Social responsibility - using resources more efficiently
An Anglo American case study

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Page 5: Tactics

Strategies are the big plans of an organisation. Tactics are the shorter term plans and activities which a firm puts in place to implement its strategy.

Anglo American implements activities which are designed to enable better use of resources, leading to greater efficiency and sustainable practice. Examples of these include:

  • The development of two mine-gas power stations in Australia. These capture methane emissions from mines. This is then re-used to generate energy. The power generated from these is equivalent to reducing carbon emissions by about 2.3 million tonnes per year. This is equivalent to taking 580,000 cars off the road.
  • A wind farm established at Anglo American”s zinc mine in County Tipperary in Ireland. The location was suitable because it was already connected to the National Grid. It is also a naturally windy site. This now provides clean electricity for the mining operation and two local towns. It will continue to benefit the community after the mine has closed.
  • Anglo Platinum”s joint venture, Bafokeng Rasimone platinum mine outside Rustenburg in South Africa, started re-using the water from its return water dam for its operational process in 2009. This was achieved by installing a simple sand filter that removes unwanted water-borne solids. As a result, the monthly amount of potable water used by the process plant has fallen from nearly 150,000 m3 in September 2008 to less than 60,000 m3 in June 2009. The project”s R2.8 million ($330,000) phase-one investment has already been offset by these savings.
  • Setting out a programme to centralise Anglo American”s procurement and supply chains globally. The 2008 project was designed to create cost savings through simplified processes. This will save $1 billion by 2011.

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