasoline, electricity Propane, natural gas, diesel, gasoline, electricity Not available Diesel, gasoline, electricity
d. Whether the ratio uses energy consumption within the organization, outside of it, or both Within Within Not available Not available

Water

Disclosure Number Disclosure Title Disclosure Requirement Disclosure Response
103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary a. An explanation of why the topic is material Water is a key resource for the gold extraction process and is shared with our host communities. We must be responsible water stewards in our operations.
b. The Boundary for the material topic, which includes a description of:
i. where the impacts occur; 
ii. the organization’s involvement with the impacts. For example, whether the organization has caused or contributed to the impacts, or is directly linked to the impacts through its business relationships
This topic includes water used at all New Gold sites.
c. Any specific limitation regarding the topic Boundary The boundary for this topic is limited to the jurisdictions of our mining operations.
103-2 The management approach and its components a. An explanation of how the organization manages the topic New Gold is committed to water stewardship. Water quality and quantity are regularly monitored, including water treated and discharged as applicable. Every operation is expected to maintain a water management plan and associated water balance.
b. A statement of the purpose of the management approach The purpose of this topic is to comply with regulatory requirements, manage water resources and recycle and reuse for processing where applicable.
c. A description of the following, if the management approach includes that component:
i. Policies
ii. Commitments
iii. Goals and targets
iv. Responsibilities
v. Resources
vi. Grievance mechanisms
vii. Specific actions, such as processes, projects, programs and initiatives
Environmental Management Standard
103-3 Evaluation of the management approach For each material topic, the reporting organization shall report the following information: 
a. An explanation of how the organization evaluates the management approach, including:
i. the mechanisms for evaluating the effectiveness of the management approach;
ii. the results of the evaluation of the management approach;
iii. any related adjustments to the management approach
As a MAC member, New Gold has endorsed the TSM Water Framework.

No review on water was conducted in 2018. We participate in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
303-1

Water withdrawal by source

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Rainy River New Afton Mesquite Cerro San Pedro
a. Total volume of water withdrawn (m3) – the sum of all water drawn into the boundaries from all sources during the reporting period: 4,767,397 3,104,260 Not available 64,450
i. Surface water, including water from wetlands, rivers, lakes, and oceans 376,594 3,104,260 Not available 0
ii. Groundwater 413,803 0 483,874,000 64,450
iii. Rainwater collected directly and stored by the organization 3,977,000 0 Not available Not available
iv. Waste water from another organization 0 0 Not available 0
v. Municipal water supplies or other public or private water utilities 0 0 Not available 0
b. Standards, methodologies, and assumptions used Each New Gold site follows the standards and methodologies set out in the site-specific Environment Management System.
303-3

Water recycled and reused

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Rainy River New Afton Mesquite Cerro San Pedro
a. Total volume of water recycled and reused by the organization (m3) 6,100,313 13,014,298 All water is recycled in closed system. Losses are through entrainment or evaporation. 1,347
b. Total volume of water recycled and reused as a percentage of the total water withdrawal as specified in Disclosure 303-1 127% 76% 19,956,110.81 m3 (total water withdrawn is unavailable; therefore a percentage is unavailable). 2%
c. Standards, methodologies, and assumptions used Each New Gold site follows the standards and methodologies set out in the site-specific Environment Management System.

Biodiversity

Disclosure Number Disclosure Title Disclosure Requirement Disclosure Response
103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary a. An explanation of why the topic is material New Gold seeks to minimize the impact of our mining activities on the environment and biodiversity from exploration to closure.
b. The Boundary for the material topic, which includes a description of:
i. where the impacts occur; 
ii. the organization’s involvement with the impacts. For example, whether the organization has caused or contributed to the impacts, or is directly linked to the impacts through its business relationships
This topic is limited to the biodiversity aspects related to New Gold sites.
c. Any specific limitation regarding the topic Boundary The boundary for this topic is limited to the jurisdictions of our mining operations.
103-2 The management approach and its components a. An explanation of how the organization manages the topic New Gold recognizes that protecting biodiversity and sustaining healthy ecosystems is fundamental for the responsible environmental management of our operations. All sites and business development opportunities are expected to integrate biodiversity management and conservation to demonstrate our due diligence and ensure the reclamation of disturbed ecosystems.
b. A statement of the purpose of the management approach The purpose of this topic is to comply with regulatory requirements and to sustain healthy ecosystems through the lifespan of all operations.
c. A description of the following, if the management approach includes that component:
i. Policies
ii. Commitments
iii. Goals and targets
iv. Responsibilities
v. Resources
vi. Grievance mechanisms
vii. Specific actions, such as processes, projects, programs and initiatives
New Gold's Environment Management Standard includes a strategy for biodiversity that is reviewed on an annual basis. Biodiversity is managed at all stages of mine life.
103-3 Evaluation of the management approach For each material topic, the reporting organization shall report the following information: 
a. An explanation of how the organization evaluates the management approach, including:
i. the mechanisms for evaluating the effectiveness of the management approach;
ii. the results of the evaluation of the management approach;
iii. any related adjustments to the management approach
As a member of the Mining Association of Canada (MAC), New Gold adheres to the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) protocols at all our sites. The TSM protocols require that an external review be completed every three years that confirms the level of adherence with these protocols.
304-4

IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by operations

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Rainy River New Afton Mesquite Cerro San Pedro
Total number of IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by the operations of the organization, by level of extinction risk: 18 3 Not available Not available
i. Critically endangered Not available Not available
ii. Endangered Endangered: 0 0
iii. Vulnerable Threatened: 6 1
iv. Near threatened Special concern: 0 0
v. Least concern Not at risk: 12 2
MM1

Amount of land (owned or leased, and managed for production activities or extractive use) disturbed or rehabilitated

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Rainy River New Afton Mesquite Cerro San Pedro
Total land disturbed and not yet rehabilitated (in hectares) 2,953.4 378 The information is not available.
Total amount of land newly disturbed within the reporting period (in hectares) 700.10 10
Total amount of land newly rehabilitated within the reporting period to the agreed end use (in hectares) 26.90 0
MM2

The number and percentage of total sites identified as requiring biodiversity management plans according to stated criteria, and the number (percentage) of those sites with plans in place

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We have implemented the TSM Biodiversity Management Protocol, which requires the establishment of Biodiversity management plans across our operations. Currently, New Afton and Rainy River have a plan in place and Cerro San Pedro’s plan is under development.

Emissions

Disclosure Number Disclosure Title Disclosure Requirement Disclosure Response
103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary a. An explanation of why the topic is material Emissions from development, mining production and mineral processing activities have potential to affect air quality.
b. The Boundary for the material topic, which includes a description of:
i. where the impacts occur; 
ii. the organization’s involvement with the impacts. For example, whether the organization has caused or contributed to the impacts, or is directly linked to the impacts through its business relationships
This topic is limited to the emission aspects related to New Gold operations.
c. Any specific limitation regarding the topic Boundary The boundary for this topic is limited to the jurisdictions of our mining operations.
103-2 The management approach and its components a. An explanation of how the organization manages the topic Emissions are regularly tracked and assessed to identify opportunities to improve energy efficiency, reduce GHG emissions, and promote energy conservation.
b. A statement of the purpose of the management approach The purpose of this topic is to comply with regulatory requirements, quantify our impact by monitoring air quality and ensure effectiveness of any mitigation efforts to prevent any adverse effects as a result and to reduce emissions that contribute to climate change.
c. A description of the following, if the management approach includes that component:
i. Policies
ii. Commitments
iii. Goals and targets
iv. Responsibilities
v. Resources
vi. Grievance mechanisms
vii. Specific actions, such as processes, projects, programs and initiatives
Environmental Management Standard

We also participate in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)
103-3 Evaluation of the management approach For each material topic, the reporting organization shall report the following information: 
a. An explanation of how the organization evaluates the management approach, including:
i. the mechanisms for evaluating the effectiveness of the management approach;
ii. the results of the evaluation of the management approach;
iii. any related adjustments to the management approach
As a member of the Mining Association of Canada (MAC), New Gold adheres to the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) protocols at all our sites. The TSM protocols require that an external review be completed every three years that confirms the level of adherence with these protocols.
305-1

Direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions

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Rainy River New Afton Mesquite Cerro San Pedro
a. Total direct emissions of greenhouse gases (in metric tonnes of CO2 equivalent) from:     This information is not available.  
Waste 0 0 Not available Not available
Energy – Power plant 0 0 Not available Not available
Energy – Treatment plant 0 0 Not available Not available
Energy – Extraction 140,749  13,688.98 Not available Not available
Energy – Support activities Not available 40.67 Not available 29.43
Company owned vehicles – Operations Not available 0 Not available 1,293.62
Company owned vehicles – Support activities Not available 269.87 Not available 306.02
b. Gases included in the calculation (CO2, CH4, N2O, HFCs, PFCs, SF6, NF3, or all) CO2, CH4, and N2O CO2, CH4, and N2O Not available CO2, CH4, N2O, HFCs
c. Biogenic CO2 emissions in metric tons of CO2 equivalent) 0 0 Not available Not available
d. Base year for the calculation, if applicable, including: This information is unavailable.
i. the rationale for choosing it
ii. emissions in the base year
iii. the context for any significant changes in emissions (in tCO2e) that triggered recalculations of base year emissions
e. Report source of the emission factors and the global warming potential (GWP) rates used, or a reference to the GWP source Canada's greenhouse gas quantification requirements, greenhouse gas reporting program December 2018 and http://gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2019/2019-01-19/html/notice-avis-eng.html Canada's greenhouse gas quantification requirements, greenhouse gas reporting program December 2018 and http://gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2019/2019-01-19/html/notice-avis-eng.html Greenhouse quantification in accordance with Mexican reporting guidelines.
f. Consolidation approach for emissions; whether equity share, financial control, or operational control
g. Standards, methodologies, assumptions, and/or calculation tools used Each New Gold site follows the standards and methodologies set out in the site-specific Environment Management System.
305-2

Energy indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissions

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Rainy River New Afton Mesquite Cerro San Pedro
a. Total location-based energy indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissions from the generation of electricity, heating, cooling, and steaming which was consumed by the organization (in metric tons of CO2) 0 Not available Not available Not available
b. If applicable, total market-based energy indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissions in metric tons of CO2 equivalent 0 Not available Not available 18,107.99
c. If available, the gases included in the calculation; whether CO2, CH4, N2O, HFCs, PFCs, SF6, NF3, or all 0 Not available Not available Not available
d. Indicate base year for the calculation, if applicable, including:
i. the rationale for choosing it Not available Not available Not available Not available
ii. emissions in the base year Not available Not available Not available Not available
iii. the context for any significant changes in emissions that triggered recalculations of base year emissions Not available Not available Not available Not available
e. Report source of the emission factors and the global warming potential (GWP) rates used, or a reference to the GWP source Canada's greenhouse gas quantification requirements, greenhouse gas reporting program December 2018 and http://gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2019/2019-01-19/html/notice-avis-eng.html Canada's greenhouse gas quantification requirements, greenhouse gas reporting program December 2018 and http://gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2019/2019-01-19/html/notice-avis-eng.html Greenhouse quantification in accordance with Mexican reporting guidelines and factors
f. Report consolidation approach for emissions; whether equity share, financial control, or operational control Not available Not available Not available Not available
g. Report standards, methodologies, assumptions, and/or calculation tools used Not available Not available Not available Not available
305-4

GHG emissions intensity

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Rainy River New Afton Mesquite Cerro San Pedro
a. GHG emissions intensity ratio for the organization This information is not available.
i. Total GHG emissions (in tonnes of CO2e) 140,749.32 13,999.51 Not available 19,737.07
ii. GHG intensity – Mill (kg CO2e/tonne milled) 21.83 2.61 Not available Not available
iii. GHG intensity – Mine (kg CO2e/tonne moved) 3.55 2.37 Not available Not available
b. Organization-specific metric (the denominator) chosen to calculate the ratio
i. Thousand tonnes of treated (milled) ore 6,445.54 5,353.91 Not available Not available
ii. Thousand tonnes of moved ore and waste 39,563.05 5,896.92 Not available Not available
c. Types of GHG emissions included in the intensity ratio; whether direct (Scope 1), energy indirect (Scope 2), and/or other indirect (Scope 3)
d. Gases included in the calculation; whether CO2, CH4, N2O, HFCs, PFCs, SF6, NF3, or all Not available CO2, CH4, and N2O Not available CO2, CH4, N2O, HFCs

Effluents and Waste

Disclosure Number Disclosure Title Disclosure Requirement Disclosure Response
103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary a. An explanation of why the topic is material We monitor the waste and tailings produced as well as the quality of final effluent during mining operations and through closure.
b. The Boundary for the material topic, which includes a description of:
i. where the impacts occur; 
ii. the organization’s involvement with the impacts. For example, whether the organization has caused or contributed to the impacts, or is directly linked to the impacts through its business relationships
This topic includes all New Gold operations and projects.
c. Any specific limitation regarding the topic Boundary As a member of the Mining Association of Canada (MAC), New Gold adheres to the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) protocols at all our sites. The TSM protocols require that an external review be completed every three years that confirms the level of adherence with these protocols. An internal review was conducted on tailings and a TSM audit was conducted in 2018. The results of the audit are currently being reviewed to identify areas for improvement.
103-1 c.

Tailings Facility Details

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New Afton Rainy River
New Afton tailings storage facility Pothook tailings storage facility Historic Afton tailings storage facility Rainy River tailings management area
Tailings facility
  • Dam A
  • Dam B
  • Dam C
  • South Dam
  • West Dam
  • Pothook Dam
  • West Dam
  • East Dam
  • Cell 1: TMA West Dam, TMA South Dam and Cell 1 Dam (internal)
  • Cell 2: TMA South Dam, TMA North Dam, TMA West Dam and Cell 2 Dam (internal)
  • Cell 3: TMA North Dam, TMA West Dam and TMA South Dam
Location 50.648308N
120.509096W
50.653656N
 120.504666W
50.65000N
 120.33333W
  • Cell 1: 48.85757N
    94.06726W
  • Cell 2: 48.86648N
    94.06353W
  • Cell 3: 48.85860N
    94.04281W
Construction method
  • Dam A - Centerline
  • Dam B - Centerline
  • Dam C - Centerline
  • South Dam - Downstream
  • West Dam - Centerline
  • Pothook Dam - Downstream
  • West Dam - Downstream
  • East Dam - Downstream
  • TMA West Dam: Centerline
  • TMA North Dam: Centerline
  • TMA South Dam: Centerline
  • Cell 1 Dam: Centerline
  • Cell 2 Dam: Centerline
Status Active Active Care and maintenance
  • Cell 1: Active
  • Cell 2: Active
  • Cell 3: Active
Current maximum height 37 m 10 m 70 m 12 m
Current storage impoundment volume 21,300,000 m3 2,650,000 m3 33,000,000 m3 7,780,000 m3
Most recent dam safety inspection by engineer of record  2018 2018  2018 2019
Most recent dam safety review 2017 2018 2018 New facility; first review expected 2022
Most recent ITRB review 2019 2019 2019 2019

Disclosure Number Disclosure Title Disclosure Requirement Disclosure Response
103-2 The management approach and its components a. An explanation of how the organization manages the topic As a member of the Mining Association of Canada (MAC), New Gold is committed to implementing the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) performance system at each of its sites in Canada (which includes both sites with tailings facilities). This includes the TSM Tailings Management Protocol, which sets out best practices in the area.

New Gold’s tailings management practices include the following important features:

  • Design: The design of New Gold’s tailings facilities takes into account the climatic and ground conditions at each site. For example, our tailings facilities are designed to consider significant natural events, such as the probable maximum flood, so that the tailings can be safely contained in the event of extreme weather or seismic events.

  • Operations practices: Each site has an operations, surveillance and maintenance manual (OMS Manual) which sets out, among other things, how the site’s tailings facilities will be operated and maintained in order to ensure that they function in accordance with their respective design performance objectives, as well as regulatory and corporate policy obligations.

  • Risk assessments: Each site conducts regular risk reviews that include tailings-related risks, the key results of which are reported to corporate management at least annually.

  • Engineer of record: Each site has appointed a qualified external professional engineer and their firm to be the engineer of record for its tailings facilities.

  • Surveillance technology: Sites use surveillance systems, such as piezometers, inclinometers, remote sensing and other technologies to monitor tailings dams and water levels. The OMS Manual sets out early-warning trigger and alert levels, facilitating early identification and management of potential dam stability concerns.

  • Inspections by personnel: The company’s tailings facilities are regularly inspected by trained New Gold employees – sometimes as frequently as several times a day.

  • Dam safety inspections: Formal dam safety inspections are conducted at least annually by the engineer of record. Recommendations made by the engineer of record are tracked to ensure follow-through by site personnel.

  • Dam safety reviews: Each facility is subject to detailed third-party external dam safety reviews every five years, comprising a review of the design basis, construction and performance.

  • Independent reviews: The company has an independent technical review board (ITRB) to provide independent, expert advice regarding the technical aspects of our tailings facilities. The ITRB meets at least twice per year to review information about tailings management practices at each facility.

  • Emergency preparedness: Each site has a detailed emergency response plan, which is regularly reviewed and updated.
b. A statement of the purpose of the management approach The purpose of management of this topic is to:

Comply with applicable regulatory requirements;

Ensure waste streams are handled, stored and transported appropriately to prevent accidental release to the surrounding environment;

Quantify our impact by monitoring water quality to ensure effectiveness of any mitigation measures implemented to prevent any adverse effects as a result of our mining activities.
c. A description of the following, if the management approach includes that component:
i. Policies
ii. Commitments
iii. Goals and targets
iv. Responsibilities
v. Resources
vi. Grievance mechanisms
vii. Specific actions, such as processes, projects, programs and initiatives
See 103-2 section (a)
103-3 Evaluation of the management approach For each material topic, the reporting organization shall report the following information: 
a. An explanation of how the organization evaluates the management approach, including:
i. the mechanisms for evaluating the effectiveness of the management approach;
ii. the results of the evaluation of the management approach;
iii. any related adjustments to the management approach
As a member of the Mining Association of Canada (MAC), New Gold adheres to the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) protocols at all our sites. The TSM protocols require that an external review be completed every three years that confirms the level of adherence with these protocols.

Tailings Management
306-3

Significant spills

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Rainy River New Afton Mesquite Cerro San Pedro
a. Total number and total volume of recorded significant spills (m3) 26 2 Information not available. Information not available.
b. The following additional information for each spill that was reported in the organization’s financial statements: N/A
i. Location of spill Information about each spill was reported to regulators. 1. Underground
2. Greywater pipeline west of the Surface Workshop within District Lot 2017
iii. Material of spill, categorized by: oil spills (soil or water surfaces), fuel spills (soil or water surfaces), spills of wastes (soil or water surfaces), spills of chemicals (mostly soil or water surfaces), and other (to be specified by the organization) Information about each spill was reported to regulators. 1. Hydraulic oil (200L)
2. Combination of greywater, freshwater, and process water (20,00L)
c. Impacts of significant spills None None
306-4

Transport of hazardous waste

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Rainy River New Afton Mesquite Cerro San Pedro
a. Total weight of hazardous waste (tonnes): Information not available. Information not available.
i. Hazardous waste transported 1,338 0
ii. Hazardous waste imported 0 0
iii. Hazardous waste exported 1,338 24
iv. Hazardous waste treated 0
b. Percentage of hazardous waste shipped internationally 0% 0%
c. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used Figure does not include waste for which volume rather than mass was provided; i.e. 165,026.9L waste oil, 300L glycol anti-freeze, 410L waste fuel, 355L parts washer waste, and 590L waste oily water
306-5

Water bodies affected by water discharges and/or runoff

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Rainy River New Afton Mesquite Cerro San Pedro
a. Water bodies and related habitats that are significantly affected by water discharges and/or runoff, including information on: No water body was significantly impacted by discharges in 2018 No water body was significantly impacted by discharges in 2018 Information not available. No water body was impacted by discharges in 2018
i. the size of the water body and related habitat
ii. whether the water body and related habitat is designated as a nationally or internationally protected area
iii. the biodiversity value, such as total number of protected species
MM3

Total amounts of overburden, rock, tailings, and sludges and their associated risks

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Rainy River New Afton Mesquite Cerro San Pedro
Total amount of overburden (waste rock) generated during the year (in tonnes) 27,267,191 57,946 Information not available. Information not available.
Describe the risks associated with overburden (including waste rock) Certain amount is PAG (potentially acid generating) Certain amount is PAG (potentially acid generating)
Total amount of tailings (including sludges) generated during the year (in tonnes) 7,685,134 5,214,600
Describe the risks associated with tailings More information about our tailings can be found on our tailings page

Environmental Compliance

Disclosure Number Disclosure Title Disclosure Requirement Disclosure Response
103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary a. An explanation of why the topic is material As per our Environmental Management Standards, we are committed to establishing site operating standards and procedures to enable practices designed to meet or exceed relevant laws and regulations, New Gold's environmental and social management and closure plans. We are vigilant about compliance and ensure any non-compliance is remediated swiftly.
b. The Boundary for the material topic, which includes a description of:
i. where the impacts occur; 
ii. the organization’s involvement with the impacts. For example, whether the organization has caused or contributed to the impacts, or is directly linked to the impacts through its business relationships
This topic includes all New Gold sites.
c. Any specific limitation regarding the topic Boundary The boundary for this topic is limited to the jurisdictions of our mining operations.
103-2 The management approach and its components a. An explanation of how the organization manages the topic Sites are expected to meet or exceed relevant environmental laws.
b. A statement of the purpose of the management approach The purpose of this topic is to comply with applicable regulatory requirements and promote accountability and transparency.
c. A description of the following, if the management approach includes that component:
i. Policies
ii. Commitments
iii. Goals and targets
iv. Responsibilities
v. Resources
vi. Grievance mechanisms
vii. Specific actions, such as processes, projects, programs and initiatives
Tailings Management Policy and Environmental Management Standard
103-3 Evaluation of the management approach For each material topic, the reporting organization shall report the following information: 
a. An explanation of how the organization evaluates the management approach, including:
i. the mechanisms for evaluating the effectiveness of the management approach;
ii. the results of the evaluation of the management approach;
iii. any related adjustments to the management approach
As per New Gold’s Community Engagement and Development Management Standard, a community and stakeholder engagement plan is required for all of our sites to ensure feedback can be received and considered.

A formal grievance mechanism is in place for dealing with complaints and/or concerns from external stakeholders. Stakeholders are well informed of the grievance mechanism which is easily accessible. The Company reports back to communities periodically with the outcomes of the grievances filed. Senior management reviews the engagement system and results annually.
307-1

Non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations

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Rainy River New Afton Mesquite Cerro San Pedro
a. Significant fines and non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and/or regulations in terms of: No significant fines or non-monetary sanctions were imposed in 2018. New Gold defines a significant fine as anything above $100,000 CDN (exclusive of fees and surcharges)
i. total monetary value of significant fines (USD); 0 0 0 0
ii. total number of non-monetary sanctions; 0 0 0 0
iii. cases brought through dispute resolution mechanisms 0 0 0 0
b. If the organization has not identified any non-compliance with environmental laws and/or regulations, a brief statement of this fact is sufficient New Gold is in compliance, in all material respects, with environmental laws and regulations at all sites.