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Environment

Environmental stewardship has always been central to RUSAL’s growth and development. The majority of the company’s facilities are certified in accordance with the international environmental management standard ISO 14001. More than 90% of RUSAL’s aluminium is produced using environment-friendly hydropower, generated without any harmful emissions.

RUSAL’s innovative solutions are part of the company’s efforts to mitigate the impact on the environment. New cutting-edge technologies, developed by RUSAL’s Engineering and Technology Centre, demonstrate considerable reduction in the effect to environment. Furthermore, RUSAL became the first Russian company to join the UNDP programme, aimed at addressing the climate change risks.

RUSAL’s key environmental projects:

  • Upgrading facilities and furnishing them with new up-to-date equipment
  • Developing and deploying new eco-friendly technologies
  • Launching new environmentally friendly facilities
  • Arranging buffer zones
  • Scientific research
  • Educational programs

Key environmental projects

Air

RUSAL implements a range of programs to reduce hazardous emissions stemming from its aluminium smelters. Over the last several years the majority of RUSAL’s capacities have been switched from the Soederberg technology to the more environmentally friendly, prebaked and dry anode technologies. RUSAL’s refineries are equipped with gas scrubbers that capture hazardous substances. A key focus is placed on furnishing the smelters with automated alumina point feeders and increasing cells impenetrability.


RUSAL’s innovative solutions also contribute to the greater environmental safety of the company’s operations. In 2009, RUSAL’s Engineering and Technology Centre designed a new generation of Soederberg cells. The “Clean Soederberg” cells allow for a considerable cut in emissions through using colloidal anode paste instead of coal anodes. The new technology is already being deployed at RUSAL’s largest smelters.


RUSAL’s major innovation project is the development of a groundbreaking inert anode technology that will make the smelting process 100% eco-friendly. The only substance the new cells will release into the atmosphere will be pure oxygen. The new technology should be introduced as early as in 2015.

Climate

In 2007, RUSAL designed and adopted a strategy aimed at tackling the climate change risks and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Kyoto Protocol. The major goal, set in line with its strategy, is to cut the GHG emissions by 50% by 2015. In 2010 this goal was met by 86%. RUSAL’s two largest smelters – the Krasnoyarsk and the Bratsk facilities are currently carrying out programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Kyoto Protocol.
Land

To restore disturbed lands, RUSAL is building facilities to retain runoff water, taking the relevant steps to prevent water from reaching disturbed areas, by arranging buffer zones and reinvigorating damaged areas.
Water

As part of its efforts to ensure environmental sustainability, RUSAL is upgrading its facilities to boost the amount of recycled and reusable water. The steps taken to create onsite water recycling systems and increase production efficiency have already resulted in a considerable reduction of water consumption and waste. In 2010, the overall water consumption was cut by 36% and water waste by 48% compared to 2007.
Waste

RUSAL strives to recycle the major part of the waste generated by its facilities. The company’s Engineering and Technology Centre is developing a waste-free production technology for alumina refineries. This technology will recycle red mud, a waste product of the Bayer process, and create an additional source of profit for alumina facilities.
Biodiversity

Siberia, where RUSAL’s core production capacities are located, is home to a rich diversity of fauna and flora species, lots of which are endemic to this region. Together with Russia’s National Environmental Fund “Strana Zapovednaya” (the Reserved Land) RUSAL works on the preservation of Siberia’s nature.