Anglo American’s commitment to sustainability has been showcased by the Mineral Council of Australia (MCA) through a national campaign on mine rehabilitation and how mining and farming work together.
Filmed at the company’s Dawson Mine in Central Queensland, the More to Mining campaign showed that Australian mining companies understand that land rehabilitation is fundamental to responsible mining.
Chief Executive Officer of Anglo American’s Metallurgical Coal business, Tyler Mitchelson, said the company was committed to the highest standards of environmental performance to deliver safe and stable landform for post-mining uses over the long term.
“A key part of our Sustainable Mining Plan is to maintain a healthy environment, including rehabilitation, and our work at Dawson is a clear demonstration of securing final landform for agriculture,” Mr Mitchelson said.
“Local cattle grazing on the 165-hectare site have shown strong weight gain while a dam was repurposed as part of the progressive rehabilitation area to provide water for stock.
“Australians are interested in finding out more about how seriously mining companies take their environmental responsibilities, and we invest in innovative approaches to improve and monitor our rehabilitated mined land.
“Our global Sustainable Mining Plan contains ambitious sustainability targets to help transform our business, including a commitment to being carbon neutral across our operations by 2040.
“It guides us in not only minimising the impact of our mining operations, but also in seeking to deliver positive and lasting outcomes both environmentally and in the surrounding communities where we operate.”
Anglo American is a leading global mining company, with significant investments within Australia and particularly in Queensland. The company operates five metallurgical coal mines in Queensland’s Bowen Basin, along with additional projects, joint venture interests, and copper exploration projects in Central West Queensland and the South West of Western Australia.