In 2013, global mining group Anglo American, which has a strong presence in South Africa, completed 61 energy and carbon saving projects, which reduced energy consumption by 4.3 million gigajoules and greenhouse gas emissions by 3.5 million tonnes. Anglo American says it remains committed to its overarching ambition to operate high-efficiency/low (or no) carbon mines by 2030.
In 2013, Anglo American was recognised in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for excellence in sustainability for the 11th consecutive year and as mining industry leader for the second year running, and was commended by the Carbon Disclosure Project for reducing carbon emissions and mitigating the risks of climate change. Anglo American was also awarded the 2013 PWC Building Public Trust Award for “Sustainability in Reporting” for FTSE100 companies, recognising its 2012 Sustainable Development Report.
Anglo American says that climate change poses a significant business challenge for the group and its energy and policy associated costs are rising, consumer demand for products is changing, and the threat of the physical impact of climate change on operations and host communities is heightening.