Waste management is an important environmental issue in the TAURON Group. The large quantities of waste produced by individual production plants (power plants, combined heat and power plants and coal mines) require management, translating into an environmental burden and costs for the Group.

That is why the Group embrace an ambitious objective under Environmental protection in 2012 to manage 90% of the post-production waste generated by the coal mines, power plants, combined heat and power plants belonging to the Group by 2020.

Last year’s Sustainability Report touted our successes. In 2015, we manager 94% of this waste.


2015 Mass of hazardous waste [tonne]
Kopalnia Wapienia Czatkowice TAURON Wytwarzanie TAURON Wydobycie TAURON Ciepło TAURON Ekoenergia TAURON Dystrybucja TOTAL
Reuse 10 6 16
Recycling 2 0,1 182 184
Recovery (including energy recovery) 30 120 14 33 4 32 233
Disposal 19 2 18 977 1 016
Storage 0
Warehousing 13 0,03 0,016 13
Composting 0
Other 10 10
TOTAL WASTE MASS 42 158 26 51 4 1 191 1 472
*In “Other” row waste subject to R12 process was indicated
2015 Mass of waste other than hazardous [tonne]
Kopalnia Wapienia Czatkowice TAURON Wytwarzanie TAURON Wydobycie TAURON Ciepło TAURON Ekoenergia TAURON Dystrybucja TOTAL
Reuse 1 1
Recycling 168 662 44 2254 3 128
Recovery (including energy recovery) 312 1 685 112 2 590 932 239 555 10,5 794 4 516 716
Disposal 9 335 293 80 0,1 1846 11 554
Storage 62 3 534 261 16 700 244 20 801
Warehousing 11 452 231 292 2 301 245 045
Composting 24 24
Other 4 302 1 816 6 118
TOTAL WASTE MASS 566 1 714 398 2 824 594 258 637 298 4 894 4 803 387

drogaGroup companies harness their waste management synergy. TAURON Wydobycie, TAURON Wytwarzanie and TAURON Ciepło are participating in the Grey2Green project to manage jointly the waste generated by Group companies and convert the maximum quantity of waste into products. Efforts taken in 2015 to create waste-free coal mines and power plants included the following:

  • ash management, mainly fluidised,
  • some waste rock management in coal production to avoid storage costs,
  • sell aggregates to modernise flood embankments,
  • savings by avoiding waste storage costs,
  • manage the mud in ground sedimentation tanks using an innovative technology,
  • cut costs of recovery of ground sedimentation tanks.

In 2015 TAURON Wydobycie produced 365 thousand tonnes of aggregate. Since 2011 TAURON Wydobycie has produced 1,708 thousand tonnes of aggregate used in road construction, reclamation of municipal waste landfill and construction of flood embankments.

The idea of creating a waste-free coal mine in subsequent years calls for doing the following:

  • slashing waste storage costs,
  • minimising the environmental impact exerted by generated waste,
  • preventing waste generation at source,
  • converting waste into products,
  • selling waste products (aggregate, aggregate mixtures and granulates),
  • minimising the waste placed in sedimentation tanks,
  • rolling out environmentally-friendly waste production and processing technologies.

In 2015 the company undertook significant measures to optimise waste management. Numerous rules streamlining the area were implemented:

  • a consistent base of industrial waste codes and waste classification guidelines were introduced, ensuring a harmonised classification of each waste type in the entire organisation to ramp up the possibilities of managing waste across the company,
  • a waste storage standard was developed for waste before its transmission to the recipient; the deadline for technical adjustment of storage sites was scheduled in June 2017.
  • a consistent template of the agreement for industrial waste collection was developed and implemented, containing requirements going beyond legal regulations. The provision binding waste recipients to file quarterly reports on its management is new.
  • an attachment to agreements with customers was developed and implemented, assigning to them waste management obligations.
  • an information campaign was conducted among employees on municipal waste segregation; agreements with municipalities for waste collection were updated and containers for waste segregation were prepared in all corporate venues. Segregation of municipal waste started in 2016.
  • information materials were prepared: leaflets, brochures attached to various official materials, tender bids, advising of the importance environmental protection has for the company and translating into customer expectations,
  • types of equipment and devices used in the distribution grid were analysed, including recommendations on the type of equipment to be used in a standardised office (equipment with the minimum adverse environmental impact).