The agreement signed on 29 March during the Economic Forum in Krasnoyarsk provides for Nornickel’s cooperation with federal and regional authorities in a consistent effort to minimise air pollutant emissions in Norilsk.
To that end, an action plan was approved as a part of the Fresh Air nationwide initiative of the Environment national project in accordance with the Russian President’s Order On National Goals and Strategic Objectives of the Russian Federation through to 2024.
The agreement was signed by Denis Khramov, First Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Russia, Svetlana Radionova, Head of Rosprirodnadzor, Yuri Lapshin, First Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Krasnoyarsk Territory Government, and Dmitry Pristanskov, State Secretary and Vice President of Government Relations, on behalf of Nornickel.
“This agreement manifests our consistent efforts, transparency and willingness to engage in an open dialogue with the government. It reaffirms our commitment to significantly change the environmental conditions in Norilsk. Our initiatives at Polar Division seek to improve the quality of life for local residents, our key priority. Nornickel is sure to deliver on all of its commitments,” said Dmitry Pristanskov.
The Company is taking steps to cut sulphur dioxide emissions by more than 75% starting 2023 across its smelting facilities at Polar Division. It is planning to invest a total of USD
Yuri Lapshin commented that before signing the agreement the parties worked hard to develop and refine the action plan. “One peculiar thing about today’s agreement is that the project is financed by Nornickel alone,” he said.
As to the role of federal and local authorities in the initiative, he commented: “We are currently working on potential tax benefits for the Company in order to facilitate quick and effective implementation of the project.”
Denis Khramov, First Deputy Minister of Natural Resources, noted: “This agreement will become the forum’s highlight. The President of Russia set out the goal of reducing emissions by 20% in 12 Russia’s cities, which is actually achieved with Nornickel’s programme and the Sulphur Project agreement. We are also planning to develop cooperation with other companies. However, Norkickel runs the most important and effective programme so far,” he said.