R47.32 -1.23%


    US$12.12 +2.28%

  • GOLD:US$/oz

    US$1,842 +1.31%

  • GOLD:ZAR/kg

    R938,664 -0.50%


    US$950 +0.26%



  • RHODIUM:US$/oz


  • ZAR:US$

    R15.85 -1.84%

  • Last updated

    6:00pm on May 19, 2022

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Level 4 and above
environmental incidents

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1,513Ml decrease
in net water used from 2019 to 2020

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5.4% decline in scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions from 2019 to 2020

ISO 14001:2015

environmental management system certification for all operations by December 2021

We are committed to protecting the environment for present and future generations and work to avoid, minimise and mitigate any negative environmental impacts where we operate. We aim to improve lives through responsible environmental practices including verifiable compliance, risk management and environmental and water footprint management in anticipation of post-mining socio-economic closure.

We have aligned our environmental priority of “Improving life through the sustainable use of our natural resources, driving environmental consciousness and continuous improvement, with measured transition to a carbon neutral future” with the Group’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy.

We are also cognisant that we, as a Group, have a fundamental role to play in addressing the global warming crisis from an operational perspective. It is in this context that Sibanye-Stillwater has committed to a transition to carbon neutrality by 2040, in support of the Paris Climate Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our goal is underpinned by our Energy and Decarbonisation strategy and implementation plan that is both clear and achievable.

  • Environmental vision

    The environmental component of our ESG strategy is focused on four pillars:

    • Maintain environmental licence to operate: We commit to conduct our business activities to recognised standards and guidelines, only in the areas to which our permits and licences are designated. We manage and mitigate the environmental risks our activities pose to the communities near our operations and foster collaborative, symbiotic relationships with them.
    • Effect continuous improvement: Our internal governance practices and our processes are constantly evolving to drive value creation through cost-effective implementations of technology and innovation.
    • Responsible use of environmental resources: We vigilantly strive to reduce our emissions and energy and water footprints, to proactively manage our waste facilities while planning for eventual mine closure and restoration of the natural environment.
    • Drive environmental consciousness through awareness, stewardship and communication on environmental issues: By continually engaging with key stakeholders and communities, we raise awareness of environmental issues, manage expectations and protect our environmental reputation.
  • Water usage & quality

    Water is a critical resource and is important to every aspect of our operations. We take an integrated approach to the management of our water footprint and have committed to the responsible use of water in a manner which is sustainable to production and to our host communities. We are committed to using alternative available underground water sources to replace purchased water and are identifying and reducing the waste of water through the improved meter, water balance management, leak detection, and repair initiatives.

  • Air quality

    We monitor and measure emissions from direct fuel sources, such as diesel, as well as indirect emissions associated with purchased electricity and materials, for greenhouse gas emission monitoring and reporting and atmospheric emission license compliance requirements. Within our air quality efforts, control of dust from tailings storage facilities is a key focus area.

  • Carbon management and energy efficiency

    Climate change is one of the most pressing global environmental challenges of our time, and we are committed to contributing to a global solution by proactively managing our carbon footprint. We strive to reduce our carbon emissions year-over-year with an aim to reduce emissions annually by an average of 2.1%.

    The implementation of energy efficiency projects has been instrumental in the continuous reduction of our carbon footprint. These include initiatives relating to ventilation optimization at our gold operations, compressed air optimisation projects at our PGM operations, and the installation of solar arrays.

  • Land management

    Protection of the biological resources near our activities is a key element of our environmental strategy. We continually monitor all operational activities that can potentially impact the mine site environmental management plans. In addition, at each operation we develop biodiversity action plans to avoid and mitigate any impact on sensitive species, habitat or ecosystems. These include programs to remove alien and invasive vegetation implemented in South Africa by way of local economic development projects.

  • Waste & Tailings management

    Responsible storage, handling and disposal of solid and hazardous waste is pivotal in our approach to environmental care. We focus first on minimising the generation of waste and residue, then on recycling and re-using waste or by-products. When material cannot be recycled, we dispose of it in an acceptable way.

    Sibanye-Stillwater has 39 tailings storage facilities (TSFs) under current management both in South Africa and the United States many of which have been inherited through recent acquisitions.

    Sibanye-Stillwater is committed to the safe and environmentally responsible stewardship of our tailings storage facilities and is dedicated to ensuring that systems, standards and resources are in place to prevent catastrophic tailings facility failures. Sibanye-Stillwater, on its journey of continual improvement, fully supports and is committed to align all tailings facilities at our operations with the intent and requirements of the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (GISTM).

    Our timeframe for conformance of our TSFs to the GISTM (as issued by the ICMM on 5 August 2020) is in accordance with our commitments as a member of the ICMM.

    See Tailings management for further details

  • Closure & reclamation

    We recognize our responsibility to return land disturbed by mining to stable and productive post-mining uses. Reclamation planning begins in the early stages and is regularly updated throughout the life of each mining operation. This process entails an extensive analysis of land use options, environmental factors and community development concerns and objectives and involves dialogue and collaboration with host communities and other stakeholders.

    We work closely with regulators across all our operations and adjust our closure plans as regulatory requirements evolve.


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