S2's Board and management high environmental standards are driven by passionate personal beliefs that the environments in which we operate must incur minimal disturbance as a result of our activities. We also acknowledge that the long-term sustainability and viability of our business depends on best practice and continuous improvement in the identification, assessment, mitigation and monitoring of the environmental effects of its operations.
It is S2's policy and goal to conduct its business so that disturbance to the environment in which we work and the people who live there is minimal.
The strategy to achieve this goal includes the following key elements:
- Identify, assess and manage risks to the environment and our host communities.
- Uphold ethical business practices and meet or exceed applicable legal and other requirements. Where there are no adequate legal requirements, applying internal standards that minimise, as far as reasonably practicable, any adverse impacts arising from our activities.
- Set and achieve targets that promote the efficient use of resources including reducing and preventing pollution.
- Positively engage regularly, openly and honestly with all stakeholders, including governments, local community, indigenous groups, employees and regulatory authorities in relation to potential environmental issues resulting from our proposed activities, and take their views and concerns into account in our decision making.
- Ensure that all employees are aware of their responsibilities and obligations regarding environmental issues.
- Progressively rehabilitate areas of past disturbance in a responsible manner that is consistent with, or in excess of, relevant regulatory requirements and appropriate industry practice.
- Manage the risks to the environment on a site-specific basis in order to achieve the planned environmental outcomes listed.
The ultimate responsibility for achieving these goals rests with the Board of S2, and this responsibility is accordingly delegated to all management levels.
The S2 team have a long history of progressive rehabilitation of exploration activities, primarily within Western Australia, but also in other localities including Sweden, Finland, Nevada (USA), the Northern Territory and Queensland.
An example of the current S2 team’s approach to rehabilitation is the work completed at Sirius Resources Nova project (a project where the majority of the S2 team formerly worked), which was progressed from conceptual targeting through to mining. The current S2 team was responsible for the rehabilitation of:
- Access tracks
- Drill sites
- Temporary dam sites
Of note was the fact that during a district scale inspection of exploration activities by the Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP), the department acknowledged the rehabilitation efforts of Sirius Resources (the current S2 team) in the regular Environmental eNewsletter where they said "DMP would especially like to congratulate Sirius Resources on the high standard of rehabilitation that has occurred to date on exploration activities associated with the Nova Project."
DMP Enviro-eNews Edition12 201410
The approach S2 takes to environmental management is an early identification of risks and requirements in the planning stages of a work program, and a continued focus through to final site rehabilitation. For more detail see Approach to Rehabilitation.