Rouillier Drilling has received ECOLOGO Certification

Rouillier Drilling has received ECOLOGO Certification
23 October 2019

As a service provider in the mining exploration sector, we are very pleased to be the pioneers in obtaining the first certification for UL 2724: ECOLOGO Certification Program for Suppliers of Mineral Exploration Industry. We are very excited about this accomplishment and look forward to continuing to make this certification a key standard in mining exploration.

Pioneers in certification

In collaboration with the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association (AEMQ), Rouillier Drilling was part of the process to develop a standard and obtain certification in mining exploration since 2013. This initiative is a world first in the sector. The certification initiative was created in response to mining exploration stakeholders’ and investors’ concerns regarding compliance with environmental standards and the social acceptability of projects.

 

Two types of programs have been developed:

  • UL 2723: ECOLOGO certification program for mining exploration companies
  • UL 2724: ECOLOGO certification program for service providers in the mining exploration sector

A clear need

The launch of the first certification for companies in the mining exploration sector has arrived at the right time. Social responsibility is becoming a growing concern in the business world, including in mining exploration companies. Mario Rouillier, President and CEO of Rouillier Drilling, has said that this approach has confirmed the importance of the environmental practices they already apply on a daily basis, by demonstrating a concern for the environment that will ensure continuity for future generations. “These practices, which have been part of our corporate values from the beginning, also help promote a more attractive image while setting us apart from the competition. These actions and this certification will also reassure local and indigenous communities and create jobs. What’s more, certification will have the distinct advantage of establishing rigour in practices, which will introduce new standards on how to approach a project and carry it out properly from start to finish.”

Origins and support for certification

Launched by UL, a leading safety science organization, these first programs for the mining exploration sector aims to recognize and promote environmental, economic and social best practices.

This project was initiated by the QMEA in partnership with the Government of Quebec, the MISA Group, the UQAT-UQAM Chair in Mining Entrepreneurship—which was at the origin of the development of the standard—and UL, which now oversees the program. The certification program is available to Quebec companies and will soon be available to companies operating across Canada.

Mathieu Savard, Chairman of the QMEA Board of Directors, explained that “implementing a mineral exploration certification adds value to the development of our companies by applying and improving environmental, social and economic practices, all of which will greatly contribute to the success of a project. The data collected during the certification process will meet the responsible practices requirements of investors and project partners.”

The QMEA will support mineral exploration companies and their service providers in the process of adhering to the standard. This will reduce learning time, both in the field and at the administrative level. Companies’ efforts and attention to detail will promote their success in their processes.