Sustainability

Environment

Newcrest recognises that good environmental practice is critical to good operational performance and to building community trust and acceptance.

Our Environment Policy guides our approach and is complemented by a suite of additional policies and Environment standards that set expectations for consistent environmental performance at our sites, across all of the regions where we operate.

Our environmental management systems at each operation are based on our internal standards, which are aligned with ISO14001. Our operations develop site-specific procedures to support the implementation of these performance standards where needed.

We are committed to proactive and open communication with our stakeholders about our environmental management activity. We report our environmental performance annually through our Sustainability Report.

Read our sections on managing climate change and dams and tailings management.

Water management

Our approach to water management is guided by our Water Stewardship Policy and Water Management Standard.

The Policy and Standard were developed in the recognition that a holistic approach to water management is required to achieve resource sustainability.

Our sites are in a variety of climatic regions and, depending on seasonal variations, may experience water surplus or reduced water availability. Water presents both challenges and opportunities in terms of managing consumption and releases within permitted extraction and discharge limits to maintain stable operation of our mines.

Our sites use water from a variety of sources: surface water, groundwater, seawater, tailings reclamation and mine dewatering. Where practical, we recycle water to reduce consumption.

Biodiversity management

Our Biodiversity Policy outlines our commitments to protect and manage biodiversity values related to our operations in areas under our control or influence.

Biodiversity management is also a critical component of mine closure planning as land rehabilitation has a direct impact on local flora and fauna.

Land management and rehabilitation

Newcrest practises progressive landscape rehabilitation, undertaking continual work throughout the life of a mine.

When progressive rehabilitation is integrated into mine plans it can reduce the scope and cost of rehabilitation at mine closure.

Each operation sets rehabilitation objectives based on considerations such as regulatory requirements, mine plan objectives, business resources, closure plan objectives and stakeholder considerations.

Our approach to progressive rehabilitation aligns with regulator and stakeholder expectations, while taking into account the availability of operational areas based on mine plans.

We consider whether future mining is likely to affect specific areas of the mine footprint to avoid rehabilitated areas being redisturbed later.

Mine closure

Our Mine Closure Management Standard outlines a multi-disciplinary approach to closure planning that meets regulatory and corporate requirements, while also considering stakeholder expectations.

Ongoing engagement on mine closure planning with regulators, the community and industry enables us to achieve our objectives to be environmentally and socially responsible.

Environmental incident management

We are committed to communicating with relevant stakeholders about environmental issues or concerns.

We report environmental incidents and hazards in our online Community Health Environment Safety system.

We undertake incident investigations to identify and implement appropriate preventive and remediation measures; these investigations consider both the actual and potential outcome of an incident.

We manage and report environmental incidents in accordance with regulatory and internal requirements.