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Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 12

Responsible Consumption and Production

Target 12.4

By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimise their adverse impacts on human health and the environment.

Impact of stakeholders We contribute, both directly and indirectly, to broader use of fertilizers which, due to their natural composition (zero/minimum concentration of radionuclides and heavy metals), minimise potential adverse impact on human health.

Management approach

The main principles of the Company’s waste management system are compliance with the requirements of national legislation in the area of atmospheric air protection, ensuring the quality of atmospheric air at the borders of sanitary protection areas of facilities and upgrading the facilities using the best available technologies.

The waste management system is an integral part of the Group’s integrated environmental management system.

Contribution

To resolve this task, our Company:

  • as a producer of environmentally friendly fertilizers that essentially do not contain toxic substances, makes an important contribution to ensuring safety of food products for the consumers’ health and, therefore, to ensuring a healthy lifestyle and well-being of people;

  • possesses environmental management practices that ensure compliance with applicable regulations and help reduce the impact of its activities on the environment;

  • ensures efficient handling of chemical substances and waste throughout the entire life cycle, including transportation;

  • actively participates in the independent association Green Club established in 2019 — a union of manufacturers and suppliers of products with improved environmental characteristics;

  • is a member of the international alliance Safer Phosphates, which also includes producers of environmentally friendly mineral fertilizers from South Africa, Canada and Egypt;

  • introduces technologies for the use of waste from production of phosphoric acid, phosphogypsum, in road construction and the principles of sustainable development throughout the entire supply chain;

  • implements initiatives aimed at significantly improving the efficiency of water use, reducing water consumption and reducing wastewater discharge;

  • implements energy efficiency program measures that allow reducing electricity consumption, increasing the level of electric power independence and developing the RES direction.

GRI 303
Water and Effluents
GRI 305
Emissions
GRI 306
Effluents and Waste

Commitments and Targets

By the year 2025:

  • reduce specific emissions of pollutants by 23.7 % vs the 2018 level;

  • reduce the specific volumes of wastewater discharge by 31 % or up to 4.16 m3/t vs the 2018 level;

  • reduce the specific rate of water intake by 29 % to 5.16 m3/t vs the 2018 level;

  • increase the share of hazard class I–IV wastes that are sent for disposal and decontamination to 40 %;

  • implement the logistics strategy to reduce transport costs and the negative impact of transportation on the environment, increase the share of sales of premium fertilizer grades, containing more than 2 useful elements or trace elements, to 43 % (5 million tonnes) in the total volume of products.

Our Results

In 2021:

  • the specific emissions of pollutants amounted to 0.801 kg/t, which is 24% less than in the base year 2018;

  • Emissions of pollutants reduced by 11% against the level of the year 2017 owing to implementation of the events of the Clean Air project at the Cherepovets production facility of Apatit JSC;

  • The specific discharges of wastewater decreased by 0.52 m3/t against the level of the year 2018 and amounted to 5.42 m3/t;

  • The specific volume of water intake was 6.48 m3/t, which is 0.81 m3/t lower than in the base year 2018;

  • The share of hazard class I–IV wastes disposed of or decontaminated was 39.1%, which is more than 10.5% greater than in 2018;

  • 3-fold growth in the output of innovative mineral fertilizers with microelements—up to 1.7 million tons (against 621 thousand tons in 2020).

More detailed information about the implementation of the relevant strategic goals of the Company is presented in the Integrated Reports.

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