Siberian Anthracite JSC (part of Sibanthracite Group) signed a three-year contract with Novosibirskenergosbyt JSC for the purchase of energy generated by NovaWind wind farms in the Stavropol Krai and Adygea. Electricity generated from renewable energy sources is confirmed by I-REC green certificates.
The company will become the first coal mining company in Russia to purchase wind-generated electricity and fully cover energy needs from renewable energy sources. Thus, it will significantly reduce indirect greenhouse gas emissions. Green energy supplies will start on January 1, 2022.
The company’s transition to renewable electricity with a total consumption of about 56.6 million kWh per year will reduce indirect greenhouse gas emissions from 17.8 thousand tons of CO2 per year (according to Enerdata information on average emission intensity in the Russian energy sector) to 49.6 thousand tons of CO2 per year (according to EBRD data on emission intensity of the united energy system of Siberia).
“NovaWind is consistently implementing the Rosatom strategy for low-carbon energy production based on nuclear and wind power generation. Currently, more and more companies are choosing the path to sustainable development and implementing corporate social responsibility strategies in accordance with major international standards. NovaWind contributes to reducing carbon footprint in the Russian energy sector and provides partners with additional tools to achieve sustainable development goals,” said Grigory Nazarov, Deputy CEO for Development and International Business, NovaWind JSC.
“Switching to renewable green energy is part of the Group’s Integrated Carbon Footprint Assessment Program. We are proud that Siberian Anthracite is the first coal mining enterprise in our country that will fully cover its needs through renewable energy sources,” says Sergey Melnikov, CEO, Sibanthracite Management Company.
In the future, Sibanthracite Group is considering the possibility of using renewable energy at other enterprises of the group – Vostochny Open-Pit Mine (Novosibirsk region) and Kiyzassky Open-Pit Mine (Kemerovo region). All investment projects of the company will also be planned taking into account the possibilities of using “green” energy.
NovaWind JSC is ROSATOM’s division consolidating efforts of the Russian nuclear corporation in the energy generation advanced segments and technological platforms. The company was established in September 2017 to accumulate Rosatom’s competencies in wind power generation, from design and construction to mechanical engineering and operation of wind farms. Until 2027, Rosatom will put into operation approximately 1.7 GW of wind generation capacity.
Novosibirskenergosbyt JSC is a guaranteeing supplier of electricity in the territory of Novosibirsk and the Novosibirsk region. Since 2012, Novosibirskenergosbyt JSC has been top ranked by NP Market Council Association for nine successive years in “Sales companies: settlements in the wholesale and retail markets” among guaranteeing suppliers.
Sibanthracite Group is ranked first in the production and export of Ultra High-Grade anthracite, and is the largest producer of metallurgical coal at the domestic level. The Group includes the leading coal companies of the Novosibirsk region: Siberian Anthracite and Vostochny Open-Pit Mine, and Kiyzassky Open-Pit Mine (a major coal producer in the Kemerovo region).
I-REC is an international non-profit organization that has developed and implemented energy attribute tracking standard. The I-REC certificates are compliant with major international sustainability standards including the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, CDP, RE100, ISO. In Russia the certificates are issued by authorized association Goal Number Seven (GNS).