We take a scientific approach to environmental management.

To eliminate, minimise or effectively manage potential impacts, we use or develop industry-leading practices.

Rehabilitation of mined land is part of our daily mining activities, to reduce our active mining footprint.

Minimising our footprint

At every site, we aim to effectively manage and rehabilitate the land we mine to minimise our active mining footprint. This helps to ensure the land is returned to self-sustaining native ecosystems, agricultural use or other suitable purposes.

We put significant work into rehabilitation and closure planning. The final land use design is done in consultation with our communities.

In some cases, we have been able to return land we’ve mined to a state better than we originally found it.

Water management

In 2021, nearly 50% of all water used at Glencore Coal sites was re-used or recycled, thanks to the sustainable management initiatives in place at all of our Australian operations that focus on reuse and recycling of water to minimise each site’s take from local water sources.
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Water and tailings scheme

We aim to minimise our intake from fresh water sources and maximise the re-use and recycling of water on site. Our Greater Ravensworth Water and Tailings Scheme (GRAWTS) connects five Upper Hunter operations in New South Wales via a 130-kilometre network of pipes between our Liddell, Mt Owen, Glendell, Integra and Ravensworth coal mines. In 2021, only 2.6% of water used at these sites was pumped from the Hunter River system.

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