To achieve its environmental protection goals, the Company complies with the current national regulatory requirements and embraces the principles on the sustainable use of natural resources, on the reduction of harmful emissions, on the sparing use of water resources, on the careful placement and recycling of waste, and on the recultivation of disturbed land.
Due to the attainment of its environmental investment targets, the Company’s enterprises are able to minimise the environmental impact of their operations. In 2014, more than USD 53 million was spent on environmental protection investments and on the sustainable use of natural resources. This includes approximately USD 5.85 million which was allocated for the current environmental protection efforts of the enterprises.
The construction and launch of a Coke Oven Battery N#6 at Ural Steel, which is equipped with a dust-free coke pushing system and includes a functionality for capturing and filtration of dust and gas emissions, is an important milestone in reducing the Company’s environmental impact.
In 2014, the Company received a certificate from the World Steel Association (WSA) that confirmed the Company’s compliance with its reporting obligations regarding accurate СО2 data. These reports are based on a uniform methodology developed by the WSA for steel companies.
The Company’s enterprises are guided by both national and international standards when addressing the environmental aspects of their operations. In 2014, OEMK and Ural Steel successfully passed supervision audits; Lebedinsky GOK and Mikhailovsky GOK passed recertification audits of their environmental management systems, which confirmed their compliance with the international requirements of ISO 14001.
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