Enhancing Access to Information, Community Engagement, and Environmental and Social Performance in the Andean Region through IRMA

This work addresses the following SDGs:

May 2022

As the international community increases action on climate to meet targets under the Paris Agreement, there is focus on multiple levels to speed up the transition to low-carbon energy production. This transition is increasing pressure for industrial scale mining to produce materials used in batteries, wind turbines, solar panels, transportation, and other low-carbon energy technologies.

Mining of these materials impacts communities, workers, and the environment on a vast scale that is felt across regions in the Andes. There is increasing recognition that the transition to a green economy must include addressing social, environmental and governance impacts where raw materials are sourced. These can be enabled by timely public access to information about performance at the mine site level, made available in user-friendly formats.

In 2020, the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) with the support of the MinSus project of the German Development Cooperation and the advice of CooperAcción came together to: 1) review the level of access to information on environmental and social impacts mining sector in Peru, 2) collect information requests from communities impacted by mining in two mining regions of the country. In addition, IRMA and MinSus evaluated 3) how the IRMA voluntary sustainability standard could help fill identified gaps in access to information. Although this project has focused on a specific region of Peru, the results serve to further understand how IRMA can better inform local stakeholders about the footprint of impacts of mining projects in their territories.