All of the above activities contribute to reducing the consumption of natural resources, e.g. natural aggregates, sands or gravels.
The reclamation of an energy waste landfill in Blachownia also began in 2019. The applicable decision on the closure of the landfill was obtained in August, including the approval of the method and schedule of its remediation.
Accepting of the waste for landfill was discontinued in January 2014, and its final closure process began in 2019. The furnace waste landfill is an over-ground landfill and covers a total of about 74 ha. The reclamation is carried out in two stages: as the technical and biological reclamation.
The Group has knowledge about the areas that are valuable from the nature point of view, whose locations are subject to the Group’s impact, including the NATURA 2000 network areas. One such area is even created as part of the industrial infrastructure of Zakład Górniczy Brzeszcze (Brzeszcze Coal Mine), which was created in order to ensure the hydrotechnical protection of the Upper Vistula against saline underground waters coming from the drainage of hard coal mines. The „Brzeszcze” retention and dosing reservoir, as well as the place of discharge, is located in the Natura 2000 protected area. Special Bird Protection Area „Stawy w Brzeszczach” (Brzeszcze Ponds) PLB 120009, with an area of 3,065.9 ha. This area covers the breeding pond complexes in the Upper Vistula valley, located on both sides of the river. The Vistula, meandering in its valley, creates small oxbow lakes. There are about 14 species of birds from Annex I of the Birds Directive (out of 180 contained in the directive) and 5 species from the Polish Red Book (PCK) in the nature refuge. During the breeding season, the area is inhabited by at least 1% of the national population of the following bird species from the Polish Red Book: little bittern, purple heron, white tern, night heron, common moorhen, croaking, red-bellied, black-headed gull, henchard. A relatively high numbers are reached by: bittern, black tern and great crested grebe.
Nature analyses were also carried out in 2019, which were related to the planned investment project, i.e. the construction of a photovoltaic farm in the area of ul. Wrzosowa in Stalowa Wola. In order to protect valuable objects, the investment project area was reduced, leaving aside at least the pond and the beaver habitation grounds, and it was declared that the farm would be built in a special way, i.e. preserving the ponds with the reeds and their buffer zone to protect the bittern and little bittern, and excluding an old, overgrown reservoir with a ditch and beaver dam from the investment project.
In addition, TAURON Ekoenergia and Kopalnia Wapienia “Czatkowice” are conducting environmental monitoring pursuant to the applicable laws.