Norilsk Nickel’s goal is to achieve the industry-leading emissions performance
Improving air quality in order to protect the environment and public health from air pollutants while complying with statutory standards for permissible emissions.
Norilsk Nickel is committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals 3 “Good Health and Well-Being” and 11 “Ensuring openness, security, resilience and environmental sustainability of cities and towns”. The Company considers it crucial to reduce negative environmental impact of cities, including by focusing efforts on air quality improvement.
Our commitmentsTake measures to reduce the negative impact of our operations on air and improve air quality in the regions of presence;Monitor pollutant emissions;Ensure transparent outcomes and efficiency of emissions management across Nornickel Group companies;Engage with stakeholders, including local communities, government bodies, and partners, to manage air pollution;Embrace best practices and meet requirements of international standards for managing air pollution.Our targets
Reduction of SO2 emissions at the Kola Division by 2021 (vs. 2015)
Reduction of SO2 emissions at the Polar Division by 2025 (vs. 2015)
Keep other air emissions (NOx, solids, etc.) at one of the lowest levels in industry
Introduce air quality monitoring system to assess air
Compliance with best global practices and standards in air pollution related disclosure
To achieve our quantitative targets at Polar and Kola divisions, we are running the Sulphur Programme, an environmental initiative unique in its scale and financing, which is intended to make a significant contribution to improving air quality in our regions of presence.
Norilsk division: SO2 emissions forecast, %
Kola division: SO2 emissions forecast, %
Kola Division2020 — Optimisation of smelting operations in Nickel town to cut SO2 emissions in the Russian-Norway border zone;2021 — Complete shutdown of smelting operations in Nickel town and the copper line in Kola MMC refining shop;Polar Division2023 — Launch of the anchor sulphur project at Nadezhda Metallurgical Plant to capture furnace gases;2025 — Launch of sulphur projects at Copper Plant to capture furnace and converter gases;2030+ — Capturing of SO2 low-grade gases (including converter gases) at Nadezhda Metallurgical Plant.
Please read more on the Sulphur Programme
Our next steps to achieve our targetsImplement the Sulphur Programme to achieve SO2 emission cuts;Install sensors to monitor air quality within the boundaries of residential settlements;Initiate and foster partnerships on scientific research and implementation of new technology solutions.Our current results
Most of the Company’s emissions come from sulphur dioxide produced during the smelting of sulphide concentrates with high sulphur content. In line with its strategy, Nornickel has been implementing Sulphur Project 2.0 at Polar Division and Kola MMC to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions and become the greenest company in the industry.
In 2016, MMC Norilsk Nickel completed the first milestone of its large-scale environmental programme to reconfigure smelting capacities as the obsolete Nickel Plant was fully shut down. This allowed reduction of SO2 emissions within the city of Norilsk by 30-35% compared to 2015.
The shut down the smelting shop in Niсkel town and metallurgical shop in Monchegorsk reduced the sulphur dioxide emissions at Kola MMC by 90% compared to 2015. This also contributed to a significant reduction in SO2 emissions in both Nickel and Zapolyarny. With the smelting shop closed, harmful emissions in the Russia-Norway border zone were completely eliminated.
In 2021, Norilsk Nickel reduced sulfur dioxide emissions by more than 300kt as compared to 2020. The company is also making efforts to reduce emissions of other substances into the atmosphere.
At the same time, Nornickel makes sure to stay within the permissible levels for other pollutants, such as nitrogen oxide and solids: