We understand that, to create sustained value for our stakeholders, our strategy must recognise and balance the inherent trade-offs we face.
In developing our strategy, we consider the potential trade-offs our strategic decisions create to ensure we fully comprehend these decisions as well as work to maximise positive outcomes and curb negative impacts.
We can link each of our trade-offs to the achievement of one or more of our strategic objectives.
We know that achieving our objectives must be balanced and we will not necessarily be able to maximise all objectives concurrently. However, we have robust processes and decision-making frameworks to make choices and trade-offs between these objectives. Over time, each objective will be realised.
As a developing country, South Africa depends on reliable energy to fuel its growth. However, coal has a noticeable impact on environmental systems. As the frequency and scale of climate change-related events continue to grow so has the imperative to transition to a low-carbon economy. We support this imperative but we are mindful that structural economic transitions take time. Without adequate planning, transitions like these have historically had negative impacts on the most vulnerable in society. Our purpose is to power better lives in Africa and beyond. To achieve this, we continue carefully considering the critical trade-offs of the economy's immediate and affordable energy needs along with the growing and urgent need to reduce carbon emissions to sustain our environmental systems. Our Sustainable Growth and Impact strategy is designed to balance these seemingly competitive needs, ensuring we participate in the just transition to a low-carbon economy while delivering on our early value coal strategy in a prudent and responsible manner.
Given that we intend to become a multi-core business, our capital allocation approach must support our short and long-term growth ambitions. We will need to allocate finite capital to opportunities in minerals, energy and impact that will enable our strategic objectives.
Our approach to capital allocation is agile and an integral component of our strategy creation and delivery. Our capital allocation process is supported by governance that supports disciplined and unbiased decision making.
Our strategic objectives and their metrics (which include stringent financial return metrics for each growth area) will continue to provide the guide for our capital allocation so that we objectively assess strategic trade-offs related to capital allocation.
The intent to decarbonise is at the heart of our Sustainable Growth and Impact strategy. Our acquisition targets will include their own carbon emission and carbon intensity figures that we will have to evaluate in our growth journey.
Key measures related to carbon intensity and emissions are included in our strategic performance metrics and will be a key tool for evaluating and balancing trade-offs related to growth. A key role our decarbonisation roadmap is to give us a better understanding of future scenarios and projections for our business. This will give us further clarity on future shortfalls and opportunities.