Anglo American presents sustainable performance update

Anglo American has released its twice-yearly sustainable performance update including progress on emissions reduction, water stewardship, and building a safe and inclusive culture. 

Anglo American is targeting carbon neutrality and reports making good progress on achieving this by 2040, helped by the company’s partnership with EDF Renewables. 

“This agreement is a major step towards addressing our on-site energy requirements and builds on the agreements already secured for 100 per cent renewable electricity supply for all our operations in South America by 2023,” Anglo American chief executive officer Mark Cutifani said. 

Anglo American will also move toward a solution for the diesel used in their truck fleet haul– the largest portion of its Scope 1 emissions.

“We expect to see proof of concept hydrogen fuel cell truck in action in the coming weeks,” Cutifani said. 

Anglo American’s Sustainable Mining Plan will set targets for reducing the company’s water footprint, with a plan to reduce fresh water usage by 50 per cent by 2030. 

To reach this target, Anglo American has revealed a number of initiatives such as an integrated water supply project for Los Bronces in Chile which will see the company use water not suitable for human consumption while fresh water is delivered to the local community. 

“We are also committed to ensuring that the water assets we manage and the savings we achieve translate into making additional water resources available in ways that are socially equitable, environmentally sustainable and economically beneficial,” Cutifani said. 

 Anglo American launched its Living with Dignity program in 2019 and continues to develop it with the new Living with Dignity Hub opening in South Africa. 

The hub will handle all formal complaints of sexual harassment, gender-based violence, bullying, harassment and victimisation across the South African footprint. 

“Building a safe and inclusive culture has been a focus for us for a number of years,” Cutifani said. 

“After four years we are refreshing our Sustainable Mining Plan, setting new and stretching targets which will continue to challenge us to lead and innovate.”  

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