Environmental programme 2020

In May 2014 NLMK Group announced the start of the third stage of its Environmental Programme scheduled to run until 2020 (Environmental Programme 2020).

Part of the Group’s development strategy and investment programme, Environmental Programme 2020 is aimed at minimizing environmental impact and achieving the industry’s best-in-class environmental performance.

Implementation of Environmental Programme 2020 will ensure:

1. Compliance with all environmental standards by all companies of NLMK Group; 

2. Reduction of specific emissions of NLMK Group’s Russian assets from 22.6 kg per tonne of steel to the level of the best available technologies in global steel industry;  

3. Reduction of specific emissions of NLMK Group’s Russian assets from 22.6 kg per tonne of steel to the level of the best available technologies in global steel industry;  

4.Increase of the waste recycling rate from 5% to 25%;  

5. Complete removal of previously accumulated waste dump sites (in particular, slag dump area at Novolipetsk that has been building up over the 80 years of its operation and sludge dump site at NSMMZ (Revda) existing for over 40 years).

Key projects of Environmental Programme 2020

NLMK Group’s total investment in environmental improvements and projects at its sites as part of Environmental Programme 2020 will exceed 10 billion rubles. The majority of the funds will be invested in the Lipetsk site.

AIR PROTECTION

2018 NLMK Ural (Revda)

  • Reconstruction of gas cleaning systems at EAF Shops No.1, 2 (1 stage).

WATER PROTECTION

2016 NLMK Ural (N. Sergi)

  • Storm water effluents treatment plants.
  • Construction and upgrade of water treatment plants.

WASTE MANAGEMENT

2024 NLMK Ural (Revda)

  • The elimination of the plant's sludge collector.

Second stage of the technical upgrade programme: impact

NLMK Group allocated more than 21 billion rubles to environmental projects during the second stage of the technical upgrade programme in 2007–2012, bringing total investment in upgrades and new construction up to 258 billion rubles. This includes 7.5 billion rubles invested in environment protection at NLMK Kaluga, a new generation mill opened in July 2013.

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investment in upgrades and new construction from 2007 to 2012

Over this period the Group’s Russian operations boosted steel production by 52% to reach 14.2 million tonnes, while air emissions were reduced by 40% (from 37.5 to 22.6 kg per tonne of steel) and discharges into water were reduced 54 times (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.