Ivanhoe Mines is committed to upholding responsible environmental stewardship. Throughout all stages of our operations - from exploration to closure and post-closure - we constantly strive to improve our environmental performance and advocate for the least adverse impact on the natural environment.

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We are committed to responsible water management in support of the UN SDGs. We strive to adopt sustainable practices that promote and ensure responsible consumption, with a special focus on water-stressed regions and areas that are most vulnerable to climate change impacts.

GHG Update

A current and future GHG assessment confirms that the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Complex is the world’s lowest carbon-emitting major copper mine on a Scope 1 and 2 basis.

Reducing Emissions

Kamoa-Kakula and Kipushi source 100% of their grid electricity from renewable energy sources (national hydropower stations). Upgrades undertaken at the Mwadingusha hydropower plant, as well as the Inga II hydropower complex, in collaboration with the DRC’s state-owned power company (SNEL), will ensure life-time renewable energy supply for these projects.

Solar Power

Construction of Platreef’s first 5-MW solar-power plant commenced in Q2 2024. The power generated by this plant will support development activities and operations.


The challenges brought about by climate change on a global level pose constraints both to our business, as well as the biophysical and social environments in which we operate. Managing the risks of climate change requires a dual effort to adapt or adjust to its current and future effects, as well as to mitigate its impacts through reducing emissions or transitioning to lower carbon alternatives as part of our daily operations and practices. In line with our ethos of ‘Mining with a greater purpose’,
an important element of ‘how’ we mine is considering our mining operations’ impact on climate change and vice versa. Ivanhoe Mines is committed to operating its mines with greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions kept as low as reasonably possible.


Ivanhoe understands and acknowledges the importance of responsible water stewardship in the mining industry and takes steps to ensure strategic water management as a valuable resources both within and beyond our mining footprint. We are acutely aware of the water-related challenges in the regions where we operate and strive to adopt sustainable practices that promote responsible usage, particularly in water-stressed regions and those most vulnerable to climate change.

Our approach to water usage is shaped by comprehensive engagement with stakeholders, including investors, policymakers, peer organizations, non-governmental organizations and host communities.


Ivanhoe recognizes the crucial role of biodiversity in sustaining both the mining environment and the livelihoods of local and regional communities. We understand the interconnectedness between the development and implementation of sustainable and inclusive land use planning procedures and the adoption of alternative livelihood practices. We value and respect natural, cultural and heritage resources and are committed to the protection and conservation of biodiversity areas, species and ecosystems, as well as areas and objects of cultural and heritage significance.

Tailings and Waste Management

At Ivanhoe, we make efforts to ensure the sustainable use of resources by adopting effective waste management and circular economy methods. We continually monitor our waste management plans and programs to reduce our waste impact and find avenues for reuse and recycling.

Our tailings storage facilities are specifically engineered and designed to allow for safe storage and management of mineral waste. Concurrent rehabilitation by backfilling enables Ivanhoe to minimize our surface footprint, reduce closure and rehabilitation liabilities and help support the underground mine by filling voids. In addition, Ivanhoe Mines complies with the ICMM requirements for tailings management as set out in the GISTM, at all of our sites.

Group Tailings Policy