Effective environmental stewardship requires a mix of technical, engineering, management and communication skills, allied to a long term commitment.
How we manage water use, emissions, waste and effluent
Environmental stewardship (alongside health and safety) is managed by the Group’s Divisions Directors which are supported by a corporate HSE (Health Safety and Environment) Department (based in Moscow). This Department manages Divisional HSE groups and more than 120 professionals across all of our sites and reports directly to our Administrative Director.
The HSE Policy and Framework were approved by the Board in 2013 and apply to all of our operating plants. The policy defines our commitment to compliance with relevant laws and regulations and an equal commitment to continuous HSE performance improvement. The management system is subject to ongoing internal audit and annual external verification by an independent certification company against the ISO14001 standard. We also continue to comply with REACH and the requirements of the chemical industry program Responsible Care. Our approach to the management of environment and health and safety performance is unified under the system described here.
Water is used in production and energy generation across the company’s plants. It is sourced in varying measure from surface and groundwater sources. Its use is governed by national and EU regulations, as well as our own management targets. Consumption patterns are monitored and managed by the HSE teams at each plant, reporting back to the Corporate HSE Department.
The main emissions across the company’s plants are sulphur oxides, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulphuric acid, ammonia, particulates and hydrocarbons
Emissions levels and controls are governed by national and EU regulations, as well as our own management targets. We also operate a network of air quality monitoring stations at Belorechensk, Nevinnomyssk, Tuapse, Kotelnikovo, Novomoskovsk, Kingisepp and Usoliye. The resulting data is fed to regional hydro-meteorological centers, from where it is made available to government authorities and media.
Emission levels are monitored and managed by the HSE teams at each plant, reporting back to the Plant Managers and Corporate HSE Department.
Waste and effluent
The main solid waste streams from the company’s plants are phosphogypsum (from phosphate fertilizer production), overburden and concentration tailings (from mining operations).
Waste and emissions levels are governed by national and EU regulations, as well as our own management targets. These are monitored and managed by the HSE teams at each plant, reporting back to the Plant Managers and Corporate HSE Department.
Targets and objectives
Our strategic objective is to continually reduce our environmental footprint. In relation to our key indicators we have the following objectives:
• Reduce atmospheric emissions and waste water year-on-year
• Reduce volumes of solid waste and increase recycling year-on-year
• Continuously improve environmental management systems and compliance
We produce environmental impact assessments (EIA) and actions plans for major investment projects. These include the EuroChem Northwest ammonia project and the Usolskiy Potash project, for which we have conducted a detailed social and environmental impact assessment in accordance with the Equator Principles.