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Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 1903; doi:10.3390/su9111903

Environmental Activity of Mining Industry Leaders in Poland in Line with the Principles of Sustainable Development

Faculty of Geoengineering, Mining and Geology, Industrial and GeoEconomics Division, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Na Grobli 15, 50-421 Wroclaw, Poland
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Received: 26 July 2017 / Revised: 3 October 2017 / Accepted: 18 October 2017 / Published: 1 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources)
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As mining companies reveal more and more public information about themselves, the behaviour fosters a better image. This article aims to present two industry leaders in the context of environmental requirements they have met (status at the end of 2015), acting in compliance with the general principles of a socially responsible business. The choice of KGHM (Kombinat Gorniczo-Hutniczy Miedzi) companies (copper ores and other accompanying elements) CG PGE (Capital Group Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A.) (lignite) was dictated by their significant share in the mining industry in Poland. The environmental aspects of the integrated monthly reports were listed and grouped in detail in accordance with the applicable Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and GRI G4 Mining and Metals guidelines. The values of environmental indicators have been analysed over the years, including inter alia data concerning gas emissions, that is, CO2, SOx, NOx, PM or generated waste and sewage. Also, with regard to the environmental aspect of the work, energy consumption in companies is presented together with the characteristics of the fuel balance. The final part of the article compares the value of the revenues to the budgets of local government units (communes) from the operating fee paid by entrepreneurs and expenditures of these municipalities on environmental protection, as additional support by these entities (2013–2015). View Full-Text
Keywords: corporate social responsibility; environmental indicators; sustainability reports; mining industry; Poland corporate social responsibility; environmental indicators; sustainability reports; mining industry; Poland
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Woźniak, J.; Pactwa, K. Environmental Activity of Mining Industry Leaders in Poland in Line with the Principles of Sustainable Development. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1903.

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