Our environment protection activity is based on systematic monitoring of ecological data and oriented on minimization of negative impact on the environment. We pay particular attention to appraising and decreasing ecological risks. One important issue is forming an integrated system of environment protection management, which enables us to take into account all significant ecological aspects and administer them.
Significant funds are invested annually into projects implementing resource-saving and low-waste modern technologies, upgrading existing technological processes, and other measures aimed at alleviating negative impact on the environment. Integrated modernization projects are among the most efficient ways to do so, not only economically, but also ecologically.
For example, due to integrated reconstruction of the Izhstal plant’s electric steel-making shop, gross emission of pollutants went down by 60%. Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant brought down gross emission of pollutants by 30% over the past years due to upgrading its gas-purifying equipment.
In 2008, Mechel created Mechel-Materials, whose main task is to process steelmaking waste. Its work helps dramatically decrease the amount of slag accumulated at Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant as well as other Mechel facilities.
Revegetation and restoration of areas violated by industrial activity are held by all of the Group’s mining facilities. For instance, at Southern Kuzbass Coal Company’s facilities, over the past few years some 400,000 saplings were planted on 150 hectares of mined areas. In order to decrease the impact on bodies of water, mining enterprises repair and reconstruct water cleansing equipment. In order to decrease waste emissions into air, washing plants install modern dust and gas cleansing equipment.
Korshunov Mining Plant takes part in the program for restoring fish resources in the Ust-Ilyimsk and Bratsk reservoirs. Every year since 2007, hundreds of thousands of juvenile pelad and lake herring bred with the enterprise’s funding are released into Irkutsk Region’s waters.