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Sibanthracite switches to electricity produced by renewable resources

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Siberian Anthracite, which is part of the Sibanthracite Group, will become the first coal mining enterprise in Russia to purchase electricity generated by renewable energy sources (RES). The company will fully cover its electricity needs using wind power, thereby significantly reducing indirect greenhouse gas emissions.

The company has signed a three-year contract with Novosibirsk Energosbyt to acquire energy generated by Novavind’s wind farms in Stavropol Region, as well as Adygea, the owner of the most powerful wind farm in the Russian Federation. The fact that the electricity being supplied has been generated by renewable energy sources will be attested to by I-REC ‘green’ certificates.

The company will purchase enough wind-generated electricity to cover 100% of its needs for the next three years. Delivery of the ‘green energy’ will begin on 1 January 2022.

The mining company’s transition to renewable electricity, with a total consumption of about 56.6 million kWh/y, will reduce indirect greenhouse gas emissions from 17 800 tpy of carbon dioxide (CO2) (according to Enerdata data on average emissions of Russia’s energy sector) to 49 600 tpy (according to EBRD data on emissions of Siberia’s unified energy system).

“The shift to clean renewable energy is part of the group’s comprehensive programme to reduce the company’s carbon footprint. We are proud that Siberian Anthracite will be the first coal mining company in our country to fully cover its needs from renewable energy sources,” said Sergey Melnikov, General Director of the Sibanthracite Management Company.

“More and more companies are currently choosing the path of sustainable development and implementing corporate social responsibility strategies in accordance with the requirements of the main international standards. Novavind contributes to reducing the Russian energy sector’s carbon footprint and provides partners with additional tools for achieving sustainable development goals,” said Grigory Nazarov, Novavind’s Deputy Director General for Development and International Business.

The Sibanthracite Group is also considering using electricity generated by renewable energy at its other mines: Vostochny Open-Pit Mine in Novosibirsk Region, and Kiyzassky Open-Pit Mine in Kemerovo Region. In the future, the company will consider the possibility of using ‘clean’ energy in planning all of its investment projects.

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