Head of International Policy and UK Government Relations, Group International and Government Relations, Anglo American
Jonathan has responsibility for Group public policy positioning and advocacy on climate change, leads on UK Government Relations, provides Government Relations support to Anglo American’s operations to Brazil, and strategic stakeholder management for the Group’s Executive Committee.
Prior to joining Anglo American in 2018, Jonathan served as a British diplomat for 21 years, during which time he spent four years in Hanoi, Vietnam and eight years in Brazil (5 in Brasilia and 3 in Rio de Janeiro). His time in Rio coincided with the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games and Jonathan led the UK Government’s work on the Games, receiving an OBE from HM Queen Elizabeth for this work.
Jonathan holds a bachelor degree in geography from the University of Sheffield and is based in London.
Anglo American – Climate Change
Anglo American’s Purpose, to re-imagine mining to improve people’s lives, is at the heart of everything we do.
Combined with our values and guiding our strategy, it is the context against which we consider the defining challenges of our era, including climate change. It is how we start to answer the question of what our contribution could (and should) be in the transition to a low carbon world and how Anglo American can thrive through and beyond that transition. We know we must be resilient, but that is not enough. We are committed to being a part of the global response to climate change, because it is the right thing for the long-term sustainability of our business, and also the right thing for society.
Mining has a critical role to play in providing the metals and minerals needed for a low-carbon world. The copper, platinum group metals (PGMs), nickel and premium-quality iron ore that we produce are key raw materials for renewable electricity generation and distribution, for the electrification of transportation (in all its forms) and for other emerging technologies such as smart grids and the hydrogen economy. The introduction into our portfolio of low-carbon, organic Polyhalite fertiliser, once the Woodsmith Project in the UK is commissioned, will continue our trajectory towards supplying those products that support a cleaner, greener and more sustainable world.
Today, mining is a significant source of carbon emissions. We are changing that. We met our initial 2020 emission reduction targets a year early.
We had already committed to improving our energy efficiency by 30% and reducing our GHG emissions by 30% by 2030 (vs. 2016 baselines). But to constrain global temperature rise to less than 2oC above pre-industrial levels, with an aim of no more than 1.5oC, carbon intensive sectors, such as ours, need to play our part. Some of our host countries are committed to carbon neutrality by 2050.
To support these aims, and to drive environmental and financial value for us as a business, we have set ourselves the target of achieving carbon neutrality across our operations (Scopes 1 and 2) before 2040 and are aiming to have eight of our assets carbon neutral by 2030.
Achieving these targets will be contingent on the efficacy and value creation potential of a number of emerging abatement technologies, including those within our FutureSmart Mining™ programme, and other levers we can pull, and how these shape specific emissions reduction pathways for each operation.