15 January 2013 – During 2012 Anglo American hosted an exhibition at its corporate office in Johannesburg to promote awareness of the 49M initiative. The campaign, which refers to South Africa’s population of 49 million, encourages people from all walks of life to band together and save electricity by leading an energy-smart lifestyle, and encouraging others to be more energy efficient.
An example of how Anglo is doing this is at Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine where it has collaborated with Eskom to install a new dust suppression system. This system, which uses smaller motors than the old extraction system is expected to reduce electricity consumption by 1.1 MW a year within the Sishen operation.
Further, the group’s internal energy and carbon dioxide management programme is helping to identify efficiencies that will enable it to meet energy saving targets that are in place at every Anglo American site.