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Actively managing our impacts on our communities and the environment

Developing a mining project in a remote area is a very sensitive undertaking. It can have a long-lasting impact on the lives of those residing within the host communities, including potentially long-term environmental effects. At Teranga we believe that one of our main responsibility is to minimize our impacts on the environment and our host communities through upfront engagement and consultation at every stage of the mine’s life cycle.

Our Approach

Our employees, our host communities, governments and all other stakeholders have a right to expect a high standard of environmental performance from Teranga. We take a precautionary approach throughout the life of the mine to address any temporary or long-lasting effects that our mining operations may have on the environment. We first assess any potential environmental impact and then evaluate how to avoid or mitigate it, with the aim of preserving the long-term health, function and viability of the natural environments affected by our operations


Committed to the highest standards of environmental management, we conduct our activities in compliance with the laws and regulations of the countries we operate in. A legal register has been compiled and is updated regularly to ensure that we are kept abreast of regulatory changes and that our standards are in compliance with the best practices available. 

Beyond Compliance

Our environmental policy, as with our principles and standards, goes beyond regulatory obligations and reflects our commitment to reducing and mitigating our impacts on all areas affected by our activities: soil and air pollution; biodiversity; use of chemicals and hazardous substances; waste management; resource utilization (water, energy); and climate change. This policy reflects our commitment towards training our employees and contractors on environmental awareness and management.

In addition to these measures, our inspection program proactively monitors the environmental performance of each of our departments on site, and performance indicators are disseminated on a weekly basis to department managers. Incidents or failures in respect to the environmental management standards are addressed through corrective actions.


Teranga's activities are energy dependent.  In Senegal, we rely on a 36 megawatt power plant located on site and our main energy sources are heavy fuel oil and light fuel oil sourced from Dakar. While our energy consumption has increased commensurate with growth in our operations, Teranga continues to pursue energy efficiency initiatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate Change

Teranga recognizes the impact that its activities can have on climate change and the risks associated with this issue and we have taken actions to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, including the implementation of a video-conference system to reduce flight travel and the installation of an incinerator to burn waste and limit emissions through fume confinement. Additionally, we have a preventative maintenance policy for our mining equipment fleet to ensure optimal efficiency.

Water Management

As water is critical to our operating activities and to the communities surrounding our mine site, we take strides to reduce water use and to minimize our impact on the availability of this resource.  At the Sabodala mine, a monthly monitoring program is in place as part of the environmental management system to ensure the quality of surface and ground water. Drinkable water is maintained in compliance with the World Health Organization standards. 

Land Use & Rehabilitation


All of our projects have a specific mitigation plan for land use and rehabilitation. These plans are included in our Environmental and Social Management and Monitoring Plan and agreed to by stakeholders. Rehabilitation plans are operational documents regularly reviewed and updated to ensure they are kept current with mining operation developments.



trees were planted for
rehabilitation at the
Sabodala mine, in 2016



The Sabodala site is located approximately 40 kilometres from the Niokolo Koba National Park, Senegal. We recognize that our activities have an impact on biodiversity and ecosystems and cannot be dissociated from them. Biodiversity is fully integrated into our Environmental Management System and is part of all Environment & Social Impact Assessments that we undertake. 

As a result of the construction of permanent water dams (used to harvest rainwater for operations), a significant change in local biodiversity has occurred over time. Fish species started to appear naturally in the lakes, followed by indigenous and migratory bird species. Large fauna can now be spotted around these waters as well (e.g., crocodiles, pythons, jackals, warthogs). Cattle now have easy access to water in all seasons, and villagers have started to fish. 

These bodies of water will be preserved as part of the rehabilitation strategy, offering great opportunities for economic activities beyond the life of the mine. 

Waste Management

Waste is a by-product of our activities and therefore waste management improvement is one of our top priorities.  We continue to work with our employees and business partners to implement programs to improve waste management controls and partnered with several suppliers to dispose of waste off site.

Air Quality

Air quality is assessed through Teranga’s environmental monitoring program. A key air quality issue is related to dust generated by traffic from our supply chain and blasts. Teranga implemented a dust reduction program that involves spraying molasses on the roads near affected villages.