Dec 14, 2017

ALROSA Among Top 3 Russian Mining & Smelting Companies Commended for Environmental Responsibility

PJSC ALROSA has been ranked among the top three in the environmental responsibility rating of the Russian mining and smelting companies, as announced   by the UN Office in the Russian Federation on Monday, December 11.

“The environmental responsibility rating of mining and smelting companies has been jointly developed by the World Wildlife Fund, United Nations Development Programme, Global Environment Facility, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation,” ALROSA said announcing the commendation. “Each participating company was assessed by three directions: Environmental Management, Environmental Impact, and Disclosure/Transparency, which included over 30 different criteria. ALROSA was placed in the top of all three sections. The rating covered a total of 33 companies.”

In 2016, ALROSA spent RUB 5.5 billion for the environmental protection activities, while the total relevant expenditures for 2012-2016 exceeded RUB 27.5 billion, revealed  Polina Anisimova, ALROSA Deputy Chief Engineer for Ecology, Environmental Protection and Work with Indigenous Minorities.

 “Environmental protection is one of the major strategic policies of ALROSA,”  Anisimova said. “The Company has its own environmental department and carries out the industrial environmental monitoring on a regular basis. The environmental action plan covers all ecosystems, including water, ground, air, flora, and fauna. The Company is implementing various social and environmental projects.”

The Company has  implemented two major infrastructure projects in Yakutia as part of the Year of Ecology in Russia, under an agreement   with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation and Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources. 

One project involves the construction of a unit for  re-injection of water from the open pit and underground mines back to the Zapadny Fault. ALROSA elaborated saying: “Due to the network of wells and a drainage system, high-mineralised water from the Internatsionalny underground mine is drained to the Metegero-Ichersky aquifer system, thus protecting the topsoil and surface water resources.”

The other project  provides for the reconstruction of sewage treatment facilities with a capacity of 15 thousand cubic meters per day in Udachny town. “This project is of strategic importance for the fishery region where local rivers require special protection,” ALROSA explained.

“Moreover, in 2017, the Company has expanded the industrial environmental monitoring programme and has implemented a number of educational projects focused on raising the awareness of the people of various ages living in Yakutia,” added Anisimova. “ALROSA further pursues its efforts to reduce the consumption of water and energy, to reduce the CO2 emissions, and the results of those efforts will be summarised in spring 2018.”

The first environmental responsibility rating of the Russian mining and smelting companies was declared in March 2017. ALROSA also ranked among the top three companies at that time.