GREEN PORT WIND ENERGY PROJECT
ROSATOM’S SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES
Case presented by the Sustainable Development Department of Rosatom State Corporation, in cooperation with NovaWind JSC
- Atomenergoprom (Moscow)
- NovaWind (Moscow)
- Atomenergopromsbyt (Moscow
- Delo Group of Companies (Russia)
- Russian and foreign companies seeking proof of the low-carbon nature of the electricity they consume
In April 2021, Atomenergoprom and Delo Group (Russia's largest transport and logistics holding) signed an agreement to implement joint measures aimed at ensuring the transition of logistics terminals to low-carbon green energy sources. This is how Green Port pilot project was launched.
One of the first steps of the project is to organize delivery of wind-generated electric power to the largest terminals in the Azov-Black Sea region of Russia: the NUTEP container terminal and the KSC grain terminal in Novorossiysk. These terminals were the first major port infrastructure facilities in the country to announce the switch to renewable energy.
Atomenergopromsbyt (part of the management circuit of NovaWind, the wind energy division of Rosatom) was a partner in the project. Under the terms of the agreement, starting January 1, 2022, NUTEP and KSC terminals will fully switch to using electricity generated by wind farms.
NUTEP and KSK terminals are the most modern in Southern Russia, and Delo Group is implementing a large-scale investment program to modernize them, aimed at expanding throughput capacity and purchasing the latest equipment.
The annual throughput capacity of the NUTEP container terminal is 700,000 TEUs1. The terminal accounts for 61% of the container turnover in the Azov-Black Sea basin, and 9% in Russia’s total, with some of the largest international lines among its customers. The throughput capacity of the KSC grain terminal is 6 million tons per year, the terminal's share in Russia's grain exports was 12% in 2020.
The Green Port Project will allow the use of electricity based on low-carbon energy sources (RES) to promote exports from Russia with minimal CO2 emissions, which, in turn, will be reflected in the reduction of NUTEP and SSC terminals’ reported rates of indirect greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 2) and other indirect carbon emissions (Scope 3) for their customers. Depending on the methodology adopted by the European Union, the indicators may allow Russian exporters to reduce the values of the carbon tax on exports to the European Union, which will be introduced in 2023.
According to NovaWind, the potential reduction of CO2 emissions due to the transition to wind energy under NUTEP and KSC will be about 12.5 thousand tons of CO2/year in relation to the traditional sources of electricity, provided that they burn natural gas, which corresponds to CO2 emissions from 2,700 vehicles.