The company has agreements for its iron ore and nickel operations in Brazil from 2022, for its copper operations in Chile from 2021 and has now signed an agreement with Engie Energia Peru to provide renewable energy for its Quellaveco copper mine in Moquegua, which is expected to begin production in 2022.
"Copper has such an important role to play in enabling the global transition to a low carbon economy, so it is important for Anglo American's new world-class copper mine in Peru - Quellaveco - to lead the way by minimising its own carbon and broader environmental footprint," said Anglo American's CEO of Peru, Tom McCulley.
Anglo American has set a target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030 and to be carbon neutral across by 2040.
Quellaveco will be supplied by the US$300 million 260MW Punta Lomitas wind project in south-central Peru under development by Engie Energia Peru. The wind farm will consist of 57 wind turbines with a unit capacity of between 4.5 and 5.2 megawatts per turbine and a 60km transmission line that would connect it to the National Interconnected Electric System (SEIN). Quellaveco will receive 150MW for an initial eight-year period.
Quellaveco is set to produce 225,000 tonnes per year of copper with initial production in 2022.