Robert Archer
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Robert Archer
President and CEO
Great Panther Silver

In 2016, we were given an award in recognition of our sustainability programs from CEMEFI, which marks the sixth consecutive year we have received this honor. At Guanajuato, the mine is in the middle of the city so we really have to work very closely with the local communities. The most important aspect a company must consider when working in close proximity to a city is ensuring it is a good corporate citizen. This includes the way it treats employees, respect for the environment and integration with the community. At the San Ignacio mine right outside the city, the communities are more rural and some do not even have access to drinking water. We are working with them to provide access to these facilities and we are implementing education programs based on recycling, hygiene and other relevant topics.

MMR asked industry leaders about the main obstacles to creating a healthy relationship with these communities and what best practices they use.
Fernando Alanís
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Fernando Alanís
Director General
Industrias Peñoles

In 1999, we became concerned about the availability and cost of energy in Mexico and given that energy represents around 40 percent of our expenses, we started to look at how we could lower costs. We made a strategic decision to integrate our energy supply and start generating our own electricity. In 2016, a total of 81 percent of the energy we consumed was generated in-house. Most of this comes from the petcoke thermal plant in San Luis Potosi, which generates 230MW, and the two wind plants in Oaxaca that generate over 40MW. We also have natural gas turbines in Laguna del Rey, Coahuila and a steam generator in Torreon. There is a new energy law in Mexico that will require companies to procure at least 30 percent of their energy from sustainable sources by 2025. Peñoles has already reached that landmark, because we are convinced of the need for sustainable development.

Although the five-year downturn in commodity prices finally came to an end in 2015
Manolo Espinoza
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Manolo Espinoza
Manolo Espinoza
Mine Director
ArcelorMittal

ArcelorMittal operates six facilities in three ports in Mexico. With a steel production capacity of more than 6.5 million t/y and employing more than 8,000 individuals, we are the largest employer in Michoacan state and the Lazaro Cardenas municipality. In 2016 ArcelorMittal Mexico produced 3.11 million tons of steel. Mexico has faced significant challenges in sustainable development in recent years, in being a trusted user of air, land and water, finding more ways to use energy efficiently, and ensuring we have the skills to continue to innovate with the next generation. Production from our Volcan mine in Mexico was unfortunately suspended in October 2015 because of the low iron ore price environment. But we expect shipments to increase in 2017 as we have now restarted production, which increases our capacity by 2 million tons.

In 2016, Mexico ranked 10th on the list of copper producers, fifth for zinc, sixth for lead and 13th for steel.
 Manolo Espinoza
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Manolo Espinoza
Mine Director
ArcelorMittal
ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel and mining company. Guided by a philosophy to produce safe, sustainable steel.
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