Land management

We aim to manage land responsibly throughout the lifecycle of our assets – in order to reduce impacts on habitats and communities.

Why this matters

We recognise that our activities impact the land where we work.

By rehabilitating land, managing its biodiversity and considering the needs of local people, we can reduce the level of these impacts on communities and the environment.

Our approach

Our assets aim to manage land in a responsible way. This means:

Rehabilitating land

Our mining assets are required to have a closure plan to support a responsible exit, and often begin to rehabilitate land while the mine is still operating. 

Previous rehabilitation projects have worked to develop natural landforms, plant vegetation, and encourage the return of local fauna.

15,500+ hectares

rehabilitated across our coal assets, as of 1 January 2017

We develop our closure plans together with the impacted communities, to take into account local needs.

After mining stops: land rehabilitation in Westside, Australia

Excellence in mine rehabilitation: Mount Owen, Australia

Managing biodiversity

Across our operations, we aim to avoid net losses or degradation of natural habitats and biodiversity – as well as landscape functions such as watershed management and control of soil erosion.

Across the Group, we manage high-biodiversity offset areas – areas where we protect threatened plants and provide habitats for fauna.

19,000+ hectares

of high-biodiversity areas managed by our coal assets

We respect areas that are legally designated as protected and adhere to associated regulations, factoring in the cultural heritage of indigenous people, who often have a unique connection with the land where they live.

Principles we follow

UN Sustainable Development Goals - Goals 2, 12, 14 and 15

Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources

Goal 15: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

International Council on Mining and Metals - Principles 6 and 7

Principle 6: Pursue continual improvement in environmental performance issues, such as water stewardship, energy use and climate change

Principle 7: Contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and integrated approaches to land-use planning

Our progress

During 2016, we completed rehabilitation work on 1,769 hectares of land at our coal assets.