Our Approach

Everything we do today is geared towards ensuring a safer and more productive tomorrow. Our sustainability is founded on creative, mutually constructive relationships and common values with our stakeholders. We conduct our business activities in a way that creates success, not only for Exxaro but for society too. From how we mine to what we mine, we’re stewarding our natural assets and social capital and using them both to uplift our communities.

Our Approach

Our Commitment

Our vision is as simple as this: we want to make a positive impact on the world. We aim to power better lives in Africa and beyond by responsibly investing in commodities that will sustain life on the continent. This goal is being realised by fulfilling basic and primary needs, the things that keep us functioning as a society, through energy, water, and food. We manage to do all this through our commodities and investments in renewable energy, which we are using to fuel our future. Through our growth and innovation, we are working towards becoming an unstoppable source of endless possibilities.

Our Commitment

EXXARO’S STEWARDSHIP TIMELINE

We are committed to being an environmentally responsible organisation. We continue to drive sustainability throughout our business and build on our track record of delivery.

2006
  • Adopted Energy Efficiency Accord
2008
  • Established an energy efficiency task team with voluntary champions at each BU
    • Sponsored Unisa’s chair in business and climate change for three years
    • Reported carbon emissions for the first time: 19 MT of tCO2e
2009
  • Developed a comprehensive response for energy, carbon and climate change management
2010
  • Introduced a major water management programme
    • Developed renewable energy projects
2011
  • Launched the biodiversity, waste and air programme
    • Cennergi was formed as a standalone energy company with an international energy partner (Tata)
    • Spent R107 million on developing cleaner energy initiatives: cogeneration, carbon credit trading, renewable energy, biodiesel, coal-fed methane development, and coal baseload projects
2012
  • Significantly reduced our carbon footprint
    • Cennergi became the preferred bidder for two wind energy projects to produce 234 MW
2013
  • Cennergi began constructing the Amakhala Emoyeni and Tsitsikamma wind farms
2014
  • Exxaro was awarded the Global Green Award for world-class sustainable environmental practices
2016
  • All operations granted integrated WULs
2017
  • Submitted first pollution prevention plans
    • First submission to the South African National Atmospheric Emission Inventory System
    • Submitted 2017 GHG and carbon budget reports
2018
  • Cennergi paid dividends to Exxaro
2019
  • Implemented new energy efficiency and carbon footprint reduction projects at Grootegeluk
    • Compliance with the GHG pollution prevention plan
    • Quantification of carbon tax liability
2020
  • Acquired the remaining 50% of Cennergi to increase our renewable energy contribution and reduce our carbon footprint
    • An independent assessment of our alignment with the TCFD
      recommendations was undertaken
    • Published our climate change position statement and support for the TCFD recommendations
2021
  • Established the Decarbonisation Portfolio Management Office
  • Won the globally recognised ESG award: Best Sustainability Reporting and Finalist for Climate Change Reporting

Zero harm remains Exxaro’s key safety objective. The group recorded a lost time injury frequency rate (2020: 0.05) Target: less than 0.08, which is lower than the set target of 0.11. We remain confident that we will continue to improve on this through our ‘Khetha Ukuphepha’ safety campaign, which we launched in November 2019. We are pleased to report zero fatalities for 62 months as at 02 May 2022 (reached five years Fatality Free milestone on 2 March 2022)

Safety

Health

We are committed to addressing the challenges of access to quality and affordable healthcare for our people.

The health and wellness of our employees and contractors are of the utmost importance, which is why we introduced the occupational health incident frequency rate (OHIFR) in 2017 to drive awareness and to improve the health of all our people.

Health

Climate Change

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We believe that the impact of climate change presents a serious challenge to society, our mining communities, and operations. Urgent action is required to mitigate the local and global effects of climate change. We remain focused on lowering our carbon footprint. In a fast-changing legislative environment, with the promulgation of the carbon tax from 1 June 2019, reducing GHGs is a business imperative as it could affect our financial performance. Our carbon intensity continues to show a decreasing trend as we focus on managing our electricity and diesel consumption. We expect this trend to continue as we implement initiatives to support our 2050 carbon-neutrality target.

Climate Change

The Environment

Exxaro is a responsible corporate citizen and plays an active role in protecting and preserving the environment through initiatives aimed at reducing our carbon footprint. As such, we recognise that we must contribute positively to the global goal of transitioning to a low-carbon economy while managing the immediate needs of all our stakeholders. With that in mind, we released our Climate Change Position Statement in March 2020 and our Climate Change Response Strategy in March 2021.

The Environment

Our Communities

Exxaro plays a significant role in South Africa as an employer, offering direct and indirect jobs, skills development, as well as Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) opportunities. Our socio-economic development strategy, including our approach to education and ESD, is aligned with our vision to have a positive impact on society.

We also consider the long-term perspectives of government strategies, such as the 2030 National Development Plan and the integrated development plans of the local municipalities where we operate.

In the age of worsening pollution crises and global warming, individuals and communities are increasingly aware of the environmental impact of the way we live and work at the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We remain committed to being part of the solution as South Africa works towards setting an example of sustainable development for the rest of the continent, and indeed, the world.

Our Communities

Societal Impact

Enterprise and Supplier Development

Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) refers to a set of affirmative action and local content development measures aimed at promoting economic transformation. Under the revised B-BBEE codes, ESD refers to the combination of preferential procurement, supplier diversity, supplier development and enterprise development programmes.

Societal Impact

Enterprise and Supplier Development

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Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) refers to a set of affirmative action and local content development measures aimed at promoting economic transformation. Under the revised B-BBEE Codes, ESD refers to the combination of Preferential Procurement, Supplier Diversity, Supplier Development and Enterprise Development programmes.

Closure Planning

Planning early for mine closure is critical to protect the future of the environment and society, and to uplift the surrounding communities. That’s why we prioritise closure planning and mining rehabilitation, ensuring we tick all the boxes before, during, and after the operating life of a mine.

Closure Planning

Sustainability Contact

ESD
Call : Centre
+27 87 283 9704
 
esd@exxaro.com