The Company operates in accordance with the requirements of the environmental legislation of the Russian Federation and universally accepted international principles and agreements. In addition, production processes are directly related to the Company's strategy in the field of technical development and social responsibility.
The main goal of the company's environmental policy is to create conditions for safe production based on economic, social, and environmental standards, accounting for the views of all concerned parties. Our company is fully aware of its responsibility to shareholders, employees and their families, consumers of products and services, business partners and residents of the region. We consider it extremely important to maintain an open, constructive dialogue with all parties concerned with our operation.
All projects undergo expert and public discussion before we put forward a plan to implement them at the company's facilities. The opinion of environmental scientists we maintain rapport with and the support of the population are crucial to us.
Between 2014 and 2019, the expenses on environmental protection measures, including the construction of new treatment facilities, amounted to over a billion roubles.
Over the past five years, the specific indicator for pollutant discharge into water bodies per ton of output has fallen by 15 per cent.
ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001:2004, and OHSAS 18001:2007 standards have allowed for the creation of the company's Quality Management System, Environmental Management System, as well as Occupational Safety and Health Management System.
Over the past 15 years, we have implemented 16 investment projects at our industrial site as part of our Development Strategy.
All of our new production facilities are high-tech.
The increase in production capacity and the overarching idea of global well-being have suggested us to invest more and more every year in environmental programmes, as well as projects to save nature, ensure production safety and mitigate climate risks. All our projects are evaluated for environmental footprint.
In this regard, we have also set clear, comprehensive short- and medium-term environmental, social and governance goals, including the participation in a green energy programme that involves a fundamental rethinking of energy options and getting rid of our carbon footprint.
We all need answers to pressing issues such as climate change and resource scarcity. As an innovative company, we take on a special responsibility, seeing as it is innovations in chemistry that will likely be the key to the right solutions in environmental science and industry.
In addition to concrete practical steps in this direction, we are striving to change the mindset of our staff, and the environment-friendly approach to all areas of life is being introduced. The ability to think environmentally and build biomimicry-based processes is becoming a sought-after skill for engineers and managers in all economy sectors.
At Shchekinoazot, environmental thinking is one of the main requirements for the personnel's skillset.
The company considers its further objectives in the field of environmental protection to be as follows:
- rational use of natural resources;
- ensuring economic growth and the stable technical development of enterprises without damaging the environment;
- promoting energy and resource-saving technologies and investment programmes;
- in-house development of green energy;
- achieving a cutting-edge level of environmental production safety, including through timely training of personnel;
- step-by-step reduction of air pollutants;
- step-by-step reduction of water pollutants;
- continuous improvement of production waste disposal sites to reduce the waste volume and ensure its maximum reuse in accordance with environmental feasibility in order to reduce human impacts on the environment;
- constant environmental monitoring.