Mining by its very nature has an impact on the environment. Tharisa aims to manage and mitigate its impacts in an environmentally responsible manner and to ensure the wellbeing of all stakeholders. Growing regulatory and social pressures, increasing demands for limited and threatened natural resources, and the changing costs of energy and water all highlight the business imperative of responsible environmental management.
Environmental management involves taking measures not only to address security of resource supply (through efficiency and recycling), but also to actively minimise the Group's impacts on natural resources and on the communities around its operations. Taking such measures has direct benefits in terms of reduced costs and liabilities, enhanced resource security and improved security of its licence to operate.
Tharisa Minerals' Environmental Management Programme ('EMP') aims to minimise its impact on the natural environment and reduce its consumption of scarce natural resources. Tharisa believes that its commitment to responsible mining and beneficiation helps it achieve its strategic goals and also establishes a sustainable competitive advantage.
A precautionary approach is exercised in all processes and this includes the exploration, planning, licensing, construction, operation, closure and rehabilitation stages of all operations and projects.
Tharisa Minerals has the relevant and applicable environmental authorisations required for its licence to operate, including an approved Environmental Management Programme Report ('EMPR') in terms of Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (No. 28 of 2002) ('MPRDA'), a positive Record of Decisions in terms of National Environmental Management Act (No. 107 of 1998) ('NEMA') and an Integrated Water Use Licence ('IWUL') under the National Water Act (No. 36 of 1998) ('NWA').
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