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Terrebonne Parish in the US state of Louisiana has historically been prosperous due to its rich environment on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, abundant natural resources and unique Cajun culture. In recent years though, the area has been threatened by coastal erosion and land loss.
Over the past five years, the emissions intensity of iron ore production at our Western Australia Iron Ore (WAIO) assets has fallen by 11 per cent.
A successful recruitment drive and a change in training approach has helped The Spence Growth Option (SGO) Project achieve its goal of a diverse workforce at its concentrator plant.
Shipping is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG) in BHP’s value chain. While biodiesel, methanol and battery-powered dry bulk vessels have the potential to reduce future emissions, liquefied natural gas (LNG) is capable to delivering emissions reductions now.
In FY2019, BHP supported scientific research to examine the impact of seafloor infrastructure on fish in northwest Australia. This was to better understand the offshore decommissioning options for our Petroleum business.
In September 2018, BHP entered into a three-year partnership with independent economic development organisation GW3, to support collaborative efforts to progress the Greater Whitsunday region’s development priorities and initiatives.
BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities (BSC) and global non-profit organisation Global Communities launched the Colombia Resilience Project in 2013 to reduce poverty and increase the resilience of vulnerable population groups in Colombia.
The majority of water used at Olympic Dam is supplied from the Great Artesian Basin (GAB), a resource shared with Indigenous peoples, communities, agriculture and other industries.
Through our partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), BHP invested US$14 million in 2016 in the Sustainable Rivers and Forests Initiative, supporting conservation in the Columbia Bottomlands region in the US states of Texas and Arkansas.
Development of Western Australia Iron Ore’s (WAIO’s) South Flank mine started in late 2018. But the planning process to protect biodiversity at the site had been underway since 2010 when a population of ghost bats was identified in the area.