The Company’s core principles in this area are laid out in the “Policy of KuibyshevAzot PJSC in the Area of Quality, Environmental Protection, Health, and Industrial Safety”, as well as by the requirements of the relevant Russian and international standards. At KuibyshevAzot PJSC, an integrated management system was implemented and certified according to three standards: Quality Management System ISO 9001, Environmental Management System ISO 14001, and Occupational Health and Safety Auditing System OHSAS 18001. A planned audit review performed in 2016 confirmed that the company’s integrated management system complies with the given standards.
Environment protection activities
One of the core elements of KuibyshevAzot JSC’s development strategy is the protection of the environment, minimising the environmental impact of production and reducing resource consumption.
This objective is achieved by introducing low-waste, energy- and resource-saving technologies, improving equipment and upgrading existing production facilities. At all stages, from concept to implementation, each project at the Company is carried out with due consideration of its environmental impact. In its operations, KuibyshevAzot adheres to the principle of transparency and tries to disclose information about its impact upon the environment fully and accurately. In 2016, the Interfax-ERA agency rated KuibyshevAzot PJSC as the leader in terms of environmental transparency in the chemical industry.
In 2016 the construction of a sewage treatment plant for the production of urea was started, which will allow to increase production efficiency and decrease the amount of chemically contaminated effluents and consumption of river water. In order to reduce emissions into the atmosphere, a project on the installation of vapor condensation at the production of ammonium nitrate is under implementation. The construction of sewage treatment plants of industrial and storm sewage of the Northern Industrial Complex and the Central District of the city of Togliatti continues.
The Company continued to use industrial waste as secondary resources, which also has an environmental effect. In 2016, more than 36.7 thousand tons of products obtained from the production wastes were sold.
The Company's total environmental expenditures amounted to 106.5 million rubles.
We constantly monitor the compliance with environmental safety requirements and perform the production control. For the reporting year, the sanitary laboratory of PJSC KuibyshevAzot carried out about 26 thousand analyzes of the emissions composition, air quality and wastewater of various categories.
Particular attention is paid to the production standards and maintenance of industrial site in accordance with sanitary and hygienic requirements. The company has spent 4.4 million rubles for landscaping, planting of plant territory and cleaning of the sanitary zone.
Particular attention was paid to good production practices and ensuring the industrial site complies with sanitary requirements. Costs for site improvement, planting of greenery at the factory site, and cleaning of the sanitary zone amounted to 4.4 million rubles.
Thanks to a systematic approach to environmental protection, during the period from 2006 to 2016, with 50% growth in commercial output, the specific sewage generation per ton of commercial output decreased 23%, water consumption – 29%, and electrical energy and heat energy consumption – 17%.
In 2016, with a 7% increase in commercial output compared to 2015 and the commissioning of several new sites, atmospheric emissions decreased by 1%, and effluents – by 6%. Gross emissions amounted to 47% of the permitted level.
The enterprise sponsors the professional training of environmental engineers at the Institute of Chemistry and Environmental Engineering of Togliatti State University. The Company works towards forming a mind-set of nature conservation among the younger generation. The Company regularly supports competitions, conferences, exhibitions, and academic contests on environmental issues among the students of local schools, colleges, and universities. At the request of the Russian Green League organisation, KuibyshevAzot financed the construction of a bio-station in the Samarskaya Luka national park, sponsored an event organised by the Russian Academy of Science’s Volga River Basin Institute of Ecology dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Russian Botanical Society, and publication of the book “The History of the Development of Botanical Knowledge in the Samara Region”.
Since 2012, KuibyshevAzot has participated in programmes aimed at restoring the Togliatti forest, which had been destroyed by a fire. In 2016, the Company financed the planting of 10 ha of forest and is planning to tend the planting stock for the next 3 years. In total, 25 ha of forest are cared for by the Company, taking into account previously restored areas.
KuibyshevAzot is continuously involved in cleaning of the city and removing unauthorised dump sites. In 2016, the Company took under its patronage an area of 3 ha of the Volga coastal zone and removed 2,000 m3 of waste from this zone, and planned and implemented a planting programme. Company employees and their family members take part in all the environmental activities.