South Africa – In 2014, diversified mining major Anglo American, for the second year running, exceeded its 2020 water savings target of 14%, achieving an estimated 16% water saving against its projected water usage by the end of the year.

In its 14th annual Sustainable Development Report, released on Monday, Anglo American highlighted that with more than 70% of its mines located in water stressed areas, reducing its water use is important.

In achieving its targets, Anglo’s total water consumption decreased from 201-million m3, in 2013, to 195-million m3 in 2014.

This reduction was primarily achieved through higher levels of water recycling at its Los Bronces copper mine in Chile, the limited production at Anglo American Platinum’s Rustenburg operations during the strike, as well as water savings achieved through the implementation of the Water Efficiency Target Tool programme.

Of Anglo’s total operational water requirements, 69% of it was met by recycling or re-using water.

Also notable, is Anglo’s commitment to energy savings and mitigating climate change, which poses a significant business challenge.

Anglo highlights that 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 escalating.

As a result, Anglo’s 325 projects completed to date accounted for energy savings of 4.3 million GJ. This is equivalent to a 5% reduction against its projected energy consumption in 2014, which has in turn reduced its energy cost by $105-million.

Similarly, its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduced by 4.2-million tons. This figure indicates that Anglo is well on its way to achieving its overall targets for greenhouse gas-emission and energy-consumption reductions – 19% and 7% respectively, by 2015.

To access Anglo American’s Sustainable Development Report 2014 in full, please visit the company’s new reporting centre: www.angloamerican.com/reporting.

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