Mining has a direct impact on the environment due to the need to access land and water resources. Indirect impacts can also result from the construction of roads and other mining-related infrastructure in the areas where we operate. AngloGold Ashanti understands that demonstrating responsible environmental stewardship is an important aspect of acquiring and maintaining our social licence to operate.
Our environment management systems enable us to proactively identify and manage the potential environmental risks associated with our activities and to meet our compliance obligations and voluntary commitments. In seeking to prevent pollution and environmental incidents, we have set a target of zero reportable environmental incidents, as defined in our incident reporting standard.
Environmental stewardship includes:
- Responsible and efficient water management
- Reducing air emissions
- Mitigating our impact on and contributing to biodiversity
- Responsible stewardship of the materials we use
- Efficient management of energy resources
- Mitigating climate related risk
- Integrating environmental and social aspects into mine closure
For further information, refer to 2022 <SR>: Environmental stewardship
- Our Group Environmental Policy, Standards and Guidelines guide our environmental activities while allowing flexibility to adapt to the varying operational, geographical, climate and regulatory contexts. Each operation’s unique set of controls is maintained through its Environmental Management System (EMS), which is ISO 14001: 2015 certified.
- We are in material compliance with all relevant environmental legislation.
Policies and standards
- Commitment to Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management English, pdf
- Environmental Incident Classification Criteria English, pdf
- Group Policy: Sustainability English, pdf Español, pdf Português, pdf Français, pdf
- Group Standard: Closure Planning English, pdf
- Management Standard: Air Quality English, pdf
- Management Standard: Biodiversity English, pdf
- Management standard: Chemical English, pdf
- Management Standard: Environmental incident classification and reporting English, pdf
- Management Standard: Land Use English, pdf
- Management Standard: Waste English, pdf
- Management standard: Water English, pdf
Water is a valuable and often scarce resource. It is also one which we share with other users such as farmers, local industries and communities.
Energy & climate change
AngloGold Ashanti set its first emissions reduction targets in 2008, which were met in 2017 and as a result, carbon intensity has reduced by 43%.
Tailings & waste
Our tailings storage facilities are designed and built to a rigorous set of standards and carefully managed and monitored by a team of specialists.
Ensuring integrated closure
Our approach to closure management seeks to ensure that our activities minimise adverse impacts on people, the environment and broader society.
AngloGold Ashanti Brazil’s TSF Emergency Preparation Plan provides blueprint for Group roll-out
AngloGold Ashanti Brazil is working to fulfil its commitment to implement the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management within three years.
Environmental Education Centre raises awareness and reinforces ESG agenda
Our Environmental Education Centre in Nova Lima, Brazil, was established in 2000 to increase awareness of socio-environmental matters and reinforce our commitment to sustainable development.
Serra Grande achieves full conversion to filtered tailings
In September 2021, AngloGold Ashanti’s Serra Grande mine became the first mine in Brazil to implement a 100% filtered tailings disposal system. This means that, at the end of ore processing, all the tailings generated go through a drying process after which it is placed in filtered tailings stacks. Wet tailings are no longer sent to the tailings storage facilities.
In-situ water remediation at Geita
AngloGold Ashanti is rolling out a novel in situ water remediation project at its Geita mine in Tanzania, working with a local Tanzanian/German joint venture partner that will use a process where naturally occurring bacteria directly remediates sulphate in groundwater.
Obuasi Mine’s Closure Consultative Committee
The key purpose of the Closure Consultative Committee (CCC) is to track the implementation of the mine’s reclamation plan, ensuring that the completion criteria contained in RSA are met.
Quebradona Biodiversity Initiative
A ground-breaking plan to create and integrate a park and biodiversity centre into its Quebradona copper-gold project, in Colombia’s Antioquia province.
Tailings storage facility management in Brazil
We have engaged with concerned communities to demonstrate the effectiveness of our TSF management systems. In 2019, more the 850 people from our nearby communities participated in visits to TSFs.
Taking action on climate change
A new climate change strategy is crucial to ensure that we insulate our operations and host communities against physical climate risks.