SepHold recognises that the mining and processing of its cement product may have a negative impact on the natural environment in which it operates. SepHold is committed to mitigating the impact, wherever possible, and applying environmental protection measures in its manufacturing and processing activities. SepHold and its subsidiaries’ business strategy has been developed with consideration for the mitigation of carbon emissions, and water and energy inefficiency.
SepCem’s environmental management strategy takes into account water consumption, energy efficiency and the mitigation of carbon emissions. The Aganang and Delmas plants were designed to limit their environmental impact and mitigation measures have been developed for all potential risks. Dust and noise pollution, water consumption and waste generation are monitored and measured periodically in line with legislative requirements at both plants.
These measures were approved by the Departments of Mineral Resources as well as Agriculture and Land Administration. SepCem also complies with all the conditions of its licences issued by the Departments of Water Affairs and Environmental Affairs. SepCem’s long-term objectives and commitments are to:
- be the most carbon-efficient cement producer in southern Africa. The cement plant is designed to limit CO2 emissions to at least 15% lower than the industry standard;
- mitigate any negative environmental impact caused by SepCem’s operations. Through sustained stakeholder engagement, SepCem will identify and develop projects and initiatives that have a reciprocal benefit for the environment and communities; and
- embrace new technology and develop innovations continuously which will reduce SepCem’s environmental footprint and set an example for other industry players. By incorporating modern advances such as vertical roller mills for raw mix, coal and cement grinding; implementing variable frequency drives maximising the extension of some of its products and its electrical energy consumption for a tonne of cement will be up to 20% lower than the industry norm.
Métier believes that good stewardship avoids, minimises and mitigates the negative environmental impact of its operations. Dust filters installed in silos are monitored regularly, while water and slimes are recycled at all operations. All environmental concerns raised by stakeholders are addressed appropriately and promptly by the senior management. A comprehensive business environmental study was undertaken by SRK Consulting to assess Métier’s compliance with standard environmental requirements in South Africa. An environmental management plan was developed for each operation based on the findings of the study. The first environmental management plan was piloted at the Cato Ridge operation in 2012 and, with the assistance of an environmental consultant, has been rolled out at the other operations.