The Corporate Ecosystem Services Review Case Study: Anglo American
The Brazilian government plans to increase metal ore output by 30 percent by 2030, with an increase in extraction from the Amazon region. This is a significant business opportunity for mining companies, but balancing commercial and conservation efforts presents a challenge. Anglo American, a large mining company, used the Corporate Ecosystem Services Review (ESR) to inform the design of a 'greenfield' mining project'that is, a new project in an area unconstrained by existing infrastructure or prior work. The new Jacar' Project was located in the Brazilian Amazon Basin. Taking an extra step beyond conventional environmental impact assessment, the sustainability team applied some Anglo American sustainable development assessment tools' such as their environmental way and socioeconomic assessment toolbox' in combination with the ESR, and therefore was well-equipped to investigate strategies to cost-effectively advance corporate water and energy sustainability goals.