SUSTAINABILITY

Waste management

ENVIRONMENT

We work to minimise the impact of the waste our activities produce – and focus on the need to store waste safely.

Why this matters

By managing this waste responsibly, we can reduce impacts on the environment and people – and mitigate the risk of structural failure of our waste storage facilities.

Our approach

Most of the waste our activities generate is waste rock and residues from our production processes. We have systems in place to dispose of all our wastes responsibly.

Tailings, which is mineral waste from the processing of ores, are stored in specific storage facilities.  

Our tailings storage facilities are heavily regulated, and undergo regular inspections. 

Our assets monitor these facilities continuously to ensure their integrity and structural stability – and implement a catastrophic hazard protocol to minimise risk.

We reuse waste rock and other types of mineral waste as much as possible – such as in backfilling mines and building roads.

Principles we follow

UN Global Compact - Principles 7, 8 and 9

Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges

Principle 8: Businesses should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility

Principle 9: Business should encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies

UN Sustainable Development Goals - Goals 12, 14 and 15

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