An active approach towards environmental protection is a core element of the EVRAZ corporate strategy. We work diligently to develop sustainable business practices and to implement environmental principles into each stage of the value chain, and use all available tools to deliver our environmental strategy.
In 2017, the HSE Committee adopted the five-year environmental targets in three areas, which have major environmental impacts in mining and steel casting processes: water, waste, and GHG emissions.
|Projects aimed at enhancing environmental performance|
|Operational support to ensure compliance|
Environmental risk assessment
Air pollution and wastewater discharge control
Environmental equipment maintenance
Industrial environmental monitoring
Legal environmental compliance assurance
Environmental licences and permits support
Previously, EVRAZ set the target of reducing water consumption to 10% from the 2016 baseline – this goal was achieved ahead of schedule. In 2019, the Group revised the metric and set a new absolute target value for 2022: 207 million m3 of water consumed per year.
As at the end of 2019, EVRAZ had made substantial progress on the water consumption target, which was down 9.3% on the 2018 level. Overall 105.2% of non-mining waste was recycled, which was less than the 2018 rate (111.3%), due to a reduction in accumulated waste volumes. Through consistently implementing energy efficient measures, we lowered the greenhouse gas intensity per tonne of crude steel cast by 2.0%, thereby successfully achieving our long-term goal.
|Area||Five-year target (2018–2022)||2019 results|
|Fresh water consumption reduction||reach 207 million m3 of waterconsumption||205.32 million m3|
|Recycling of non-mining waste and by-products||95% per year||105.2% per year|
|Not exceeding the greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity ratio||maintain an intensity ratio of less than two tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) per tonne of crude steel cast||1.97 tCO2e per tonne of crude steel cast|
Developing large-scale environmental projects
We are constantly enhancing our practices and implement projects aimed at reducing impacts from our operations, in addition to upgrading our production sites. Environmental considerations are always taken into account during the entire lifecycle of an asset: design, construction, operation, and decommissioning. To improve environmental performance, the Group makes relevant investments, which amounted to US$28.8 million in 2019 (compared to US$29.8 million in 2018).
Major environmental projects requiring significant Capex are reviewed by the Investment Committee. Based on an established procedure, projects go through four stages:
- Initiation: preparing a project concept
- Options: examining different project implementation options vis-à-vis costs/expected effects
- Define: design and engineering activities
- Execute: implementation, after funding has been determined and approved
Project implementation is monitored regularly in order to assess a project’s current business metrics and to make adjustments where necessary. After the execution phase, a post-project review is conducted to evaluate overall project efficiency.
The Board of Directors reviews the approved list of projects and discusses environmental issues that are of strategic importance. HSE managers have been assigned an environmental performance indicator (absence of fines) in order to enhance their involvement. Project managers also have specific environmental performance indicators to attain, depending on the potential effects of a project.
In order to curtail adverse impacts from EVRAZ operations, we endeavour to implement best available technologies (BAT). The results of an external audit, held at EVRAZ NTMK in 2019, demonstrated that we are on the right track in this regard.
As part of ongoing efforts to raise awareness of environmental issues among EVRAZ personnel, we consider various training options, and make significant efforts to ensure continuous staff development. In 2019, EVRAZ held:
- The Annual environmental session for the sites’ Environmental team-leaders. The event was organised in close cooperation with the scientific and research institute “Atmosphera” in St Petersburg. Air emissions were the main topic of discussion
- Environmental training at the EVRAZ corporate learning centre for employees, on various environmental management issues
We pay attention to not only raising awareness of environmental issues among our employees, but also among our contractors. Prior to entering production sites, all contractors must pass induction trainings on HSE practices and procedures.