Thriving communities and sustainable mining operations depend on healthy, functioning ecosystems. In 2014, we focused on minimizing and mitigating our impact on water, land, air quality, climate and biodiversity, while working with key stakeholders on systemic solutions to address complex environmental challenges.
Newmont uses fact- and science-based methodologies, along with leading best practices, to meet our commitment to Environmental Stewardship. Every year, we invest in studies and research to help guide our work and evaluate our performance. By doing so, we contribute to a wider understanding of environmental issues that have lasting benefits beyond our operations.
We continued to use the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool, developed by a consortium that includes Birdlife International, Conservation International, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre, to meet our Biodiversity Management Standard and help identify legally protected and high biodiversity value areas.
At our Boddington operation in Western Australia, we sponsored a pilot program with Murdoch University that tracked the black cockatoos living near our mine with GPS satellite technology. This was the first time a satellite had been used to monitor bird populations in the area, and its success led to a full-scale, five-year-long project.
Stories like these, and others that can be found in Beyond the Mine, show the range and depth of our commitment to Environmental Stewardship.
Some other highlights for Newmont in 2014 include:
- Completed seven of 10 projects aimed at improving drinking water quality and supply reliability for more than 180,000 people in the city of Cajamarca in Peru;
- Partnered with state and federal governments and NGOs in Nevada, including The Nature Conservancy (TNC), to conserve and restore thousands of acres of sagebrush habitat for the endangered Greater Sage-Grouse; and
- Awarded the Interstate Mining Compact Commission’s (IMCC) 2014 Reclamation Award for work at the Piñon Tailings Facility in Nevada.
To find out more about Newmont’s commitment to social and environmental performance, visit Beyond the Mine.