We seek to conduct our business in a way that continuously improves the efficiency of our production processes, protects ecological functions and reduces the environmental footprint of our operations. Our environmental strategies are formulated in close cooperation with external stakeholders and their execution are integrated into operational decision making and management processes.
Minimising environmental impacts represents one of the principal challenges for the mining and metals industry. Similar to our peers, the environmental aspects demanding our greatest attention relate to water, energy and climate change, emissions to air, waste, biodiversity and land management, and material stewardship. Recognising the importance of environmental performance to our business, we take the management of these environmental issues very seriously and responsible environmental stewardship is integrated into our business planning, management systems and day-to-day operational decision making.
Nyrstar’s approach to environmental management starts with The Nyrstar Way which provides the foundation for the company values and culture we want to foster. Of particular relevance to environment, the Nyrstar Way requires us to Prevent Harm establishing an imperative for our people to act and take decisions with a view to minimising environmental impacts. Further, our Environmental Policy sets out our environmental management principles and commitments that all operations must respect and follow.
All Nyrstar sites are required to implement environmental management systems (EMSs) in alignment with the Nyrstar SHEC Management Framework. The EMSs help to drive continuous improvement in environmental performance by ensuring environmental impacts are identified, understood, controlled and subject to regular monitoring and review. The systems implemented at Nyrstar’s smelters are also certified to the ISO 14001 environmental management system standard. In our Mining segment, the Tennessee Mines complex achieved certification to ISO 14001 in 2014 and several of our other mines are working towards certification in coming years.