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Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 6

Clean water and sanitation

Target 6.1

By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all.

Impact of stakeholders Improved infrastructure, telecommunications, road network, power and water supplies, improved access to health and education.

Contribution

PhosAgro Group takes part in the Rehabilitation of the Volga River national project. The Volkhov Branch of Apatit has implemented a closed-loop wastewater treatment system at its facilities to prevent the discharge of effluents into the Volkhov River.

GRI INDEX
GRI 303-2
Management of water discharge-related impacts
GRI 303-4
Water discharge

Management approach

Our Company has built an environmental management system.

Company Commitment

In the nearest future, our Company will approve the Water Strategy 2020-2025 that has the following goals:

  • Improve water use efficiency and set reasonable goals for water intake, discharge and consumption, which will lead to reducing the cost of water and wastewater treatment, as well as have potentially positive impact on production costs;

  • Create a culture of responsible water consumption and careful treatment of water bodies as an integral part of the Company’s internal environment. Reduce the Company’s environmental footprint (volume of water intake, water consumption, wastewater discharge and discharge of pollutants with wastewater);

  • Improve the quality of reporting and transparency of the Company’s operations and create value in stakeholder engagement (consumers, investors, NGOs, etc.);

  • Comply with legal and other requirements, including voluntary commitments (UN SDGs (6, 9 and 12), ISO 14001).

Strategic goals

Reduce specific volume of waste water disposal by 20% (4.4 m3/t) compared to 2018 levels.

Target 6.3

By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally.

Impact of stakeholders By investing in construction of new treatment plants and the use of advanced technologies in wastewater treatment, i.e., the process of treatment in several stages using mechanical and biological treatment, which is important in the chemical industry, the Company takes the pressure off of the water body and creates infrastructure that meets environmental requirements and sanitary standards.

Contribution

To deliver on our targets, we implement a variety of programmers approved by the Board of Directors" Sustainable Development Committee in November 2019, including:

  • the Optimization of Water Use by Apatit in Cherepovets During Production Upgrade in 2020–2025 — a targeted programmer with RUB 176 m in funding for phase 1 only;

  • the Discharge Reduction and Effluent Quality Improvement at the Kirovsk Branch of Apatit in 2019–2020 — a targeted programmer which includes construction of a chemicals dosing facility to treat effluents from the ANBP-2 tailings.

GRI INDEX
GRI 303-1
Interactions with water as a shared resource
GRI 303-2
Management of water discharge-related impacts
GRI 303-4
Water discharge
GRI 306-1
Waste generation and significant waste-related impacts
GRI 306-2
Management of significant waste-related impacts
GRI 306-3
Waste generated

Management approach

Our waste water management approach is focused on maximum reuse of water through closed-loop water recycling system and proper treatment of effluents discharged into water bodies in addition to continuous monitoring of water bodies in the regions of operation and aquatic life recovery.

Company Commitment

  • Minimise environmental risks at all stages of investment projects and along the production chain;

  • Use the best available techniques and environmental monitoring solutions in the regions of operation;

  • Take steps to prevent climate change and save resources;

  • Comply with environmental laws;

  • Hold all partners in the supply chain responsible for their environmental impact.

Strategic goals

  • To reduce waste water discharge per tonne of output by 20 compared to 2018. (By 2025, the indicator will come to 4.4 m3/tonne of product);

  • Energy efficiency. For more detailed information in the Energy efficiency Program 2020–2023 on the Company’s official website.

Other goals