Protecting biodiversity

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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.

Case study Campaign to enhance local environments Life on land

EVRAZ actively supports various initiatives aimed at both increasing environmental awareness and enhancing local ecosystems. In 2020 our employees carried out a number of tree and sh rub planting activities in Mezhdurechensk and Novokuznetsk, including at kindergartens, schools, hospitals, and city squares. EVRAZ’s coal miners and ecologists in total planted over 700 trees and bushes.

Our employees actively participate in urban environmental events and have received awards in various nominations. In particular, Raspadskaya employees received a diploma from the administration of Mezhdurechensk for taking part in the event “ Days of Protection from Environmental Hazards” and won in the nomination “Most Active Enterprise”.

Tree planting

Our employees actively participate in urban environmental events and have received awards in various nominations. In particular, Raspadskaya employees received a diploma from the administration of Mezhdurechensk for taking part in the event “ Days of Protection from Environmental Hazards” and won in the nomination “Most Active Enterprise”.

Tree planting

Case study Reclamation project for tailings storage facility № 2 at Evrazruda

The project was implemented in several stages. In 2014 the tailing dump was mothballed: the destroyed part of the enclosing dam was restored, a drainage collector, a pumping station and a pipeline for discharging filtration water were built. In the period from 2014 to 2018, the technical stage of reclamation was completed: the pond was drained, the territory of the tailing dump was cleared, the zoning of reclamation surface was carried out, a screen of loam and fertile layer was laid. The last biological stage of reclamation was completed in 2019–2020, during which 21,300 pine seedlings and 43,530 sea buckthorn seedlings were planted.

The reclamation project eliminated dust emissions into the atmosphere, improved the quality of soil on the site. Planted trees and vegetation will transform the disturbed terrain. The total area of ​​reclamation was 30.58 hectares. The total cost of the reclamation project stood around US$12 million.

Restoring aquatic biodiversity

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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.

Case study Restoring aquatic biodiversity in the Tom river

Raspadskaya Coal Company actively participates in measures to restore aquatic biodiversity in local water bodies. In particular, a large-scale campaign was held in 2020 as part of the event “Days of Protection from Environmental Hazards”, during which over 15,000 grayling fingerlings were released into the River Tom. Related expenses totalled US$3.5 thousand.

Other fingerling releases carried out in 2020 included:

  • 19,645 muksun fingerlings into the Ob River (expenses totalled US$4.1 thousand)
  • 55,294 peled fingerlings into the Novosibirsk reservoir in the Altai Territory (US$12.3 thousand)