Assessing the environmental and social impact of Oyu Tolgoi
Oyu Tolgoi contains some of the largest undeveloped deposits of copper and gold in the world. The mine will transform Mongolia and create major economic, social and environmental change over its potential life of over 50 years.
An independent environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) has been commissioned to look at the environmental and social impacts of the Oyu Tolgoi project. It describes how Oyu Tolgoi will minimise and manage its environmental and social impacts, as well as maximise the positive benefits of the project over the lifetime of the mine.
Why has the ESIA been completed?
The ESIA and the contents within it exhibit how Oyu Tolgoi is putting its values into practice. The ESIA was out as part of our commitment to responsible corporate citizenship, but also as a requirement for financial institutions that are funding the project.