Environmental programme 2020
Part of the Group’s development strategy and investment programme, Environmental Programme 2020 is aimed at minimising environmental impact and achieving the industry’s best-in-class environmental performance.
Key projects within Environmental Programme 2020 at Stoilensky
NLMK Group’s total investment in environmental improvements and projects at its sites within Environmental Programme 2020 will exceed 10 billion rubles. The majority of the funds will be invested at the Lipetsk site.
- Reconstruct and upgrade dust collection systems.
- Install a sprinkling and dust suppression system on the tailings pond beach.
- Use tailings in construction of barriers between tailings pond sections.
- Upgrade the water reuse system: build a slurry dewatering unit and new water reuse and tailings transfer pipeline systems (in three phases) to adopt more efficient methods of processing, transporting and storing gangue for reduced environmental impact and energy consumption, and increased pipeline capacity.
Second stage of the technical upgrade programme: impact
NLMK Group allocated more than 21 billion rubles for environmental projects during the second stage of the technical upgrade programme in 2007–2012, bringing total investment in upgrades and new construction to 258 billion rubles. This includes 7.5 billion rubles invested in environmental technology for NLMK Kaluga, a new generation mill opened in July 2013.
The Group’s Russian operations boosted steel production by 52% over the period to reach 14.2 million tonnes, while air emissions decreased by 40% (from 37.5 to 22.6 kg per tonne of steel) and discharges into water were reduced to one fifty-fourth of earlier levels (from 1.08 to 0.02 kg per tonne). The Lipetsk site, which accounts for 80% of the Group’s output, achieved zero waste water in mid-2009.