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Environment

We strive to uphold the highest environmental standards and comply with all applicable legislation governing the use of resources, responsible waste management, conservation of biodiversity, as well as closure and post-mining land use in terms of our Environmental policy

MANAGING OUR IMPACTS

Our Water Management Department has been structured with compliance, innovation and operational support in mind.
See: Fact sheet: WATER CONSERVATION AND DEMAND MANAGEMENT

We are involved in projects of national importance such as the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) Western Basin acid mine drainage treatment plant – with cognisance of our local impact. See:
Fact sheet: ACID MINE DRAINAGE
Fact sheet: BIOMONITORING OF RIVERS AT SIBANYE

Air quality in the vicinity of our operations is also a focus area – see:
Fact sheet: DUST CONTROL FOR A HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENT

Addressing climate change

Sibanye-Stillwater actively participates in high-level responses to the risks of climate change through government and the Chamber of Mines.

We achieved an A rating for our 2016 Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) climate change submission, which has been included in the global A list of leaders in climate change reporters.

Our employees are encouraged to reduce electricity consumption in line with our integrated energy and carbon management strategy, which ultimately aims to reduce our footprint for national good.

Energy-efficiency initiatives are implemented in line with Eskom’s demand-side management programme and we fund projects that reduce electricity consumption.

Our Beatrix carbon-reduction project, which uses methane gas to generate electricity, registered under the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, accrues certified emission reductions (carbon credits) for offsetting carbon emissions and complying with targets.

We are also developing a 150MW photovoltaic plant between the Driefontein and Kloof mining complexes on the West Rand to secure an alternative supply of electricity. The first phase of this project, which will ultimately be the single largest private offtake plant in Africa, is expected to generate 50MW by 2018.

Land rehabilitation

To mitigate impacts that may arise from mining operations, our activities are monitored constantly in terms of environmental management programmes approved by the Department of Mineral Resources.

In the interests of sustainable development, land management and legal requirements, alien vegetation is removed through local economic development projects that benefit local communities.

We are also responsible for biodiversity management, which takes care of fauna and flora living in and around our operations. A study on the Kloof property has identified three entirely new cave systems housing vulnerable species of bats and owls.