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Silvercorp to Highlight Innovative Waste Reduction Initiatives in Upcoming Annual Sustainability Report

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Silvercorp Chairman and CEO, Dr. Rui Feng, commented, “As part of our commitment to safety, efficiency, and environmental stewardship, we are pleased to introduce technology that converts solid wastes such as tailings and waste rock into resources. Our management of waste generated from the Company’s mines is integral to the strategic land reclamation activities and reducing the costs and liabilities associated with waste management. We are proud to integrate innovative sustainable development initiatives at our operations.”

Background  

A billion tonnes of tailings and waste rock are generated each year in China and produce a series of environmental issues, such as land usage, vegetation destruction, and air pollution. The mining activities at the Ying Mining District have historically produced volumes of waste rock that require a substantial amount of land for storage. Through the use of a treatment plant, waste rock can be converted to sand and gravel aggregate thereby reducing the consumption of primary resources, land, environmental risks, and overall costs.

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In April 2020, Silvercorp, in conjunction with Luoning City Investment Company, commenced construction of a one million tonne per year aggregate waste rock treatment plant. The plant was designed to reduce the Ying Mining District’s surface waste rock impoundments on-site and maximize the recovery and recycling processes. Silvercorp provided approximately USD$4.4 million to construct the plant and will recoup its capital costs prior to the plant’s profits being distributed to the partners, providing an additional economic benefit to the local community through the commercialization of the sand and gravel for the construction industry of Luoning County and neighbouring areas. The aggregate production line was officially commissioned in April 2021.

Technology, Innovation, and the Environment

The development of a low-carbon system that reduces waste, land use, and costs was a key consideration in improving the waste rock management practices at the Ying Mining District. Adherence to high national and provincial standards for emissions guided the construction and design of the plant. As a result, the Company is pleased to report that the plant will be classified as an “ultra-low emission” facility. In building the plant, the main goal was to maximize the recovery and recycling processes through efficient development. Key processes of the plant include: a vertical shaft impact crusher, an automated PLC1 production control system, and a fully enclosed production line.

History of Community Collaboration and Waste Reduction – GC Mine

At Silvercorp’s GC Mine in Guangdong Province, waste rock recycling processes have been in place since the mine’s construction. The GC mine has not accumulated any waste rock in surface stockpiles, as over 90% of the waste rock produced is donated to the local community for processing at their aggregate production facilities, with the balance being used as backfill. Silvercorp has also purchased the end products for its construction projects periodically. In addition, in Q3 Fiscal 2021, Silvercorp completed the construction of a paste backfill plant at the GC mine at a cost of USD$1.5 million, where approximately 40% of the mine’s dewatered tailings are mixed with cement and pumped underground to fill mined out stopes, with the balance stored in a dry stack tailings management facility.  This investment enables the GC mine to return a significant portion of the tailings back underground as fill for mined out areas, which is expected to reduce the future costs and risks associated with the operation of above ground tailings facilities.


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Future Waste Reduction Initiatives Under Investigation

In Q4 Fiscal 2021, Henan Found Mining Co. Ltd., Silvercorp’s subsidiary in the Ying Mining District, was recognized as a High and New Technology Enterprise “HNTE” at the national level.  Silvercorp continues to investigate innovative ways to operate more efficiently and sustainably, with the goal of reducing the consumption of inputs (electricity, fossil fuels, etc.) and the generation of wastes (solid, liquid, gaseous, etc.).  One example is a current study underway investigating the potential use of mine tailings in the manufacturing of certain ceramic products.

About Silvercorp

Silvercorp is a profitable Canadian mining company producing silver, lead and zinc metals in concentrates from mines in China. The Company’s goal is to continuously create healthy returns to shareholders through efficient management, organic growth and the acquisition of profitable projects. Silvercorp balances profitability, social and environmental relationships, employees’ wellbeing, and sustainable development. For more information, please visit our website at www.silvercorp.ca

CAUTIONARY DISCLAIMER – FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain of the statements and information in this news release constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian provincial securities laws (collectively, “forward-looking statements”). Any statements or information that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as “expects”, “is expected”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “plans”, “projects”, “estimates”, “assumes”, “intends”, “strategies”, “targets”, “goals”, “forecasts”, “objectives”, “budgets”, “schedules”, “potential” or variations thereof or stating that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved, or the negative of any of these terms and similar expressions) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements relate to, among other things: the price of silver and other metals; the accuracy of mineral resource and mineral reserve estimates at the Company’s material properties; the sufficiency of the Company’s capital to finance the Company’s operations; estimates of the Company’s revenues and capital expenditures; estimated production from the Company’s mines in the Ying Mining District and the GC Mine; timing of receipt of permits and regulatory approvals; availability of funds from production to finance the Company’s operations; and access to and availability of funding for future construction, use of proceeds from any financing and development of the Company’s properties.

Forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, risks relating to: social and economic impacts of COVID-19; fluctuating commodity prices; calculation of resources, reserves and mineralization and precious and base metal recovery; interpretations and assumptions of mineral resource and mineral reserve estimates; exploration and development programs; feasibility and engineering reports; permits and licences; title to properties; property interests; joint venture partners; acquisition of commercially mineable mineral rights; financing; recent market events and conditions; economic factors affecting the Company; timing, estimated amount, capital and operating expenditures and economic returns of future production; integration of future acquisitions into the Company’s existing operations; competition; operations and political conditions; regulatory environment in China and Canada; environmental risks; foreign exchange rate fluctuations; insurance; risks and hazards of mining operations; key personnel; conflicts of interest; dependence on management; internal control over financial reporting; and bringing actions and enforcing judgments under U.S. securities laws.

This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of the Company’s forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements about the future and are inherently uncertain, and actual achievements of the Company or other future events or conditions may differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements due to a variety of risks, uncertainties and other factors, including, without limitation, those referred to in the Company’s Annual Information Form for the year ended March 31, 2021 under the heading “Risk Factors”.  Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated, described or intended. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.  

The Company’s forward-looking statements are based on the assumptions, beliefs, expectations and opinions of management as of the date of this news release, and other than as required by applicable securities laws, the Company does not assume any obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management’s assumptions, beliefs, expectations or opinions should change, or changes in any other events affecting such statements. For the reasons set forth above, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

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People’s Daily Online: uma pesquisa do Instituto de Zoologia de Kumming mostrou um aumento estável da população de pavões verdes, uma espécie ameaçada de extinção

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O pavão verde é uma espécie de ave nativa da China. Ela foi listada como espécie ameaçada de extinção em 1988, como vulnerável em 1994, e foi atualizada para espécie ameaçada em 2009 na Lista vermelha de espécies ameaçadas da IUCN.

Para proteger e salvar o pavão verde selvagem, o governo de Yunnan o listou como uma “Espécie com população minúscula” na província de Yunnan em 2009, destinou fundos especiais e adotou uma série de medidas para fortalecer a proteção do pavão verde e do seu habitat. Enquanto isso, o trabalho de construção de uma base de inseminação artificial com a ajuda do centro de reprodução e resgate da vida selvagem de Yunnan e a realização de pesquisas sobre inseminação artificial com a cooperação de unidades de pesquisa científica relevantes alcançaram sucesso preliminar. Depois que o número da população de pavões verdes gerados por inseminação artificial atingir um determinado nível, a domesticação no campo e outros trabalhos serão iniciados, e também serão elaborados planos para soltar o pavão verde na área de distribuição em potencial.

Graças às medidas de proteção eficazes, a população do pavão verde está estável e aumentando. Os dados mostram que Yunnan tinha cerca de 485 a 547 pavões verdes em 2018, e 555 a 600 indivíduos de 2019 a 2021. Entre eles, os pavões verdes selvagens estavam mais concentrados nas áreas do vale da parte de cima e do meio do rio Yuanjiang, onde a população também é a maior. De acordo com os resultados de câmeras infravermelhas e monitoramento por vídeo em várias reservas da natureza, nos últimos anos, há uma tendência de mudança e crescimento de algumas das áreas em que o pavão verde de Yunnan habita.

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Segunda Conferência Ministerial de Energia da Rota e Cinturão é realizada em Qingdao

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A iniciativa especifica o papel da energia eólica, solar, hídrica, biomassa, nuclear e outras formas de energia verde para a implementação do Acordo de Paris e o Plano de 2030 para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável das Nações Unidas, ressaltando que a energia verde está se tornando um importante impulsionador para o desenvolvimento econômico global e trará oportunidades sem precedentes para a cooperação mutuamente benéfica entre os países.

A iniciativa adota o princípio “responsabilidades comuns, mas diferenciadas (CBDR)”, clamando pelo repeito ao direito de cada país de escolher seu próprio caminho para a transição energética. Ela enfatiza a necessidade de maior apoio aos países em desenvolvimento em termos de fundos, tecnologia e capacidade de construção para um desenvolvimento mais equilibrado e ampliado de energia verde.

A iniciativa exige ações conjuntas para apoiar o desenvolvimento de energia verde e de baixo carbono em países em desenvolvimento. As tarefas específicas incluem a definição de planos e metas mais ambiciosos de desenvolvimento de energia verde, a melhoria da confiabilidade e da resiliência do fornecimento de energia verde e a criação de um ambiente mais atraente para o investimento em energia verde.

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LONGi announces “Net-zero Plant” pledge at UN biodiversity conference

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With the challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss growing, the realization of global sustainable development has reached a crossroads. As the only solar energy company invited to attend the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15), LONGi firmly believes that photovoltaics can change the earth’s ecology and contribute to biodiversity protection.

“Climate change has an all-round impact on biodiversity, and unreasonable energy development modes represent a key factor leading to climate change and increasing biodiversity issues,” said Li, going on to add that LONGi is a staunch supporter of climate action, in the belief that photovoltaics plus energy storage can be a powerful weapon to mitigate climate change. The company has taken the lead in promoting the reduction in cost and increase in efficiency of photovoltaic products, reducing the cost of photovoltaic power generation by more than 90% over the past decade, providing technical support for the achievement of carbon peak and neutrality goals.

LONGi launched its “Solar for Solar” concept in December 2018, based on manufacturing photovoltaic products driven by photovoltaic power generation, with the objective of extending the role of PV in ecological restoration. The concept had originated in Yunnan Province, where LONGi was the first PV company to establish a base, going on to play a leading role in the development of the province’s new energy industry.

In 2020, LONGi successively joined RE100, EV100, EP100 and Scientific Carbon Target (SBTi), becoming the only Chinese solar technology company to join four international initiatives at the same time. The company’s Baoshan production base, in effect the first “Net-zero Plant”, was also a concrete implementation of the four initiatives, and can be viewed as the starting point for “Net-zero LONGi”.

Yunnan is the province with the most abundant green energy in China. Installed capacity  accounts for 85%, with power generation from green energy reaching 90%, laying a very solid foundation for building a net-zero plant.

“We are planning on two years to achieve zero emissions within the operational scope of the LONGi Baoshan base by purchasing green power, energy-saving technological transformation and carbon emission offset measures.” Li divided the realization of the “Net- zero Plant” into four steps: Firstly, ensuring that 100% of the Baoshan base utilises green power throughout the year; secondly, completing the production technology transformation of the base’s carbon deposition materials to significantly reduce natural gas leakage; thirdly, promoting green production in the base and, finally, purchasing Chinese Certified Emission Reduction (CCER) to offset carbon emissions that cannot be completely eliminated.

Li concluded: “LONGi will always be a defender of and contributor to ecological harmony, sparing no effort to achieve net-zero targets, promote global energy transformation and join hands with partners from all walks of life to jointly realize this vision.”

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Sinopec coloca em operação o maior cluster de armazenamento de gás do norte da China com fornecimento de dez bilhões de metros cúbicos de armazenamento de gás

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A instalação de armazenamento de gás tem capacidade de 10,03 bilhões de  metros cúbicos e será uma importante garantia de recursos para armazenamento de gás e geração de energia em horários de pico do inverno até a primavera na região norte da China e na bacia do rio Amarelo, além de garantir um suprimento de gás estável.

O cluster de armazenamento de gás Zhongyuan da Sinopec agora tem três blocos, o Wen 23, o Wen 96 e o Wei 11. A instalação de armazenamento de gás Wei 11, que agora está instalada e em funcionamento, é um componente fundamental para estabelecer o cluster de armazenamento de gás natural que chega a dez bilhões de metros cúbicos. O bloco está localizado na junção das províncias de Henan e Shandong e tem capacidade projetada de 1,009 bilhão de metros cúbicos. A maior capacidade de geração de energia em horários de pico diário da instalação de armazenamento de gás Wei 11 é de cinco milhões de metros cúbicos, o que pode atender às demandas de gás de dez milhões de residências todos os dias.

Além disso, a Sinopec terá suas instalações de armazenamento de gás Wen 13 West e Bai 9 na região do campo petrolífero de Zhongyuan instaladas e em funcionamento até o final deste ano, após concluir a construção e injeção de gás, adicionando uma capacidade de armazenamento de gás estimada em 1,116 bilhões de metros cúbicos, aumentando ainda mais os recursos da empresa em armazenamento de gás e geração de energia em horários de pico.

O armazenamento de gás é um “banco de gás natural” subterrâneo, uma infraestrutura de energia que integra geração de energia em horários de pico sazonais, fornecimento de gás em casos de acidente de emergência e reservas nacionais de energia estratégica. À medida que a proporção de gás natural continua a expandir na estrutura de consumo de energia da China, os picos e vales do fornecimento de gás natural, bem como as diferenças sazonais, estão se tornando cada vez mais evidentes. O armazenamento de gás pode “depositar” o excedente de gás natural no mercado e “empurrar” o tempo de escassez de abastecimento durante a estação de aquecimento no inverno para garantir a geração de energia em horários de pico de demanda por gás natural.

A Sinopec continua acelerando a construção de instalações de armazenamento de gás e aprimorando os recursos de armazenamento de gás e de geração de energia em horários de pico na China. A empresa está se preparando para concluir projetos importantes, incluindo o cluster de armazenamento de gás Zhongyuan e a instalação de armazenamento de gás Huangchang na província de Hubei e muito mais, após a conclusão das instalações de armazenamento de gás, incluindo Yong 21, na província de Shandong, Wei 11, na região do campo petrolífero de Zhongyuan, Guxi, na província de Jilin e Qingxi, na província de Sichuan, expandindo continuamente a escala de armazenamento de gás natural e aprimorando efetivamente a capacidade de armazenamento e os recursos de geração de energia em horários de pico de gás para garantir o fornecimento de gás natural.

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