As a large company, we consider ourselves responsible towards protecting biodiversity and local species and their habitats. EVRAZ assesses biodiversity related impacts during all stages of implementing mining and steel-making projects. EVRAZ assets are not located in protected natural areas or territories with a high biodiversity value. Also, our activities do not directly impact biodiversity.
Our activities are geared towards promoting a rational and prudent attitude towards biodiversity and enhancing the living environments of our employees. We also actively engage with local communities on biodiversity related issues.
In 2020 EVRAZ performed the following activities related to biodiversity preservation:
rehabilitating disturbed land and landscaping.
restoring aquatic biodiversity.
Rehabilitating disturbed land and landscaping
In order to restore land disturbed by mining and steel-making operations, the Group implements environmental projects to rehabilitate affected areas. In 2020 we completed a reclamation project for tailings storage facility №2 at Evrazruda (EVRAZ ZSMK). Overall provision of EVRAZ for site closure and rehabilitation totalled US$296 million as of 31 December 2020.
Restoring aquatic biodiversity
Our approach to biodiversity includes seeking to preserve the quality of water ecosystems and supporting existing biodiversity. On a regular basis EVRAZ releases various species of fish into affected water bodies, in order to offset any potential impacts on bioresources. In 2020 EVRAZ assets released over 204 thousand fingerlings in Kemerovo region, with Raspadskaya Coal Company making a substantial contribution.