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The Green JSW


Care for the natural environment drives us to seek innovative, efficient and cost-effective technologies. We want to create a modern, eco-friendly mining-sector company, based on the region's economic tradition, human capital, respect for natural resources and innovative technological solutions.


Production of hydrogen

We are intensively working on implementing technology to separate hydrogen from coke oven gas, which is a by-product in the production of coke. Hydrogen can be used in fuel cells for ecological and zero-emission generation of electricity, ecological public transport, power supply for electric devices and emergency power supply units (hospitals, schools, administration). Implementing and developing zero-emission urban transport based on hydrogen fuel cells will significantly improve the quality of air and bring a range of other benefits such as lower noise and pollution and a reduction in CO2 emissions. Separating hydrogen from coke oven gas will be an important step towards a cleaner air, leading to coking coal being considered as a source of clean energy.

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Hydrogen cell factory - electric and hydrogen vehicles

As part of a land rehabilitation programme at the former Krupiński mine, JSW is planning a factory for hydrogen cells, which are used in electromobility – mainly fuel cells with a proton exchange membrane (PEM). As part of this programme, in the same location JSW is planning to build a manufacturing line for electric buses (AUTOMOTIV GK JSW) (including hydrogen-powered buses) and a production line for an electric light commercial vehicle. The Company is also planning to build a factory and production line for hydrogen-powered wagons and locomotives.

Modern energy

Use of methane

We are a leader in the economic use of methane. Capturing methane from the mine and ventilation air methane drainage system not only reduces the methane threat in mines but also improves energy efficiency and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Currently, 60% of the captured methane is converted into energy. In 2017, we captured 160 million m3 of methane, of which we used approx. 92 million m3. The Company plans a five-fold increase in methane-based electricity generation by 2030.

Methane drainage will improve workplace safety for miners, speed up coal extraction and increase JSW’s energy independence. Electricity generation at JSW’s gas installations is expected to increase from 90 thousand MWh currently to 490 thousand MWh after 2022. This will also lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Award in „Modernisation of the Year” competition

At the end of August 2018, „Modernisation of the Year” awards were handed out in the Great Room at the Royal Castle in Warsaw. Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa received a distinction in the industrial and engineering facilities category for the construction of a cogeneration system with 2 x 4 MWe generators powered by methane from methane drainage at the Budryk mine.

The electricity produced this way accounts for one-third of the mine’s energy needs. Thermal energy is also produced in the electricity generation process, which in the future will be used to generate cooling used to improve the climate conditions underground. A reduction in methane emissions into the air was an additional outcome of this project. This methane-based task is highly aligned with JSW’s strategy, which is aimed at decoupling from external energy suppliers.

The „Modernisation of the Year” competition included 12 construction areas, including: residential, educational, cultural, sport, health and recreation, road, industrial and engineering, interior, revitalisation, etc. The organisers’ aim is to promote ambitious and enthusiastic people who want to change their reality for the better. The competition is not just for individuals but also for chambers, poviats, city offices, institutions, property developers. The best and most distinctive construction undertakings are awarded and promoted every year.

Materials of the future

Eco-friendly materials of the future

As part of a land rehabilitation programme at the former mine Krupiński in Suszec, we are planning to open a factory for carbon fibres made of coking-process by-products, while at the former coking plant Dębieńsko – the manufacture of adsorbents, carbon nanotubes using by-products formed in the production of coking coal and coke, including type-34 coal or coke dust.  The use of high-quality light materials and components translates into lower CO2 and nitrogen oxide emissions.

Carbon fibres

Exceptionally durable, light material with a unique look. These fibres are used as construction material in numerous laminates requiring special properties. For example, the energy industry uses such materials for producing wind turbine blades.

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Coal-based adsorbents

Used to remove pollution from liquid or gas substances, as catalysers or carriers, used for gas storage. Cheap and effective adsorbents sought are after due to the ever stricter environmental protection requirements.

Carbon nanostructures

Used in automotive, energy, chemistry and electronics. Strong market in the aviation, defence and electronics sectors, mainly due to their small weight combined with exceptional durability. Carbon nanostructures are equal to 1-3% of the weight of graphite electrodes in lithium-ion batteries.

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Energy efficiency

JSW undertakes activities resulting from energy audit recommendations in order to improve the energy efficiency of its energy sources and devices. Energy efficiency certificates („white certificates”) are a market mechanism that forces action to be taken in order to improve energy efficiency. These certificates are awarded to companies that successfully implement activities leading to substantial energy savings.

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Use of fuel in JSW Group

unit of measure 2017 2018
Motor gasoline litre 169 562,4 175 149,9
Diesel fuel litre 7 955 402,4 7 906 184,2
LPG litre 45 738,5 57 794,2
Gas from mine methane drainage m3 22 305 190,0 18 732 816,0
Coke oven gas m3 1 287 644 460.0 1 327 904 234.0
Heating oil tonne 64,0 57,4
Hard coal tonne 16 544,9 109,1
Waste gas fuel (excess gas) GJ 124 045,0 125 723,0
Natural gas m3 50 916,0 83 977,0

Energy consumption in JSW Group

unit of measure 2017 2018
generation MWh 907 303,84 903 377,23
consumption MWh 1 390 484,0 1 437 580,8
Heating (steam)
generation GJ 2 399 146,0 2 332 962.0
consumption GJ 3 017 762,2 2 950 509,0
Heat (hot water)
generation GJ 173 835,2 176 395,0
consumption GJ 845 948,8 832 753,5
generation GJ 170 320,0 170 530,0
consumption GJ 372 295,0 364 130,0

Energy cluster


At the turn of 2017 and 2018, JSW Group analysed possibilities for forming an energy cluster within its grounds. This analysis made it possible to identify the potential of energy infrastructure located on JSW’s areas and determine cooperation with municipalities in the following scope:

  • opportunities for mutual support in the generation of electricity and heating, including renewables,
  • expanding opportunities for securing co-financing and funding for energy consumption improvements, emission reductions and increase in share of renewables,
  • development of transport towards electromobility, including the construction of an EV charging station and development of electric public transport,
  • improving the quality of air by joint activities reducing household emissions.

Next, JSW commissioned JSW Innowacje to work with Krajowa Agencja Poszanowania Energii S.A. to form and develop an energy cluster within its area of operations. Five municipalities with the strongest potential for this project were selected.

Workshop and training meetings will be held as part of this project. A document will be drafted on this basis, not only describing the region’s resources and potential but above all presenting the objectives and development directions based on existing and planned support instruments. It will also underscore the local government’s substantial role as initiator and promoter of activities intended to improve energy efficiency and develop renewable energy sources in the region and to influence residents’ awareness. The project’s final stage will involve an application to the Ministry of Energy for certification of the cluster.

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