We are steadily integrating mine closure planning into life-of-mine planning. We focus on concurrent rehabilitation as we strive to return land to near initial state.
Water is our most significant environmental concern. The principal risks we face are increased water stress leading to potential operational disruptions, uncontrolled dirty water discharges into the environment, increasing costs associated with water supply and management, local community discontent and reputational risks.
Our approach to ensuring responsible mine closure emphasises the importance of designing, planning and operating a mine with closure in mind. In doing so, we aim to reduce long-term risks and liabilities to our business from an environmental and socioeconomic perspective, and to ensure that we leave a positive legacy when our mines conclude their operational lives.
All our mining operations have closure plans in place. These plans are reviewed annually, and the closure liabilities and applicable financial provisions are updated accordingly. Ensuring effective rehabilitation is an important regulatory, financial and reputational issue for the Company. The Group strategy for land rehabilitation is to ensure a sustainable and functional post
closure landscape. We continuously investigate alternative post closure land uses that are aligned with our host communities’ expectations and supportive of economic opportunities after mining.
All tailings storage facilities (TSFs), in South Africa and Zimbabwe, have concurrent rehabilitation plans that include revegetation, dust management and water management. Rehabilitation of Impala Canada’s TSF will be done on closure.