In May 2014 NLMK Group announced the start of the third stage of its Environmental Programme scheduled to run until 2020 (Environmental Programme 2020).
Part of the Group’s development strategy and investment programme, Environmental Programme 2020 is aimed at minimising environmental impact and achieving the industry’s best-in-class environmental performance.
NLMK Group’s total investment in environmental improvements and projects at its sites within Environmental Programme 2020 will exceed 10 billion rubles. The majority of the funds will be invested at the Lipetsk site.
2016. Lipetsk production site
2017. Lipetsk production site
2016. NLMK La Louvière
2016. NSMMZ (Nizhniye Sergi)
2024. NSMMZ (Revda)
NLMK Group allocated more than 21 billion rubles for environmental projects during the second stage of the technical upgrade programme in 2007–2012, bringing total investment in upgrades and new construction to 258 billion rubles. This includes 7.5 billion rubles invested in environmental technology for NLMK Kaluga, a new generation mill opened in July 2013.
RUR - investment in upgrades and new construction from 2007 to 2012
The Group’s Russian operations boosted steel production by 52% over the period to reach 14.2 million tonnes, while air emissions decreased by 40% (from 37.5 to 22.6 kg per tonne of steel) and discharges into the water were reduced to one fifty-fourth of earlier levels (from 1.08 to 0.02 kg per tonne). The Lipetsk site, which accounts for 80% of the Group’s output, achieved zero waste water in mid-2009.
The 5-year strategic cycle ended in 2017 and all environmental goals were successfully achieved. An all-time low level of specific air emissions rate of 20.5 kg per tonne of steel was reached. At the same time, the Company managed to preserve a high level of waste disposal 86,9% (excluding mining waste) and recycled water turnover - 97,1%.
RUR - investment in upgrades and new construction from 2007 to 2017
Investment in environmental projects and initiatives over the period of Strategy 2017 totalled approximately RUB 29 billion. NLMK Group spent over RUB 5.7 billion on environmental projects and initiatives in 2017. The majority of investments in 2017 went towards projects and initiatives to improve air quality. For instance, NLMK Lipetsk upgraded gas-cleaning systems at six sections at the refractory, sintering and blast furnace shops. NLMK Group's other facilities executed projects aimed at reclamation of former landfill sites, construction of sewage treatment plants and noise pollution reduction initiatives, among others.