EVRAZ is committed to enhancing occupational and industrial safety, and care for the environment across its operations. It is dedicated to continuously improving HSE management across the Group, which enables the establishment of technologically improved production processes, with a clear system and hierarchy of management and control.
At EVRAZ, health, safety and environment (HSE) are managed at all levels, from the adoption of strategy to issues of operational management. In 2010, the management formed a HSE Committee, which reports to the Board of Directors, to oversee strategy, policy, initiatives and activities in the area. In March 2011, EVRAZ established a new Health, Safety and Environment Policy.
At the executive level, HSE issues are handled by the Management Committee, and a vicepresident of HSE has been appointed to coordinate all activities in the area. At individual enterprises, such issues are considered by the sites’ HSE services, which report to the sites’ management and the vice-president of HSE. Every plant manager is responsible for HSE compliance.
EVRAZ actively participates in the work of the Environmental Policy (EPCO); Technology Policy (TPCO) and Safety and Health (SHCO) Committees of the World Steel Association, as well as the HSE Committees of Russian Steel, a Russia-based non-commercial partnership, and the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.
EVRAZ steel mills and mining operations use substantial amounts of energy and water and involve environmental consequences, such as waste generation, wastewater discharge, air emissions and land contamination.
EVRAZ is committed to further strengthening its environmental management systems, particularly by continuing its ISO 14001 audit programme. Although the Group has no legal obligation to obtain international certification, it currently has nine ISO 14001-certified sites, including its largest facilities, such as EVRAZ NTMK, EVRAZ ZSMK and EVRAZ DMZ.
EVRAZ supports the health and environmental goals of Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council, a European Union regulation concerning the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals (“REACH”). The Group’s goal is to ensure continued compliance with REACH requirements.
EVRAZ is undertaking the environmental reviews of its new business activities (projects) on the basis of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA). This process involves consultations with local and regional authorities, local businesses and community members. The study provides an evaluation of both the direct and indirect impacts of the new operation on the local community and on the wider environment. The key tasks are to develop mitigation plans to minimise and manage the possible impacts. It also provides a process to ensure that local communities are consulted in decisions we make throughout the life of the project.
EVRAZ is focused on potential environmental and social risks while implementing its investment projects. All the projects are subject to ESIA, including public debates, even where it is not a legal requirement.
The following major projects were sobject to public debates in the past five years (2012-2016):
• JSC EVRAZ KGOK Kachkanar Deposit of titanium magnetite ores
• Construction of coal mining facility of Mezhegeyugol Coal Company Stage I.
• Construction of a new tailings section of JSC EVRAZ KGOK Stage I.
• Construction of an open pit with a capacity of 3,000 thousand tonnes of crude ore annually in Tayozhnoye deposit in Neryungri district of Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Stage I of deposit development;
• Dry Magnetic separation crushing and preparation plant on the basis of iron ore deposit Tayozhnoye in Neryungri district of Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).
• Modification of the general and detailed design code 1483 "Slurry pit. Dam".
All ESIA materials are published on the website of the operated enterprise and displayed in the local government officies or libraries. A hotline number or e-mail contact for additional information is always provided with the announcements of public debates. A journal to collect inquiries, comments and suggestions is placed in the locations where the ESIA materials are displayed. All comments and sugestions are only accepte in writing for the purposes of due recording.
Material social aspects include minimization of adverse effects on the health of local community and the territory of traditional use of natural resources by the indigenious minorities of the North, Siberia and Far East. For instance, it was discovered in the preparation to two projects relating the Tayozhnoye deposit that the grounds of Evenki tribal community Bugat were just 4 kilometers away from the designed production facilities.
In order to prevent any conflict EVRAZ volunteered to estimate the effects of its mining and processing operations on the ethnological environment around Tayozhnoye deposit in Neryungri district of Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).
The report of Estimation of effect on ethnological environment was included into the pre-materials to EIA submitted for public debate, including the public hearing (held in two municipal units of Neryungri and Aldan) attended by the representatives of indigenious minorities of Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Several meetings with representatives of tribal community Bugat to discuss possible mutually beneficial cooperation and friendly co-existing resulted in execution on the 15 May 2015 of a Cooperation agreement.
Another important aspect of EVRAZ's project and investment activities is to maintain biological diversity in the territories affected by its operations. At the earliest stages of the Project the project team strives to detect all possible environemtnal risks and consider the same at the design stage for the layout of the facility. For instance, during the prep stage of Tayozhnoye iron ore deposit project some rare plants were found in the area - the Siberian rose (Rhododendron aureum Georgi) and roseroot (Rhodiola rosea L.). The layout of the production site was designed in a way to prevent influence on the rare species.
The Environmental process control program monitors the changes in all the components of the ecosystem, including the monitoring of vegitative cover, routes of terrestrial vertebrate species and condition of aquatic organisms in the Tayozhny spring.
EVRAZ environmental strategy is to seek to minimise the negative impact of its operations and to use natural resources efficiently, while seeking optimal solutions for industrial waste management. Compliance with environmental standards is a major long-term target.In 2012, after determining the key challenges and focus areas, EVRAZ voluntarily adopted five-year environmental targets aimed at:
reducing air emissions by 5%;
decreasing fresh water consumption by 15%;
recycling 100% of non-mining waste
No significant environmental permits or licences were missing or revoked in 2015, and there were no significant environmental incidents at EVRAZ assets.