Sustainable Mining

Peabody believes in driving excellence in sustainable mining practices.  Core to our approach is a commitment to operating safe workplaces and restoring coal mined lands for generations that follow. All coal produced at Peabody's current mining operations is mountain top removal free.

Safety: A Way of Life

At Peabody, safety is our first value and a leading measure of operational excellence. Our vision is to operate safe and healthy workplaces that are incident free. Every employee commits to this vision and is accountable for what we call “Safety a Way of Life,” an intense culture of safety we embrace at work and away, and one which requires constant care and vigilance.

Peabody set a new company global safety record with zero fatalities along with a 1.22 total recordable injury frequency rate per 200,000 hours worked. This represents a 35 percent improvement in safety since 2012.

In 2016, Peabody was recognized by the National Mining Association as the first company in the industry to achieve independent certification under the CORESafety system® Certification, following an independent audit of Peabody’s safety and health system and implementation across the company’s global platform. Recognition of the accomplishment was applauded by NMA President and Chief Executive Officer Hal Quinn, who noted, “The company not only embraced an approach to drive continuous performance improvement that went above and beyond what is required of it by regulations, but it analyzed where it could do better, developed a plan, recorded metrics and submitted the results to a third-party auditor.”

Land Restoration

Peabody views land restoration as an essential part of the coal mining process and we take great pride in the work we do.

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. Peabody launched its first land reclamation program – “Operation Green Earth” – in 1954, nearly a quarter century before law required it. And we have never ceased working to deliver on our environmental commitments through new levels of innovation, efficiency and care.

Each year, we restore thousands of acres into hardy and productive rangeland, wildlife habitat, hardwood forests and wetlands. Peabody continues reclaiming coal mined lands contemporaneously to restore lands as quickly as possible and continue a sustainable cycle.

Environmental initiatives begin with assessments, which are conducted before any mining activity starts and include comprehensive baseline studies of local ecosystems and land uses. Detailed post-mining plans are researched, designed and approved through state and federal agencies. Contemporaneous land restoration provides for the minimal amount of surface disturbance, and ongoing monitoring and dialogue with regulators allow the company to measure results and adjust to changing conditions.

Over the past decade, Peabody has spent $185 million to restore approximately 48,000 acres of land and has contributed nearly $560 million to the Abandoned Mine Lands program, which was intended for the restoration of lands that other coal producers operated. Our reclamation efforts have been marked by 90 environmental honors since 2000.

I have a great sense of pride and passion in doing reclamation the right way and restoring the land properly for future generations.

Jen Hunt

Environmental Engineer, Bear Run Mine

Peabody is the world’s largest private-sector coal company and a Fortune 500 company. The company is also a leading voice in advocating for sustainable mining, energy access and clean coal technologies. Peabody serves metallurgical and thermal coal customers in more than 25 countries on five continents.