We are committed to undertaking our activities in a way that minimises impact on the environment. The Environmental Policy and the “Base Way”, our core set of guiding business principles, drive our commitment to preventing pollution, minimising impacts, contributing to protecting and conserving biodiversity and driving environmentally responsible behaviour.
We believe that good environmental performance contributes to business success. We empower our employees to work in an environmentally responsible manner and encourage everyone to take responsibility in this regard. We work in partnership with our host communities, conservation groups and environmental experts to realise our objectives and regularly review our environmental performance to achieve continuous improvement.
A comprehensive understanding of the environmental impacts during design, construction presented during operations and ultimately closure of the Kwale Mine direct our environmental programmes. Base Titanium’s organisational structure brings environment to the highest managerial level thus ensuring that impacts are managed and opportunities exploited and developed to the full.
A dedicated and professional team manages the mine’s environmental function based on an environmental management system guided by Base Titanium’s Environmental Policy.
To give effect to the Environment Policy an Environmental and Social Management System has been developed to provide the context and framework for systematic management of environmental and social impacts in a manner that supports continual improvement in performance guided by the Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (“ESIA”).
A series of studies commenced in 1998 culminating in the completion of the ESIA in 2000. In July 2002 the National Environmental Management Authority (“NEMA”) conditionally approved the ESIA and issued the Environmental Impact Assessment License in June 2005.
Subsequently several addenda reports were prepared and approved by NEMA to cover project components not included in the original study.
To support the development of the ESIA and to inform project design, construction and operation, comprehensive specialist studies were undertaken to understand the project environmental setting and provide recommendations for minimising environmental impacts and exploiting opportunities.
A non-technical Environmental and Social Impact Summary Report was prepared to provide a synopsis of the ESIA documentation.