Environment

Acron Group’s facilities are committed to complying with Russian regulations on environmental protection. Operations at the Group’s facilities are designed based on the principles of care for the environment, compliance with environment protection regulations, sustainable use of natural resources and continual improvement of environmental protection measures.

All of the Group’s facilities comply with environmental requirements of the laws and statutory regulations in its footprint regions. The Group’s facilities have developed standard technical documents and run a production and environmental monitoring system that ensures all requirements are met. The Group also takes steps to reduce its environmental impact, streamline the use of natural resources, introduce new technical tools and technologies, and perform ongoing environmental monitoring.

As part of the Group’s environmental efforts, Acron, Dorogobuzh, NWPC and Hongri Acron take measures to mitigate adverse environmental impact through atmospheric air and water basin protection and waste treatment.

In 2014, Acron Group spent a total of RUB 314.2 mn on environmental measures.

Atmospheric Emissions

The Group’s facilities have established regular environmental monitoring of emission pollutant content and atmospheric air quality at their sites and on the sanitary protection zone borders.

Acron implements technical measures at its production facilities to ensure that the gas treatment unit operates effectively and that atmospheric pollutant emissions from the Group’s sources comply with permissible emission standards.

In 2014, gross atmospheric pollutant emissions from Acron’s sources totalled 6,601 tonnes, down 2% year-on-year.

The following measures were taken at the Dorogobuzh production facility to decrease and prevent atmospheric pollutant emissions:

  • Filter cloth was replaced after an inspection of the wash scrubber in the mineral fertiliser production sections.
  • An ammonia nitrate flow-measure instrument was installed at the ammonia nitrate production facility at the second plant, ensuring optimal operation of the technological emission treatment unit.

Over the past 10 years, Acron and Dorogobuzh have successfully made efforts to avoid exceeding maximum permissible air pollutant concentrations on their sanitary protection zone borders.

In 2013, Hongri Acron adopted a number of measures to significantly decrease air pollutant emissions from NPK, ammonia nitrate and ammonia production.

NWPC and VPC implement an environmental monitoring programme that covers the licence areas of the deposits designated for the mine facilities.

The final stage of the biological and geological barrier was completed at the Oleniy Ruchey mine facility to ensure structural stability and resolve dust control issues.

In 2014, a number of measures were adopted to decrease air pollutant emissions during construction of the Talitsky mine facilities. Air pollutant emissions decreased by 22.4 t due to the launch of the Talitskaya gas treatment unit and a reduction in the operation time of the diesel power plants at the processing site.

In 2014, Acron, Dorogobuzh, Hongri Acron, NWPC and VPC spent a total of RUB 200 mn to reduce pollutant content in atmospheric emissions.

Water Resources

The Group pays close attention to the health of nearby bodies of water. The Group’s facilities take steps to reduce pure water consumption for industrial purposes and cut the share of pollutants in industrial waste.

The Group’s facilities also implement measures to ensure sustainable water consumption.

In 2014, repair and recovery work was conducted at Acron’s wastewater treatment, water supply and sewage plant and at the ammonia nitrate plant to ensure stable equipment operation, compliance with wastewater treatment parameters, and compliance with regulatory requirements for pollutant emissions into the facility’s sewage system and into open water.

Since 1994, Acron has used its wastewater treatment unit to treat industrial and municipal wastewater for Veliky Novgorod, the Novgorod region and other companies in the Northern Industrial Region.

In 2014, Acron discharged 2,960 tonnes of chemically polluted wastewater to wastewater treatment units, down 8% year-on-year. This reduction was achieved through measures to minimise discharge.

Dorogobuzh adopted the following water protection measures in the reporting year:

  • A biologically treated wastewater secondary sedimentation unit was launched at the industrial wastewater treatment site
  • A pipeline was installed to deliver wastewater from hydro-technical utilities to aerotanks at the wastewater treatment unit
  • Sulphur waste storage was designed for the wastewater treatment unit

In 2014, Acron, Dorogobuzh, Hongri Acron, NWPC and VPC spent RUB 78.1 mn to decrease their discharge of water pollutants.

Acron, Dorogobuzh and NWPC monitor surface and underground water. NWPC tightly controls the construction of water protection facilities for its processing plant. In the reporting year, full biological wastewater treatment units with a polishing unit with a capacity of 400 m3 per day were put in operation.

In 2014, no accidents associated with water pollutants discharge were recorded at Acron, Dorogobuzh or NWPC.

Acron reduced its total wastewater 9.2% year-on-year to 13.3 mn m3, and Dorogobuzh brought its wastewater discharge down 3.3% year-on-year to 4.8 mn m3.

Waste Management

In 2014, the Group’s Russian facilities continued to implement waste management measures.

Acron performed measures to comply with Russian sanitary and environmental protection regulations on operating a solid waste landfill and handling waste generated by its production facilities and wastewater treatment unit.

The main production and consumption waste management measures adopted at Dorogobuzh involved completing construction of a new disposal site for hazard class 2-5 industrial and consumption waste and building up the earth dam around the temporary calcium carbonate storage site.

In 2014, Acron generated a total of 50,000 tonnes of hazard class 1-5 waste, down 24% year-on-year. At Dorogobuzh waste generation was down 1.4% year-on-year.

NWPC and VPC monitored their compliance with waste generation and emissions standards and disposal limits. In 2015, NWPC plans to bring on line water treatment units for mine and pit water (tank with polishing basins) and aspirating systems for the processing plant and transloading terminal in Titan settlement.

In 2014, Acron Group invested RUB 31 mn in waste management efforts.

Negative environmental impact fees

In the reporting year, Acron, Dorogobuzh, NWPC and VPC paid a total of RUB 28.9 mn in negative environmental impact fees.

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