'Unprecedented opportunity' for mining sector to advance UN sustainable goals, report finds
A report examining the role large scale mining can play in the UN’s plan of action for environmental sustainability and economic development says the industry has an “unprecedented opportunity” to further those goals.
In September 2015, countries across the world adopted a set of “17 Sustainable Development Goals” through the United Nations to “end poverty, protect the planet,” and “ensure prosperity for all”. This falls under the Sustainable development agenda.
The 2030 Agenda for sustainable development represents the world’s plan for social inclusion, environmental sustainability and economic development.
“When managed appropriately, it [the mining industry] can create jobs, spur innovation and bring investment and infrastructure at a game-changing scale over long term horizons,” reads the report, “Mapping Mining to the Sustainable Development Goals: An Atlas”.
But, the report also warns of the ramifications of a mismanaged industry: “if managed poorly, mining can also lead to environmental degradation, displaced populations, inequality and increased conflict, among other challenges.”
While acknowledging the challenges the mining industry has historically presented that the SDGs are trying to overcome, the report highlights the “significant advances” made towards the impact mining has on the world.
Minerals produced through mining have contributed essential building blocks to technologies, infrastructure energy and agriculture.
The report concludes that the mining industry can and already is significantly advancing the progression towards the SDGs but can only do so through continuous open dialogue across all sectors.
“A wealth of knowledge, thought and action is already under way across the industry that can be leveraged to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.”
“Dialogue across sectors will ensure that best practices are shared and that the potential contribution of the mining industry is fully leveraged for sustainable development,” the report concludes.
You can read the full report here.
AngloGold Ashanti establishes BG Umoja JV in Tanzania
AngloGold Ashanti, in line with it s strategy to ensure a sustainable contribution to the economies of host countries, has established the BG Umoja joint venture (JV), in Tanzania.
Awarded a $186m two-year mining contract for the Nyankanga and Geita Hill underground mining projects, the 80/20 joint venture is a partnership between Africa Underground Mining Services (AUMS) Tanzania, a subsidiary of Australia’s Perenti Group, and local drilling services and mining- supply company, Geofields Tanzania Limited.
The partnership is modelled on a similar underground mining joint venture at the Company’s Obuasi Redevelopment Project in Ghana between AUMS Ghana and Accra-based, wholly Ghanaian-owned Rocksure and will help build local specialised mining capacity.
“We’re working with our experienced mining contractors to assist in establishing local joint ventures for long-term transfer of sustainable skills, and to continue building on our sustainable local procurement programmes,” commented Sicelo Ntuli, AngloGold Ashanti’s Chief Operating Officer: Africa.
“AngloGold Ashanti is building sustainable local procurement programmes that will allow it to stimulate economic and social development at all of its operations, evidenced by the significant contribution Geita has made to the fiscus and people of Tanzania.”
AngloGold Ashanti’s annual expenditure with indigenous Tanzanian suppliers has almost tripled to $162mn since 2016. The company’s local team in Tanzania has set itself an ambitious target of 60% to 70% of all expenditures with indigenous Tanzanian companies, by 2025.
Scope 3 Emissions
In addition, AngloGold Ashanti’s Geita Gold Mine has awarded a two-year fuel transportation contract, worth approximately $10.8m a year, to two local contractors - one of which is originally from Geita. This is in line with the mine’s commitment to contribute to the economies of host communities. The Geita-based company was part of Geita Mine’s supply chain capacity building initiative for host community suppliers, a partnership between the Mine and the National Economic Empowerment Council.
To influence Scope 3 emissions, trucks are to be compliant with EURO IV emissions standards, tankers are to be made of an aluminium alloy material to reduce weight and the age of the fleet will be maintained at less than six years.
Diversity & Inclusion
The contractors already employ women fuel tanker drivers, fulfilling the Mine’s requirements for diversity and inclusion. The two contractors both own workshop facilities in Geita town and participate in social initiatives aimed at uplifting the lives of host community residents.
AngloGold Ashanti has been operating at Geita Gold Mine for more than 20 years, with the project initially a single pit mine, evolving now to a predominantly underground operation, employing 5,700 employees and contractors.
Earlier this year, the Government of Tanzania recognized AngloGold Ashanti’s contribution to the economy of the country, awarding it for its outstanding performance in a number of areas, including environmental and safety performance, corporate social investment, the best taxpayer in the mining sector, the runners up in local business content and overall best performer in the mining sector in Tanzania in 2019/2020.
Geita Gold Mine
Geita, one of AngloGold Ashanti’s flagship mines, is located in north-western Tanzania in the Lake Victoria goldfields of Mwanza region, about 120km from Mwanza and 4km west of the town of Geita. It has been in operation as a large-scale mine since 2000.