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Jupiter eyes solar power at Tshipi

16th November 2023

By: Darren Parker

Creamer Media Contributing Editor Online

     

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ASX-listed Jupiter Mines has released a strategy outlining the company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) priorities for 2024, including commitments to launch an ESG reporting framework, publish an inaugural Sustainability Report and explore the potential to install solar power at the Tshipi manganese mine in the Northern Cape.

Jupiter owns a 49.9% stake in Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining, which operates the Tshipi mine.

“We’ve got a clear plan to drive our sustainability performance, with transparency and accountability. Our sustainability reporting framework combines leading global and locally relevant standards that will provide meaningful disclosures for all of our stakeholders and support our vision,” Jupiter MD Brad Rogers says.

A study to assess the potential of installing a solar power plant at Tshipi was completed on September 30 and found that there is both a business case and an ESG benefit to installing solar power at the mine.

The current power source at Tshipi comes from State-owned utility Eskom, which mainly operates coal-fired power plants. Tshipi also uses diesel generators as a backup.

Jupiter reports that its focus has now moved to execution planning, including a consideration of optimal timing and delivery models for a solar plant.

Meanwhile, the company’s 2024 ESG reporting framework consists of planning, executing, monitoring and reporting against the standards, goals and principles endorsed within the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the International Council of Mining and Metals Principles, the Global Reporting Initiatives Standards, the United Nations Global Compact Principles and broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) requirements.

Jupiter says its ESG priorities will revolve around emissions management; energy efficiency; health, safety and wellbeing; community empowerment; management and workforce diversity; and value generation.

In terms of emissions management, Jupiter has expressed its commitment to emissions control, progressing in dust monitoring, greenhouse gas emission management and clean water initiatives.

“We also value our partnerships and accreditations in responsible mining,” Jupiter says.

The company adds that it aims to be proactive in energy efficiency, with innovations such as solar installations at Tshipi, improved conveyors, fleet management and transport strategies.

“Health, safety and wellbeing are [also] paramount. We're introducing wellness strategies, enhancing employee capabilities, and shifting towards proactive health initiatives,” the company says.

It adds that it will be focusing on Tshipi's BBBEE programme, as well as its social and labour plan and the Tshipi Mining Charter programme.

“We believe in the importance of diversity on the board, in management and in the workforce. Through Tshipi's employment equity policy, board skill enhancement and our Tshipi Women in Mining programme, we are working towards a more diverse and inclusive environment,” the company says.

The company also notes that value generation is central to its mission.

“We're refining supplier partnerships, managing risks and strengthening our investment approaches. As we look forward, we're emphasizing stakeholder relationships, refining our processes, planning sustainably and investing in forward-thinking initiatives like electronic vehicle batteries,” Jupiter reveals.

Edited by Chanel de Bruyn
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online

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