SUNConferences, 29th Annual Conference of SAIIE

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ENVIRONMENTAL DATA BENCHMARKING REPORTING STRUCTURE FOR THE SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD MINING INDUSTRY
Hendrika Magdalena Maryke Janse van Rensburg, H G Brand, J C Vosloo

Last modified: 2018-10-09

Abstract


In recent years legislative and economic pressure have placed pressure on the gold mining industry to be pro-active in sustainable development. Companies should therefore not only report but manage their environmental impact.  
Most mining companies have implemented an environmental data management system which collects the data for reporting. However, companies lack the reporting structure to identify environmental optimisation opportunities. This paper develops a simplified environmental report structure that can be used by top management for effective environmental management. 
The methodology focuses on identifying environmental standard requirements followed by benchmarking each business unit in terms of best practices and previous performance. Each business unit will then be visually displayed against set benchmarking targets to identify underperformance. The main goal is to structure the knowledge obtain from the operations information in a manner to drive optimisation opportunity identification.  
The methodology was implemented on a large gold mining company.  Underperforming business units were identified. Further investigation identified electricity and water use saving opportunities at one of these operations.


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