DIRECT ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVITIES COMPLIANCE POINTSEXTERNAL DRIVERS
LIFE OF MINE PLANS
END OF MINE LIFE
STATUTORY AND SITE
AUTHORITIES TO MINE
LICENCE & CONSENT
Our Environmental Policy is at the core of all our environmental
management activities. This policy supports our Environmental
Management System (EMS), Site Environmental Management
Plans (SEMPs), Life of Mine Plans and End of Mine Life Plans
and Environmental monitoring. The EMS is part of the risk
management process that covers all our businesses.
Environmental planning and management is a core operational
activity and, in addition to the environmental team, we expect our
operational staff to identify and manage environmental risks on
site. During the year, we continued to integrate site environmental
activities into our operational and mining procedures and plans.
Environmental issues are routinely considered in mine-planning
Our Environmental Management System
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tools such as the Life of Mine Plans, Authorities to Mine and
Work Instructions. These management tools are used in the
day-to-day operations of sites. Incorporating environmental
management into these systems ensures that environmental
planning is given the same focus as other aspects of mine
Before any new mining activity starts, detailed mine design,
reflecting the standards applicable to the new operation, is
completed as the final stage of project development prior to
construction and commissioning. Once mines are operating, the
statutory and regulatory standards are integrated into individual
Site Environmental Management Plans (SEMP). SEMPs are site-
specific plans developed by operational staff with the guidance
of our environmental specialists. They set out the requirements
for design, implementation and monitoring of the measures
taken to manage environmental impacts, and include statutory
standards and regulatory conditions which are in turn reflected
in the Authority to Mine and Work Instruction documentation.
The SEMPs contain a set of targets for each site in various
areas of environmental impact, training and communication.
All sites have a target of 100% compliance with their
resource consents and other statutory requirements.
Other targets relate to:
Site rehabilitation rates, methods and designs
Water management upgrades and improvements
Management of discharges of dust to the air
An environmental control group, comprising senior management,
monitors environmental performance. Environmental
committees of operational staff and relevant contractors at
Rotowaro, Huntly East, Ohai and Stockton Mines review and
analyse environmental monitoring, audit results and issues
arising at their sites.
Solid Energy conducts, through external, independent auditors,
annual reviews of our environmental performance. Reviews of
performance relative to the prescribed standards that exist in
the licences, consents or the SEMP are conducted at each
site in association with annual HASNO audits. The reviews
are undertaken at all sites including our renewable energy
businesses, Nature’s Flame and Biodiesel New Zealand.