In line with our values, we are accountable for the impact we have on the environment – land, water, air – and for the responsible use of the natural resources we consume. Our business activities and processes can negatively impact the natural environment and surrounding communities, and we have a responsibility to prevent, mitigate, manage and minimise any impacts.

Our environmental strategy is aimed at managing our impacts, related risks and environmental liabilities, at responsible stewardship, compliance with environmental legislation and regulations, and at instilling a culture that shares knowledge and experience within and outside the group.

FY17 highlights

In South Africa:

  • Drilling of boreholes in local communities to supply water during the drought
  • Recycling water to reduce dependency on potable supply
  • Two water treatment plants being built in Welkom to reduce potable water consumption by 30%
  • 5ML plant installed at Doornkop to generate potable water
  • Water treatment plant installed at Kusasalethu
  • Partnership with solar energy providers in Welkom
  • Environmental impact assessments approved for 10MW plants at Eland, Nyala and Tshepong
  • Bio-energy plant being commissioned for commercial production
  • Energy efficiency initiatives continue to reduce electricity consumption

In Papua New Guinea:

  • Environmental inception report for the Wafi-Golpu project approved by the Conservation and Environment Protection Authority
  • Environmental impact statement for the Wafi-Golpu project being prepared – includes feasibility of potential for deep-sea tailings placement and on-site power generation

At group level:

  • Achieved our five-year energy consumption target
  • A listings for performance and reporting on climate change and water from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

Material issues

For further information, please see our Integrated annual report 2017 and our environmental policy.