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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 Our Company has a direct impact on the volume of water consumption. We have a responsible approach to water resources consumption and systematically reduce the impact on natural ecosystems.

Management approach

Our Company has built an environmental management system. The environmental management system covers all the principal management levels, production stages, from development to output of products, and establishes uniform requirements for the operations management of the Company’s enterprises. In 2020, the Company developed a  Water Strategy, under which a programme for reducing water intake and wastewater discharge was adopted.

Contribution

To resolve this task, our Company:

  • through investments in the construction of new water treatment facilities and the use of advanced technologies in the field of wastewater treatment, in particular, a multi-stage wastewater treatment process that includes mechanical and biological wastewater treatment stages, which is important for chemical industries, relieves the load on the water body and creates an infrastructure that meets environmental requirements and sanitary standards;

  • continuously supports projects aimed at reproducing aquatic biological resources, volunteer activities, for example, cleaning the shores of water reservoirs.

GRI 303
Water and Effluents

Commitments and Targets

To improve the efficiency in water use management, the Water Strategy of PJSC PhosAgro 2020–2025, was developed in 2020, with the following main goals:

  • increasing water use efficiency;

  • ensuring high-quality reporting and a reliable basis for determining water intake and consumption, wastewater discharge targets;

  • at the Company level, developing a culture of responsible use of water resources and prudent treatment of water bodies as an integral part of habitats and engaging all the company’s personnel in achieving these goals.

In implementing the scheduled measures by the year 2025, it is possible to reduce water intake to 5.16 m3/t from 7.29 m3/t (in 2018).

Our Results

In 2020, the specific volume of water intake was 6.70 m3/t, which is lower than in the base year 2018.

In the period from 2013 through 2020, there was a five-fold decrease in gross values and a nine-fold decrease in specific values with regard to the content of pollutants in the water discharged after treatment.

In 2020, the production sites in Volkhov and Balakovo operated with almost zero wastewater discharges due to the return of treated wastewater back into production cycles. In 2021, the implementation of a large-scale project continues at the Cherepovets site with the aim of introducing a water cycle and returning wastewater after treatment back into production processes, which reduces wastewater discharges at the Cherepovets site.

In March 2021, PhosAgro joined two UN GA action platforms — Climate Ambition and Water Resilience Coalition. Within the water coalition, we signed the CEO Water Mandate Charter and became one of 150 countries that declares their prudent use of water resources.

More detailed information on water resources is presented in the data book and Integrated reports.

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 Our Company has both direct and indirect impact on discharges that can lead to contamination of surface and ground waters, soil, as well as affect the functioning of the ecosystem.

Management approach

Our Company has built an  environmental management system. The environmental management system covers all the principal management levels, production stages, from development to output of products, and establishes uniform requirements for the operations management of the Company’s enterprises. In 2020, the Company developed a Water Strategy, in which a programme for reducing water intake and wastewater discharge was adopted.

Contribution

To resolve this task, our Company:

  • continuously monitors the level of environmental impacts and improves its operations in order to reduce these impacts and save resources;

  • strives to achieve the highest possible level of production culture through the introduction of the state-of-the-art products of the best available technologies (BAT) and technical solutions;

  • compiles a list of wastewater discharge reduction projects for implementation within the Water Strategy and assessment of specific indicators of wastewater discharge, taking into account the Strategy measures.

GRI 303
Water and Effluents
GRI 306
Effluents and Waste

Commitments and Targets

By the year 2025:

  • reduce the specific volumes of wastewater discharge to 4.16 m3/t;

  • Reduce the specific rate of water intake to 5.16 m3/t;

  • implement the Action Plan within the Water Strategy.

Our Results

All steps are taken according to the plan. The Company’s two sites operate fully in a closed-loop model: Balakovo and Volkhov branches, these production complexes do not discharge into surface water bodies, and the water taken from the environment is repeatedly reused in production processes.

In 2020, the total volume of reused water was 240.4 million m3, and 88 % of the water use cycle was closed-loop. Specific wastewater discharges from 2013 through 2020 decreased by a third or by 2.69 m3/t. All the company’s effluents undergo treatment. No wastewater is discharged without treatment.

More detailed information on water intake and wastewater discharge is presented in the data book and Integrated reports.

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