OUR ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENT
AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT
We control our atmospheric emissions with the implementation of an air quality management program following the corporate standards of our parent company. We have an integrated system for the monitoring of air quality, the purpose of which is to structure, implement and follow – up the operational procedures of the different mining activities, in a way that we can monitor in real time the emissions generated by the activities of exploitation, transportation and storage of coal.
WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
All of Our Operations have implemented water management plans to prevent the pollution of the runoff waters and to collect and reuse water to reduce the emissions of dust. We have settlement ponds, collection channels and structures for the drainage of dumping, taking into account the best environmental and landscaping practices.
The underground Water Quality Follow – Up Monitoring is made in a periodic manner to guarantee the sustainable use of this resource.
As part of our environmental actions, we implemented strategies inside and outside our environmental concessions for the activation of natural recovery and rehabilitation processes. Within Our Operations in areas that have been intervened, there are processes done to activate the natural recovery, part of these are the physical adaptations of the terrain to give way to the arrangement of soil in which they afterwards plant indigenous plant species of the region, strengthening, in that way, the process of rehabilitation of those areas.
Likewise, we have designed and structured a strategy of environmental compensation to be applied outside the areas of concession, which starts from the identification of the attributes of ecosystems present to boost the environmental services and bringing back to the natural system conditions and benefits, both environmental and for the communities present in the areas of influence, guaranteeing the future ecological restoration.
Our aim in rehabilitating these overburden disposal sites is to integrate them into the natural landscape. We do this by using topsoil to create new landscaping features to maintain ecological elements such as biodiversity, the nutrient cycle, soil enrichment and management, and by revegetation of native species in reshaped or-enriched areas.
We are revising our closure plans to include a protocol for sustainable rehabilitation over time, involving not only landscaping but ecosystem considerations to create protected corridors connecting the different ecosystems in the region.
The Forest Compensation Plan on the basin of the Tucuy River is an ambitious project that was started in 2010 and is developed together with the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development, the Regional Autonomous Corporation of Cesar (Corpocesar), the Foundation Pro Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the inhabitants del of the administrative division of La Victoria de San Isidro, in the municipality of La Jagua de Ibirico, department of Cesar.
The plan arose as a part of the environmental commitment to compensate zones intervened by the mining activities, which seeks to recover more than 2,000 hectares of forest in the Perijá Mountain Range and to destine them to the conservation to create natural corridors on the high basin of the Tucuy River in order to protect and regulate this water source that provides water to a large part of the rural and urban population of the region.
74 families that own plots of land take part in the project, and they committed to release a part of their lands for the recovery and preservation of the natural conditions of the basin for a period of 15 years. The farmers receive a financial incentive to promote the completion of an agro - ecologic plan in their plots of land, as well as training and technical support to put the productive projects into motion.