Image taken at the Quellaveco operation in Peru, credit: Anglo American.
Anglo American has delivered on its commitment to source 100 per cent renewable energy for all of its operations in Brazil, Chile and Peru.
Having already secured renewable energy to meet all its power requirements for its iron ore and nickel operations in Brazil from 2022, and for its copper operations in Chile from 2021, Anglo American has now signed an agreement with Engie Energía Perú to provide 100 per cent renewable energy for the Quellaveco copper operation in Peru that is expected to commence production in 2022.
CEO of Anglo American in Peru, Tom McCulley, said that copper has such an important role to play in enabling the global transition to a low carbon economy, so it is important for Anglo American’s new world-class copper mine in Peru – Quellaveco – to lead the way by minimising its own carbon and broader environmental footprint.
“The combination of renewable energy and our FutureSmart MiningTM programme’s higher precision technologies which target the required metals and minerals more precisely, with reduced water, energy and capital intensity, is changing the very nature of mining and how our stakeholders experience our business – for the better,” Mr McCulley said.
Group Director of Corporate Relations & Sustainable Impact at Anglo American, Anik Michaud, added that it is the company’s duty to produce the metals and minerals that society needs as responsibly as current technologies allow, while continuing to stretch themselves and their business partners to improve performances even further.
“Our sourcing of only renewable energy to power our operations across South America marks another step towards our 2030 GHG reduction target of 30 per cent that is embedded in our Sustainable Mining Plan and towards our commitment to be carbon neutral across our global operational footprint by 2040,” Ms Michaud said.