The Group reports total charges or fines paid annually, and details of any environmental incidents or charges above the materiality threshold. The materiality threshold is based on a qualitative assessment (scope of impact on the environment, employees and communities and impact on operations) and a financial assessment (a single emissions charge in excess of $100,000) of each incident.
The Group has reported no material environmental incidents in the last 5 years.
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In 2018, environmental fines amounted to a total of approximately $300,000 (2017: $180,000) for the Group, spread across 12 separate instances none of which are considered material and with no single payment exceeding the Group’s quantitative materiality threshold of $100,000.
permitting and emissions charges
Environmental permits are granted for our operations, setting annual limits for emissions, water use and water discharge. If levels exceed these limits, charges are applied in proportion to the amount of emissions or usage in excess of the limits.The Group paid negligible excess emissions charges of less than $1,000 in 2018 (2017: $80,000). Such payments are administrative in nature and are not considered to be fines for breaches of regulations. Excess emissions charges are not related to any potential risk to the environment or the safe operation of our tailings facilities or other environmental management systems.