People, technology and culture are the three keys at the centre of Anglo American’s drive to build a more sustainable industry.
Chief executive officer of Anglo American’s metallurgical coal business Tyler Mitchelson emphasised this message in his address at the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC).
Mitchelson said the industry must be positive about the future of its workforce and communities to continue to thrive, and remember technology is only one factor in the broader change agenda.
“In the future, when someone refers to ‘mining’, I hope they see a picture of people doing valued work in a cleaner, smarter and more socially responsible way, providing the essential ingredients for modern life,” he said.
“Innovation and technology have a strong part to play in building a sustainable industry, but technology for the sake of it can lead to nowhere.”
Mitchelson also acknowledged the rise of environment-social-governance factors needs to be a priority for all investors, customers and stakeholders on the journey to sustainability.
Anglo American has set an ambitious 2030 sustainable mining plan, with targets including a 30 per cent improvement in energy efficiency and an absolute 30 per cent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030.
The company recently announced its Unki mine in Zimbabwe would be the first mine in the world to publicly commit to be independently audited against the responsible mining assurance’s standard for responsible mining.
Mitchelson said all Anglo American managed mine sites would be independently certified by the end of 2025 to satisfy customers’ objective of sourcing ethical minerals.
“Anglo American’s purpose is to reimagine mining to improve people’s lives,” Mitchelson said.
“Our purpose recognises that where we are going on our sustainability journey not only involves a shift in how we mine, but also why we mine.
“We are embracing the circular economy to ensure we become safer, more sustainable and more productive with the resources we have.”