Green growth towards environmental protection

Updated 11:25' 10/31/2014
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With the assistance of Quang Ninh Province, the Vietnam National Coal-Mineral Industries Holding Corporation Limited (Vinacomin) has attempted to invest in modern scientific and technological research, development and application towards green growth and environmental protection.
Towards green growth

Vinacomin has implemented several solutions in different mining activities, for example, the replacement of wooden pit props with steel props in pit mining. The adoption of modern coal mining technologies has helped Vinacomin save maximum resources and raw materials for production. Coal loss coefficient has reduced from 40-50 percent to 25 percent and the average consumption of wood per pit has reduced from 40-50cu.m to below 10cu.m per 1,000 tonnes of coal.

Vinacomin has also boosted investment in bad coal-fired power projects to save resources and protect the environment. Last year, the total capacity of bad coal-fired power plants under operation reached 1.570MW. Power output production and consumption increased from 720 million kWh in 2006 to 8,500 million kWh in 2013, an 11.8-fold increase and equivalent to 7.3 percent of the country’s total commercial electricity output. Related revenues from power sales have increased from VND432 billion to VND9447 billion.

Thanks to drastic measures, Vinacomin has recorded improvements in occupational health and safety, environmental protection, and especially production and business.

Environmentally responsible

Vinacomin is positive in terms of environmental responsibility. Every Vinacomin affiliate must prepare a post-mining environmental rehabilitation project, with the security deposit specified based on cost estimates for environmental rehabilitation plan for the environment where the mines are located.

Quang Ninh has so far recorded 174 approved environmental rehabilitation projects, including 151 projects with total deposited amount of VND611 billion. Vinacomin affiliates have positively earth-filled pits after mining and planted trees in landfills.

According to Vinacomin leaders, deposit for environmental rehabilitation is an effective tool to force Vinacomin affiliates to prioritize the protection and rehabilitation of the environment./.