Zimplats recognizes that the scale of its operational activities inevitably impact on the environment through land disturbance, resource consumption and pollution. Responsible environmental stewardship is essential in the management of environmental impacts and of our relationships with host communities, regulators and other stakeholders. Our strategic focus is to proactively prevent, mitigate, minimize and remediate environmental impacts on natural resources and the communities around our operations. We work in accordance with a certified environmental management system (ISO14001:2015) which is integrated into BMS. Regulators are important in our environmental management approach and we engage and work together in managing and monitoring environmental impacts and in complying with relevant regulations. Our strategic approach to managing environmental impact and conserving natural resources Our strategic approach to managing environmental impact and conserving natural resources revolves around three key areas: compliance obligations, resource management and mitigating impact.
Our environmental policy provides a framework for responsible and environmentally friendly exploration, mining and processing operations.
Our approach to climate change mitigation
The Government of Zimbabwe developed the National Climate Policy in 2016 to drive the country towards being climate-resilient and carbon neutral. The impacts of climate change on Zimbabwe are already being felt with increased variability in the seasonal distribution of rainfall, an increase in average temperatures, increased incidents of intense rainfall followed by long dry spells, late-onset and early cessation of rains.
The country experienced one of its worst climate change-induced disasters, tropical cyclone Idai in FY2019. Zimplats is progressively integrating climate change mitigation into core business and aligning processes with the climate change national policy and the Implats group-wide strategy and greenhouse gas (GHG) assessments with the aim of:
A group-wide strategy is in place to improve reporting on Scope 3 emissions. Our efforts in combating climate change are meant to support sustainable development goals, particularly SDG 13 relating to climate action.