Anglo American has delivered on its commitment to source 100% renewable energy for all its operations in Brazil, Chile and Peru. Having already secured renewable energy to meet all its power requirements for its iron ore and nickel operations in Brazil from 2022, and for its copper operations in Chile from 2021, Anglo American has now signed an agreement with Engie Energía Perú to provide 100% renewable energy for the Quellaveco copper operation in Peru. It is expected to begin production in 2022.

“Copper has such an important role to play in enabling the global transition to a low carbon economy, so it is important for Anglo American’s new world-class copper mine in Peru  — Quellaveco  —  to lead the way by minimizing its own carbon and broader environmental footprint,” said Tom McCulley, CEO of Anglo American in Peru. “The combination of renewable energy and our FutureSmart Mining program’s higher precision technologies, which target the required metals and minerals more precisely, with reduced water, energy and capital intensity, is changing the very nature of mining and how our stakeholders experience our business — for the better.”

Using renewable energy to power operations across South America is another step toward Anglo’s 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 30% that is embedded in the Sustainable Mining Plan and toward its commitment to be carbon neutral across its global operational footprint by 2040, according to Anik Michaud, group director of corporate relations and sustainable impact at Anglo American.