The TAURON Group established a specialized entity – Bioeko Grupa TAURON (formerly Biomasa Grupa TAURON) in 2019, with its operations, in addition to the supply of biomass, which is a solid fuel considered neutral in terms of climate impact, focused on the implementation of the principles of Circular Economy with respect to the by-products of combustion and mining, thus contributing directly to the resource efficiency. As such materials of anthropogenic origin successfully replace the natural materials, reducing the consumption of the minerals such as sand, gravel, gypsum etc. The activities related to the development of new products and services in this field and gaining access to the new markets related thereto began in 2019, also carrying out scientific cooperation with the AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow.
As part of the steps taken to improve resource efficiency, the activities related to the development of new products and services for local governments, for which TAURON Dystrybucja Serwis is managing the lighting systems, were also started in 2019. The goal for 2020 is to replace at least 28 thousand LED fixtures as part of the lighting replacement efforts and install more electric vehicle charging stations so that their total number could reach 100 units in 2020.
TARUON Ciepło took an inventory of its metering network in 2019 in order to prepare the model that would enable quick identification of the district heating network water leaks. The ultimate implementation in the future is directly dependent on the availability of water at the current price and potential possible savings in the operating costs.
The Group’s operations contribute little to the deforestation, forest degradation or land use change. Only the operations of KW “Czatkowice” directly entail a change in the use of forest land, but this adverse impact is compensated.
The extraction of the deposit in the newly documented area requires deforestation of approx. 29 ha of forests. To date, approximately 14.5 ha have been gradually deforested. The afforestation of the so-called protection belt to minimize the mining impacts, including compensation for the future deforestation, was begun in 2014. The measure had been taken ahead of the commencement of the exploitation of a new part of the deposit, which took place in 2016. More than 100,000 trees were planted on the protection belt in the years 2014 – 2016, which together with the natural succession formed an area of approx. 33 ha, fully compensating for the deforestations carried out so far, as well as those planned in the coming years. It is believed that when the last batch of forests is cleared for mining, the forest stand on the protection belt will be fully mature and will take over the functions of the land deforested for mining.