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 assets aim to manage land in a responsible way. This means:
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.
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
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.
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
By the end of 2017, we had rehabilitated more than 26,000 hectares of land.