Investing in our Environment
Our success relies on the Earth's resources, demanding responsible treatment. Therefore we prioritize minimizing our environmental impact and, when necessary, strive to offset it positively.
This commitment is underpinned by our ISO14001 accredited Environmental Management System at Tungsten West. It encompasses addressing climate change effects, handling environmental concerns like low-frequency noise, dust, and blasting, and investing in biodiversity and restoration
Tackling our carbon footprint
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges that we are facing, and we at Tungsten West recognise our responsibility to take our responsibility. We have a Long-term ambition to be emission free at Hemerdon and are investing in converting to HVO.
At the same time, we are already taking steps to analyse technical, financially feasible and cost-effective options to reduce our carbon footprint during the design, construction and operation of the Hemerdon project.
Minimising our environmental impacts
Beyond our carbon footprint, we have several other environmental impacts at Tungsten West.
Water: In line with the environmental permits and LEP, Tungsten West undertakes water quality sampling at two discharge locations on site (Elfords Pond and Tory Pond). Tungsten West is also monitoring water quality and flow at numerous locations along the Tory Brook and Smallhanger Brook, in addition to monitoring groundwater levels across the entire site, including on site and the surrounding perimeter.
Waste: Our waste generation and disposal are closely monitored according to our EMS, along with the movement of aggregates.
Dust: We rigorously monitor dust levels around the site's perimeter. We're committed to partnering with approved agencies to implement best practices, including a dust assessment and mitigation plan in line with industry guidelines.
Low-Frequency Noise (LFN): Our process improvements and innovative technology reduce material entering the plant, resulting in a significant decrease in LFN.
Blasting: We're developing a Blast Impact Minimisation and Monitoring Scheme, subject to approval by the Mineral Planning Authority, to ensure responsible blasting practices, with community input.
The following figures outline our surface and groundwater monitoring efforts, demonstrating our commitment to environmental protection.
Restoring our natural beauty
Through a £13.2m Restoration Bond, we have made a fully funded restoration commitment for the Hemerdon project. We are also involved in a principal tree planting scheme, which plants 42,000 trees alongside creating important Biodiversity Enhancement Zones.