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All aspects of the TAURON Group’s business are conducted in consideration of their impact on the local environment as well as the quality and price of products and services offered to customers. TAURON’s customers are also the beneficiaries of the Group's efforts related to protecting the quality of the natural environment and the way its resources are managed.
The Group’s great assets are its natural resources that constitute a part of the natural capital that TAURON uses to provide customers with its products and services. Water, land and air are resources that are impacted by the Group’s business operations. With these resources in mind every effort is made to reduce this impact. TAURON strives to convert 100% of its combustion waste into products.
The Group owns 29% of Poland’s coal resources (type 31-33).
In order to optimally utilize the available raw material potential, the following investment projects are carried out: deepening of the shaft at Janina Coal Mine, construction of the shaft at Sobieski Coal Mine and the investment projects at Brzeszcze Coal Mine. TAURON’s coal mining assets play an important role in the value chain. They are its first link, and thanks to the investment projects underway they are to guarantee the supply of suitable quality coal to the Group’s generating units. It is assumed that TAURON’s coal mines, after the projects currently underway have been completed, will become sustainably profitable and with limited further development will be the primary source of fuel for the Group’s modern generating units. Water is an important natural resource for TAURON, as it is, among others, widely used in the electricity production processes. By using closed cooling water circuits at the Group’s power plants, the consumption of this resource is limited to the necessary minimum. The Group has also taken steps to recover this resource through mine drainage processes and reuse the water recovered from the mines in its technological processes. In addition to the conventional coal-fired generating units, TAURON also uses falling water’s energy and wind energy to produce electricity. The Group is operating 34 hydroelectric power plants located in the south of Poland and 9 wind farms, located mainly in the northern part of the country. TAURON has also started the execution of photovoltaic power plant construction projects, meaning that solar energy will become another natural resource tapped into by TAURON.
The Group also has a limestone mine in its asset portfolio, where it acquires, among others, sorbent for flue gas desulphurization at conventional power plants. The raw material obtained is also widely used outside the energy sector – it is used in agriculture, steel making, construction, lime, cement, sugar and road building industries.
Electricity and heat production and distribution are areas that closely link TAURON with local communities. In its business operations the Group takes into account their expectations and minimizes the negative impact of the enterprise on the quality of local communities’ life.
In the long term, the impact of TAURON’s business operations on natural resources will be declining, both due to the need to meet the expected tightening of the environmental standards and climate policy, investments in new, low- and zero-emission energy sources, and due to the permanent shutdown of inefficient conventional units. We also want to continuously improve the efficiency of our work with our own or used natural capital. We strive to use it better and in a circular manner.