Anglo American sets inspiring sustainability targets

Anglo American has announced that it has set specific stretch targets as part of its new sustainability strategy – reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30%, improve energy efficiency by 30%, and reduce the drawing of freshwater by 50% in water-scarce regions – to be delivered by 2030.

Mark Cutifani, Anglo American Chief Executive, said the sustainability strategy was developed following a robust consultation process with employees and external stakeholders, and was aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

“Our metals and minerals are the precious ingredients that enable and celebrate so many aspects of our modern lives. But our role in today’s world is far greater than simply as a supplier of physical products. If Anglo American is to play its part in creating a sustainable future for the world and improving the lives of all of us who live here, then we must be prepared to challenge our business and ourselves, by re-imagining mining,” he said.

“The financial benefits to our business by 2030 are expected to be significant, including from substantially reduced energy and water costs. At the same time, we expect our innovative approach and the technologies we are developing to open up new mineral resource opportunities for us over the medium term.”

CEEC CEO Alison Keogh congratulated Anglo American on setting the inspiring sustainability targets.

“There are synergies around these targets and CEEC’s goals of helping mining companies to improve energy efficiency, reduce their footprint and deliver business value. We’re proud that Anglo American is a sponsor of CEEC,” she said.