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The PhosAgro Group’s key priorities are to protect the environment and reduce the environmental impact of its operations. We strive to create our fertilizers in a safe and environmentally friendly way, ensuring sustainable growth in agricultural production worldwide.

The main areas of PhosAgro’s Environmental Policy:

  • Reduction of negative impact on the environment;
  • Conservation of natural ecosystems;
  • Constant improvement of the environmental resource management system.

PhosAgro's Environmental Policy

2025 Goals:

  • by 5%

    Reduction of specific pollutant emissions by 5%
  • by 20%

    Reduction of specific volumes of wastewater discharge by 20%
  • by 10%

    Reduction of specific greenhouse gas emissions by 10%
  • to 40%

    Hazard classes I–IV wastes utilised and neutralised

Environmental management system

The Company’s Board of Directors determines the Company’s environmental policy and sets strategic goals for environmental safety and environmental impact reduction. Overall management, organisation and coordination of the continuous improvement of the environmental management system is carried out by Apatit’s Department of Ecology and Environmental Management. In order for the Company to fulfil its obligation to continuously improve and reduce its negative environmental impact, it established environmental monitoring and environmental management services at its enterprises and branches. Officials responsible for environmental protection have been appointed to enterprise production units. The production units, which have the greatest environmental impact, have a procedure in place for identifying and assessing risks and opportunities. Based on the results of a risk assessment, we identify the activities that are necessary to bring risks to an acceptable level with respect to significant environmental aspects.

IFA SHE Excellence Gold Medal

On 19 November 2018, PhosAgro was awarded the International Fertilizer Association’s (IFA) Gold Medal for Industrial, Occupational and Environmental Safety (IFA SHE Excellence Gold Medal), which confirms the full compliance of PhosAgro’s largest processing facility, the Cherepovets production plant, with IFA standards for the rational use of natural resources, environmental friendliness and occupational safety


Waste management

The waste management system is a part of PhosAgro Group’s comprehensive environmental management system. As part of our strategy in this area, we aim to increase the share of disposed and neutralised waste in hazard classes I–IV by 13% by 2025.

Share of waste (classes I–IV) utilised and neutralised, %


Management of atmospheric emissions

The main principles of the Company’s emissions management system are compliance with the requirements of national legislation in the areas of air quality management, ensuring the quality of air at the boundaries of buffer zones near production facilities, and the upgrading of facilities using the best available technologies. PhosAgro Group’s strategic goal is to reduce specific pollutant emissions by 5% by 2025.

PhosAgro is a partner in the Clean Air federal project.

Specific pollutant emissions, kg/tonne:


Management of discharges into bodies of water

Water discharge management is focused mainly on the maximum reuse of water resources and the return of effluents into enterprises’ water circulation cycles, the effective treatment of wastewater discharged into waterbodies, and continuous monitoring of the condition of waterbodies in the regions where aquatic biological resources are present and reproduce.

The Company’s strategic goal in terms of the protection of waterbodies is to reduce the specific volume of wastewater discharge by 20% by 2025.

Specific wastewater discharges, m³/tonne3:

Specific pollutant discharges, kg/tonne:


Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

PhosAgro’s Board of Directors and its Environmental, Health and Safety Committee, as well as its Sustainable Development Committee established in May 2019, pay special attention to issues related to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

PhosAgro has been a member of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP, Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programme) since 2019

We have prepared and posted a report on PhosAgro’s activities in the area of climate change in 2019 in the CDP’s online response system.

Work has been carried out on the formulation of:

— a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and then by 2030;

— egulations on monitoring greenhouse gas emissions;

— an action plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Specific greenhouse gas emissions, kg/tonne:

Policy on environmentally responsible procurement

In line with principles of corporate sustainability, PhosAgro Group reviews potential suppliers for compliance with environmental and social responsibility.


Products and services that meet the requirements for sustainable development

In order to promote its products in the marketplace, the Company uses the slogan “Clean minerals for healthy lives” (highlighting the unique purity of its fertilizers) and cooperates closely with agricultural producers.

PhosAgro’s vertically integrated business model is an inherent advantage. In terms of the extraction and processing of raw materials, we have our own extensive and high-quality resource base with a minimum of contaminants. When it comes to manufacturing our final product, the Group’s entities are located close to the main raw materials required for fertilizer production, such as natural gas and sulphur.

PhosAgro’s largest company, Apatit, has a dynamically developing business process model, and it applies the best international practices covered by ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and GMP+ standards.

Targets have been set for all production processes evaluation criteria and oversight methodologies have been specified.

PhosAgro produces unique products:
some of the safest phosphate-based fertilizers in the world, with cadmium content of 0.2% mg/kg of P2О25

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    We are building an effective and transparent governance structure based on equality of shareholders, responsibility and accountability of each governance body, leadership and independence of the Board of Directors, and a corporate culture that does not tolerate any form of corruption or discrimination