Environmental Responsibility

Decades before land restoration was required by law, Peabody was reclaiming landscapes and sustaining farms, ranches, wildlife and communities.

Respect and responsibility for the land and communities where we operate are core to Peabody’s sustainability approach. Our best-in-class social responsibility practices take the shape of successful land stewardship and valued community partnerships in the areas where our employees live and work. Peabody’s environmental policies and programs are designed to ensure that coal mining and use benefit society, enhance the company’s environmental leadership and assure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.

Coal miner outside with hard hatDetailed post-mining plans are researched, designed and approved by regulatory agencies. Contemporaneous land restoration ensures the smallest active area for mining operations, and ongoing monitoring allows the company to measure results and adjust to changing environmental conditions. Peabody has pioneered agricultural practices that return mined land to highly productive farmland from the Australian outback to the U.S. Midwest.  
In 2015, the company restored over 4,700 acres of mined lands into rangeland, wildlife habitat, hardwood forests, prime farmland and wetlands including over 180 acres of forested area and over 300 acres of ponds and lakes. In addition, Peabody planted approximately 442,000 trees.

Peabody launched its first land reclamation program – “Operation Green Earth” – in 1954, nearly a quarter century before the U.S. Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement was formed, and we have never ceased working to deliver on our environmental commitments through new levels of innovation, efficiency and care.

Robust energy efficiency and waste reduction initiatives also characterize Peabody’s approach to environmental responsibility. Our conservation and efficiency efforts have resulted in reduced greenhouse emissions intensity over the years – even as the amount of power needed to recover a ton of coal has grown. Peabody limits water use whenever possible and integrates environmental best practices into the management of this vital resource.

Respect for the natural world is embedded in our every action, from mine and land restoration planning to the way we operate our mines and engage with local communities.

Learn more in our Corporate and Social Responsibility Report or watch the video below featuring award-winning land restoration in the Powder River Basin.

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