Amongst the projects in our investment portfolio which are of unwavering importance are those connected with protecting the natural environment, including investment projects aimed at limiting polluting emissions. Both at the Legnica Copper Smelter and Refinery as well as at the Głogów Copper Smelter and Refinery we carried out projects to adapt the metallurgical installations to BATAs conclusions. The new Gas Treatment installation at the Legnica Copper Smelter and Refinery, whose construction started in 2020, will ultimately reduce residual pollution by up to 99 percent. Our business model is combined with care for the environment; every segment of this model incorporates standards which ensure the safe and environmentally-friendly conduct of operations.
In the past year we also intensified our actions in the area of energy generation, aiming to increase the amount of energy supplied by our own resources, including renewables (RES). As part of a Company Program called „Development of energy generation, including RES” we adopted among others a Spatial Planning Concept which foresees an increase in installed capacity in two photovoltaic power plant projects. These power plants will arise on land owned by KGHM’s divisions.
We initiated procedures to alter planning documentation in municipalities in which in future there will arise renewable energy sources. Meanwhile, in December 2020 KGHM ZANAM brought on-line the first photovoltaic power plant in Poland using 4.0. technology. Green energy is a global trend, one which we as a Company intend to pursue, as it brings with it many challenges and opportunities for our business. We want to produce „green copper”, utilising clean energy. We should remember that there is no climate-related transformation without copper. At the same time there is no Green Deal without KGHM.
I wish to point out that in KGHM we treat the question of our people’s safety with particular care. Thanks to the attitude and commitment of all of our employees, in 2020 we marked a record low accident rate in the form of the LTIRFKGHM (Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate KGHM). It amounted to 7.3, or a decrease by 29 percent compared to 2019 and as much as 61 percent compared to 2010. So too KGHM INTERNATIONAL LTD. in 2020, despite the exceptionally tough conditions presented by the pandemic, recorded its best result in history in terms of occupational health and safety.