Respect for the environment
is integral to our approach


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Respect for the environment is integral to Oyu Tolgoi‘s approach to sustainable development. Wherever possible we prevent, or otherwise minimise, and mitigate, harmful effects of our operations on the environment. Excellence in environmental protection is an integral part of our operations.

Safeguarding the Gobi environment for future generations

The construction and operation of the Oyu Tolgoi mine is being carefully planned to ensure the local environment is preserved for future generations of Mongolians. This means satisfying:

  • all Mongolian environmental laws and standards
  • accepted international standards for the mining industry
  • environmental standards and requirements established by project lenders (International Finance Corporation, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development etc)
  • Rio Tinto's environmental policy, environmental strategies and standards
  • our internal programme of regular monitoring of key environmental indicators throughout the South Gobi region

In line with our commitment to Health, Safety and Environment we have developed and implemented a number of strategies that support our approach to environmental stewardship. These cover the management of water, air quality, biodiversity, waste, land and a range of other initiatives including environmental training and management systems. All of our environmental strategies include input from our local communities, government and subject matter experts.

Please refer to Reports and Plans page for detailed information on our environmental management and monitoring activities