Land rehabilitation and management innovation

by Glencore


A Global Compact member


Rehabilitation of mined land to support post-mining land use, demonstrate environmental stewardship & constant improvement of global practices.

Project implemented: Ongoing

Project goal

GCAA aims to deliver quality rehabilitation to minimise its active footprint to the smallest area practicable.

delivering on

why is this project important?

Effective environmental stewardship supports sustainable land use and biodiversity conservation in Australia, consistent with SDG15.

Key steps to make it happen


GCAA’s environmental commitment includes a comprehensive rehabilitation program to progress rehabilitate & restore mined land

2Community involvement

Community engagement to understand local priorities and preferences informs GCAA’s rehabilitation program.

3Advancing practice

GCAA has pioneered a range of rehabilitation techniques and certification processes to support enhanced post-mining land use

4Continuously improve

To support continuous improvement, GCAA maintains a strong internal focus on land management and land rehabilitation.

impact to date

1080 hectares
Glencore completed rehabilitation on a total of 1080 hectares of land in 2017.
Two sites certified
Glencore has received 2 formal certifications for rehabilitated sites over 2 yrs

GCAA’s focus on mine rehabilitation – backed by scientific rigour, analysis and the use of new technology – has also supported continuous improvement of mine rehabilitation processes across the broader minerals industry.

Glencore is committed to minimising environmental impacts from its operations & applies the precautionary principle in decision-making. As part of this approach, Glencore Coal Assets Australia’s (GCAA) undertakes progressive rehabilitation and work to restore mined land as well as minimise biodiversity impacts.

GCAA has set new standards for openness, accountability & monitoring in establishing processes to meet its commitments and regulatory requirements. Key aspects of its rehabilitation program include:

  • Improving the business-wide focus & awareness of land rehabilitation
  • Undertaking progressive rehabilitation and establishing temporary cover, where appropriate
  • Establishing Annual Rehabilitation & Land Management Plans to quantify rehabilitation targets and outcomes
  • Measuring & reporting progress towards rehabilitation goals.

Land rehabilitation activities and establishment of temporary cover is prioritised to address areas where operations are having the most impact, including on visual amenity and dust generation. Community consultation informs GCAA’s rehabilitation plans.

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