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Air quality

Dust suppression sprays at a platinum operation in South AfricaUsing dust suppression sprays is a way to improve air quality

Managing air quality is essential to the way we do business. There is potential for Anglo American to generate gaseous and particulate pollution during our operations, which could have a negative impact on local, regional and global air quality.

The main pollutants we generate from mining and processing are particulate emissions (fine and coarse dust), sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Pollutants can be difficult to measure, particularly when it comes to calculating the amount of dust generated by mining operations. For such sources, we use emission estimates which are based on internationally accepted techniques, and use these estimations as a benchmark to measure and improve on our performance.

Air quality performance standard

Our approach to managing air quality emissions is governed through the mandatory performance requirements and associated recommended practices that form part of the Environment Way. In 2011, we issued draft recommended practices on the responsible management of air quality.

The Environment Way includes minimum air quality performance requirements based on European Union Standards and World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines. These apply throughout the lifecycle of Anglo American projects and operations. Those operations where air quality management is a material issue have carried out air emission inventories to identify the significant emission sources and allow for better management. All our operations have dust monitoring and control programmes in place.

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