Environment

Lucara is committed to sustainable development and continuous improvement. This requires us to apply the precautionary principle in all of our planning. Thorough environmental and social impact assessments assist us in developing robust management systems and plans that minimize adverse impacts and identify and maximize opportunities for sustainable investments.

Our commitments are set out in our Environmental Policy, which we review every two years, last updated in January 2017.

Lucara Botswana

Lucara Botswana is committed to sustainable development and continuous improvement, which requires that we minimize the short and long term adverse impacts of our activities on the environment. At the Karowe Diamond Mine, we achieve this through the effective implementation of our approved Environmental Management Plan.

Lucara Botswana promotes environmental education and awareness in our operations and our local communities. We expect our employees, contractors and visitors will behave and conduct themselves in ways that protect the environment and actively seek to mitigate potential adverse impacts on the environment, through effective and efficient waste management, water use, energy use, biodiversity conservation practices and implementation of the Closure Plan.

Our commitments are set out in our Environmental Policy, which we review every two years, last updated in February 2019.

From our Environmental Policy:

  • Conduct all our activities in compliance with our EMP, applicable laws, legislation and other requirements providing for the protection of the environment, employees and the communities affected by our operations;
  • Apply high standards in the absence of legislation or more stringent criteria (guided by the Equator Principles and International Financial Corporations Guidelines) than those required by law where Lucara Botswana believes these are needed, to advance environmental protection and to minimize environmental risks;
  • Integrate the management of environmental, social, cultural and economic issues into company business practices and planning;
  • Protect the environment through the wise use of resources and prevention of adverse environmental impacts, including pollution prevention;
  • Implement, maintain and improve management systems and programs to achieve effective and efficient waste management, water use, energy use, biodiversity conservation, and implementation of our closure plan and to continually improve environmental performance through a process of regular reviews;
  • Communicate openly with government authorities, employees, local communities and the public to foster mutual understanding of Boteti’s environmental commitments and performance.