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Friday, October 16


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Rio Tinto, Geocycle Canada and Lafarge Canada partner for circular economy project

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MONTREAL, Oct. 16, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto, Geocycle Canada and leading construction materials company Lafarge Canada are working together to reuse waste from the aluminium smelting process to make cement. Geocycle Canada, a Lafarge Canada subsidiary, and Rio Tinto have developed a new product called Alextra, made from used potlining, as part of the aluminium electrolysis process that would otherwise go to landfill. Lafarge Canada will produce on average one million tonnes of cement a year at its facilities in Bath, Ontario, using Alextra as an alternative to raw materials such as alumina and silica, which are commonly refined or mined for use in the manufacturing of cement. Geocycle Canada senior manager Travis Smith explains: "As a global leader in building materials, we are committed to living up to the responsibility of helping to create a zero waste future. In order to achieve this goal, we need progressive partners such as Rio Tinto, and we look forward to what the future holds as we work to reduce our demand on virgin materials and deliver sustainable products."

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Tuesday, October 06


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Rio Tinto and AB InBev partner to deliver more sustainable beer can

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Beer drinkers will soon be able to enjoy their favourite brew out of cans that are not only infinitely recyclable, but made from responsibly produced, low-carbon aluminium. Rio Tinto Aluminium chief executive Alf Barrios said "This partnership will deliver cans for AB InBev’s customers that pair low carbon, responsibly produced aluminium with recycled aluminium. We look forward to working with AB InBev to continue our leadership on responsible aluminium, bringing transparency and traceability across the supply chain to meet consumer expectations for sustainable packaging." Rio Tinto is an industry leader in responsible aluminium production, with operations in Canada run on 100% renewable hydropower. Looking to the future, ELYSIS, Rio Tinto’s partnership with Alcoa supported by Apple and the governments of Canada and Quebec, is further developing a revolutionary new direct greenhouse emissions free aluminium smelting technology.

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Monday, September 28


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Rio Tinto ready for Bougainville mine talks

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Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto says it is ready to talk to stakeholders over allegations of human rights breaches at a giant copper mine in Bougainville it formerly owned. “We are ready to enter into discussions with the communities that have filed the complaint,” Rio Tinto said on Tuesday, adding it would also talk to current mine owners and the Bougainville and Papua New Guinea governments. The complaint, backed by 156 community members, was filed on Tuesday to the Australian OECD National Contact Point by Melbourne’s Human Rights Law Centre. Rio Tinto subsidiary Bougainville Copper ran the Panguna copper and gold mine in Papua New Guinea from the early 1970s to 1990 when it was abandoned during a civil war largely fought over how mine profits should be shared.

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Friday, September 25


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Aboriginal group says Rio Tinto ignored pleas to save sacred cave from blast

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Aboriginal group says Rio Tinto ignored pleas to save sacred cave from blast. MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Rio Tinto Ltd. <RIO.AX> ignored repeated requests from traditional owners for sacred Australian rockshelters to be protected in the months before the site was blasted during a mine expansion, an Indigenous group said on Friday. Representatives of the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura (PKKP) peoples sent communications as early as 2008, setting out the importance of the site before preservation efforts picked up in the months before the blast - but they went unheeded, the group said in a submission to a government enquiry. "We are extremely angry that, over an extended period, Rio Tinto did not act on our input nor the input of specialist archaeologists and anthropologists relating to the cultural importance of the Juukan Gorge rockshelters," the group said.

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Tuesday, September 22


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Rio Tinto to develop bonded area operations for blending iron ore at Dalian port

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U.S. Rio Tinto to develop bonded area operations for blending iron ore at Dalian port. (Reuters) - Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto (RIO.AX) has signed a pact to jointly develop its first bonded area operations to blend iron ore in China's port of Dalian, the company said on Tuesday, as it moves to widen offerings for customers across Asia. The MoU with Dalian Port Co Ltd allows Rio Tinto to also use the Chinese port as a transhipment hub, the company said, adding that it could help better serve steel mills in North China. Dalian port has blended over 46 million tonnes of iron ore within its bonded area since 2016 when it first started the operation, the most among Chinese ports, as per the statement.

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Monday, September 14


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Rio Tinto Turns Cultural Vandal: The Destruction Of The Juukan Gorge Caves

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The explosive eradication of two Aboriginal sites in West Australia’s Juukan Gorge in May, said to be 46,000 years old, moved Peter Stone, the UNESCO chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace, to call it “a black day for us all”. Commentators in the field of mining are brimming with explanations as to why Rio Tinto turned cultural vandal. News about the imminent destruction of the Juukan Gorge caves might have intruded upon the executive for corporate relations or the chief executive. But the watch-dog failed to bark, largely because the focus of indigenous relations was, to put it mildly, minor. The media release of the report noted that legal authority to destroy the Juukan rock shelters had been obtained; it merely “fell short of the Standards and internal guidance that Rio Tinto sets for itself, over and above its legal obligations.” The findings of the review revealed “no single root cause or error that directly resulted in the destruction of the rock shelters.” Blame the systems, data sharing, engagement with the PKKP, poor decisions over time. But the vandal, in all of this, should be spared.

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COLUMN-Rio, other miners, should adopt 10th man to reform boards: Russell

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(Reuters) - Rio Tinto's board may have stemmed the bleeding of the mining giant's public image with the belated dumping of Chief Executive Jean-Sébastien Jacques after a widely-panned initial punishment for blowing up two significant Aboriginal rockshelters. The company's board initially responded by cutting the bonuses of Jacques and the other executives, apologising and promising new procedures to ensure something similar didn't happen again. But these moves were condemned by investors and activists as a mere slap on the wrist, and a sign that Rio still didn't really understand the importance of community relations. The independent directors of Rio include three people with investment banking backgrounds, four from oil and gas, one geologist, one former public servant/diplomat and one academic, with a background in public policy. It may well be the case that there was vigorous and heated discussion among Rio's directors, but the initial response showed they didn't understand the depth of the problem they were dealing with. What the board probably needed was somebody akin to the Israeli "tenth man" theory, a so-called devil's advocate who is able to present a completely contrarian position to what the rest of the board may think. But for such a director to function effectively, they would have to come from a background very different to the majority of Rio's current independent directors.

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Saturday, September 12


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Gold Fields reviewing approvals given at Australian sites after Rio Tinto cave blast

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Rio Tinto said earlier on Friday chief executive Jean-Sébastien Jacques and two other executives would step down following an outcry over its decision in May to detonate part of an ancient gorge that showed 46,000 years of human habitation. Gold Fields, which has operations in Australia including its Granny Smith and Gruyere mines, said it was already acting in response to the situation its rival had found itself in. "As a result of the Rio incident, two months ago we initiated a review of previous legal approvals that each Australian site had received from the regulator," Gold Fields spokesman Sven Lunsche said in response to questions from Reuters on its approach to the heritage issue. "We have also undertaken a review of the gaps identified in Gold Fields' heritage management processes as part of a critical control audit in late 2019, with a particular focus on relationships with Aboriginal stakeholders," Lunsche said.

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Friday, September 11


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Gold Fields reviewing approvals given at Australian sites after Rio Tinto cave blast

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Rio Tinto said earlier on Friday chief executive Jean-Sébastien Jacques and two other executives would step down following an outcry over its decision in May to detonate part of an ancient gorge that showed 46,000 years of human habitation. Gold Fields, which has operations in Australia including its Granny Smith and Gruyere mines, said it was already acting in response to the situation its rival had found itself in. "As a result of the Rio incident, two months ago we initiated a review of previous legal approvals that each Australian site had received from the regulator," Gold Fields spokesman Sven Lunsche said in response to questions from Reuters on its approach to the heritage issue. "We have also undertaken a review of the gaps identified in Gold Fields' heritage management processes as part of a critical control audit in late 2019, with a particular focus on relationships with Aboriginal stakeholders," Lunsche said.

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Rio Tinto CEO resigns after destruction of heritage site

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Stay Updated on Developing Stories. Rio Tinto CEO resigns after destruction of heritage site Rio Tinto CEO Jean-Sébastien Jacques resigned under pressure from investors over the company's destruction of a 46,000-year-old sacred Indigenous site in Australia to expand an iron ore mine. CNN's Angus Watson reports.

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