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Environmental Protection

Our Approach

Our Environmental Protection Policy, developed in 2011, commits us to maintaining a high standard of corporate environmental responsibility by:

  • Preventing environmental contamination and actively working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Optimising the use of energy and natural resources
  • Managing waste efficiently.

We aim for full compliance with environmental regulations and employ international best practices to develop and roll out our own high-performance management systems. We work closely with government authorities, our employees, business partners and NGO experts on matters of environmental protection. Our management team is involved in joint projects with the environmental committees of RSPP and Worldsteel.

Severstal remains focused on improving quality of life, maintaining competitive advantage in our regions and reducing our environmental footprint through developing our environmental protection initiatives.

Environmental responsibility is at the forefront of all our capital development and renovation projects.

In 2015 we invested 3.4 billion roubles (including operating expenses) in environmental protection.

Compliance with ISO management system standards:

  • The Environmental Management System (EMS) of Cherepovets Steel Mill meets the requirements of ISO 14001:2004.
  • Four Severstal businesses have Environmental Management Systems meeting the requirements of ISO 14001.

Our Progress

Severstal Russian Steel

Cherepovets Steel Mill invested 1.2 billion roubles in environmental protection initiatives in 2015. Key projects included:

  • Renovating two coke crusher and charge unit aspiration systems at Sinter Plant 2.
  • As part of the renovation of the Integrated Water Discharge Filtration Station, we installed new filters and rinse water treatment systems, performed hydraulic tests of water pipes, and completed the construction of the switching chamber. Start-up and adjustment of the new station commenced in 2016.
  • We completed the evaluation of the impact of the integrated riverside wastewater outlet of Severstal on the environment of Koshta and Sheksna rivers, and Sheksna Reach of the Rybinsk Reservoir, and the assessment of the environmental benefits of its replacement with a dispersing outlet.
  • We completed the organisational and technical steps to ensure regulatory compliance of our existing industrial landfill mapping.

Karelsky Okatysh

  • Water recycling in the tailing thickening system will reduce wastewater discharge to surface water. Work commenced in 2016 with full capacity expected to be completed by June 2016.
  • As a part of the Pyrolytic Waste Treatment Station construction project, we built a waste sorting facility where waste is collected and sorted by a third-party organisation.
  • We have also launched two crushing and sorting stations capable of processing 60,000 and 30,000 tonnes of slag per month respectively.
  • Under our joint project with Petrozavodsk State University we have planted more than 35,000 new willow trees of a special variety on the phytoremediation of industrial sites.

Vorkutaugol

  • We have launched new Local Treatment Stations (LTS) to improve the quality of oil remover wastewater discharged to Ivnyakovy Stream.
  • The 200,000 square meter area of the Yunyaginskiy open coal pit has been rehabilitated in accordance with the provisions of the feasibility study.

Olcon

  • We have completed the construction of the iron ore concentrate dryer.
  • Nalco dust suppressant was applied over 16 hectares of the tailing pond of the crushing and preparation plant to reduce the particulate matter contamination of air in Olenegorsk.
  • We seeded one hectare of the tailing pond with perennial grasses in 2015 to reduce dusting and remediate the land disturbed in the technology cycle.

Sustainability

Through ongoing technological innovation steel is becoming cleaner, lighter and more efficient than ever before.

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