As part of its investment programme, Alrosa has launched a project to convert its vehicles from gasoline and diesel to natural gas to cut greenhouse gas emissions and boost economic efficiency.
The company has prioritised expanding the use of energy-efficient fuels across the corporate transport fleet to improve the environmental profile of its production activities and reduce the human impact on climate.
Back in 2015, the company began switching some of its vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG), one of the most cost-effective, eco-friendly and safe fuels available. As of today, about 300 vehicles in Mirny and Aikhal are fueled by natural gas. By 2024, the company plans to expand the project to other assets and convert an additional 166 vehicles in Udachny and Lensk to natural gas, bringing the share of vehicles running on this fuel to 37% of its fleet.
This project has allowed Alrosa not only to reduce fuel costs by about 2.6 times per 1 km using natural gas, but also to cut greenhouse gas emissions in CO2 equivalent by 13% per 1 km on average across the fleet running on this fuel (compared with gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles).
By 2024, investments in the project will exceed RUB 650 million, according to the company’s estimates. Out of this amount, more than RUB 450 million was allocated from 2015 to 2020 to build the necessary infrastructure, purchase equipment and refit the vehicles.
“Alrosa has embraced a responsible approach to the global issue of climate change and is now making every effort to deploy energy-efficient and resource-saving technologies that will reduce the carbon footprint of its mining and production operations,” said Polina Anisimova, Chief Ecologist at Alrosa.