Severstal, the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Rosprirodnadzor and the Vologda region sign cooperation agreement for ecological development

The agreement between Severstal, The Ministry of Natural Resources, Rosprirodnadzor and the regional authorities will raise the profile of  initiatives aimed at resolving issues around environmental development in  Russia.

Oleg Kuvshinnikov, Governor of the Vologda region, said: “2017 is the Year of Ecology in Russia. This is very important for the Vologda region where we  are aiming to reduce the environmental impact of large industrial businesses. Severstal has adopted an effective environmental policy. In 2011 an agreement was signed to introduce environmental initiatives aimed at reducing emissions at Cherepovets. The agreement signed today will further develop Severstal’s programs and protect the ecology of the Vologda region”.

As part of the agreement, Severstal will be investing in a new gas filtering system at the Cherepovets Steel Mill.

Vadim Larin, CEO of Severstal, said: “It is very important that we work constantly to improve the environment in the cities where we operate, such as Cherepovets. We already have a dedicated program in place and today's event marks the next stage in its implementation. Today we have committed to  introducing scrubbing into the steel production process at the metal finishing unit and to installing a new ladle furnace, and these improvements will be carried out in 2017 with investment of more than half a billion rubles. We  welcome public interest in our environmental initiatives and we are pleased to  cooperate fully with all parties in working to support the ongoing environmental development of Russia.”

The new gas filtering system at Cherepovets will reduce the dust content of  the exhaust air to a concentration of less than 10 mg / m3. Completion of the project to construct ladle furnace №2, with a design capacity of 4.8 mln. tonnes per year, and the new gas filtering system is scheduled for 2017.

In 2015, Severstal spent more than 3.4 bln rubles on environmental initiatives.