Metalloinvest’s environmental management system is based on the applicable Russian and international standards. In 2015, the Company successfully passed compliance audits launched across its operations to assess the efficiency of the existing environmental management system and confirm adherence to ISO 14001.
The Company complies with the applicable environmental laws and is guided by the principles on sustainable and efficient use of natural resources, and mitigation of the environmental impact.
In 2015, the Company invested around RUB 2.3 billion in environmental protection schemes and sustainable and efficient use of natural resources, while its ongoing environmental expenses exceeded RUB 6 billion.
The Company strives to reduce its negative impact through numerous environmental programmes. For example, over the past few years, Metalloinvest has consistently reduced its air pollutant emissions and wastewater/contaminant discharge into surface water bodies. In 2015, material environmental impact mitigation projects included the upgrade of gas purification systems at electric arc furnaces #1–4 (unit 2) and the construction of a new industrial waste storage site at Ural Steel.