Serbia Zijin Copper is committed to reducing the unfavorable environmental impact in order to preserve the valuable resources and keep the work permit. Through innovative technology and education, we save the energy and protect the environment. We invest in research and development of various technologies and apply standardized management procedures.
Zijin transferred the good practice of constant care for safety, occupational health and ecology from the „Parent Company“ to all subsidiaries around the world, and thus in Bor and Majdanpek, too, already in 2020, the principles of preserving and improving the working and living environment were established.
Great efforts have been made in the field of environmental protection and the overall ecological situation is much better today. The dams on the flotation tailings dumps of all mines were reinforced and remediated, and remarkable results were achieved in solving the problems with dust, solid waste, flue gases, noise, etc.
In the effort to create green mines and achieve a balance between mining development and environmental protection, over three million square meters of land have been greened, and nearly half a million seedlings have been planted. Approximately 50 thousand tons of solid waste and about 2,100 tons of hazardous waste have been properly disposed of.
So far, Serbia Zijin Copper has invested USD 219 million in the environmental management and ecological renewal. A large part of that money was invested in the reclamation of degraded mining areas and the remediation of the historical heritage.
The Company works on the improvement of the condition of the tailings dumps flotation dams, where, by greening the parts exposed to the direct impact of wind and water, it seeks to stabilize dust and minimize the impact of agents on the environment and surrounding villages.
In technical reconstruction and expansion of metallurgical facilities in Bor was invested 320 million dollars, of which only 100 million dollars were invested in environmental protection systems. The reconstructed smelter now uses clean natural gas instead of heavy pollutants like fuel oil, coal, and other high-polluting fuels, and the concentration of powdery substances does not exceed five milligrams per regular cubic meter, which is in accordance with the environmental standards of the European Union.
Serbia Zijin Copper aims to align metallurgical processes with standards for purity, minimal carbon emissions and environmental protection. In 2021, the company invested 30 million dollars in the construction of the flue gas treatment system alone. The desulfurization plant immediately proved highly efficient, reducing sulfur dioxide emissions by over 90 percent in that same year.
Clean technology has brought what the citizens of Bor have been missing for decades – better air quality and better working conditions.