Russia: PhosAgro Increases Renewable Energy Use in Agrochemical Production
PhosAgro will increase the use of renewable energy for production of agrochemical products from 2021 after the Apatit mining and beneficiation plant (the Kirov branch of JSC Apatit) signed a contract for the supply of hydroelectric power with TGC-1, reports World Fertilizer magazine. The 100 MW contracted means that more than 60% of the beneficiation plant’s output will be produced using ‘green’ electricity.
In December 2020, PhosAgro’s Board of Directors approved a climate strategy. The core element of this strategy is continued work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including indirect emissions that are generated during the production of electricity consumed by the company’s production facilities. As part of this climate strategy, a low-carbon transition plan has been adopted, which includes technical, technological and organisational measures that are being developed and implemented.
PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev said: “Switching to hydroelectric power is another step towards achieving our goal of reducing indirect greenhouse gas emissions. This is important for us, both in terms of reducing the carbon footprint of our products, and in terms of increasing their appeal for foreign markets, which are traditionally sensitive to environmental issues.”
PhosAgro actively implements energy-efficient green technologies at its enterprises. This includes employing frequency converters in production complexes, which reduce the power consumed by electric motors and energy loss when starting engines. PhosAgro is also undertaking a major project in the field of energy efficiency in constructing a number of heat energy converters to generate electricity at sulfuric acid plants. Thanks to this, the company’s chemical production facilities in Cherepovets and Balakovo generate 60-80% of the energy they require on site. A similar power plant is currently being planned and designed for construction in Volkhov as part of an investment project to build a new production facility there.