Water

NornickelPublic Joint Stock Company "Mining and Metallurgical Company "Norilsk Nickel” and its subsidiariesGo to the glossary focuses on sustainable use of water resources and pollution reduction while continuing to provide clean drinking water to local communities.

Our priorities

Nornickel’s main priority is to reduce and, where possible, prevent negative impact on water resources caused by production and delivery operations.

Our principles

Our vision is to be a responsible consumer of water resources that recognises their importance and endeavours to minimise negative environmental impact across its footprint.

Our role and responsibilities regarding water use are reflected in informed corporate decision-making drawing on sustainable development principles and our commitment to maintain the CompanyPublic Joint Stock Company "Mining and Metallurgical Company "Norilsk Nickel"Go to the glossary’s market value without harming the environment.

As a party to the UN Global Compact, Nornickel is committed to managing its water resources in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 6 Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production, and SDG 14 Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Our commitments

The Company’s commitments are set forth in line with Norilsk Nickel’s Environmental Policy approved by a resolution of the Board of Directors. They include:

  • Effective management of the impact on water resources and tracking their condition across the GroupPublic Joint Stock Company "Mining and Metallurgical Company "Norilsk Nickel” and its subsidiariesGo to the glossary’s regions of operation.
  • Willingness to comply with national laws and regulations, generally recognised principles and norms of international law, international treaties, applicable international standards, and the Group’s internal regulations and guidelines on water management.
  • More sustainable and efficient use of water.
  • Introduction of best available technologies and global best practices.
  • Measures to study, monitor, preserve and restore water resources across the Group’s footprint.
  • Effective management of water risks.
  • Implementation of an adaptive approach and mitigation hierarchy (avoid, minimise, restore, offset) in water management.
  • Assessment of impact on water resources, as well as internal and external assessments of the Company’s compliance with water management requirements and relevant voluntary obligations.
  • Improvement of awareness, competencies and incentives regarding water management among the Company’s employees and at its business units;
  • Setting targets for Group companies on rational use of water and wastewater treatment in accordance with the principles of environmentally friendly production and consumption.

We also place a special emphasis on:

  • Improving awareness about responsible use of water resources as part of the Company’s corporate culture.
  • Factoring in responsible use of water resources when making investment and operational decisions.
  • Enhancing risk analysis and management in relation to water resources.
  • Providing assistance to suppliers in assessing their use of, and impact on, water resources.
  • Ensuring continuous supply of drinking water to local residents.
  • Working with government authorities and their representatives to support the development of necessary water facilities, including water supply and sewage systems.
  • Working with national, regional and municipal authorities to address issues and develop a policy for sustainable use of water resources.
  • Working with local residents and supporting local governments, communities and initiatives to ensure availability of water and sanitation facilities.
  • Publishing and sharing our water strategies (including targets and results, as well as areas for improvement) in relevant corporate reports and applying the water use indicators contained in the GRI, IRMA and ICMM standards.

Our targets

We set the following water management targets in line with the Environmental and Climate Change Strategy:

  • Zero incidents classified as an interregional or federal emergency situation.
  • Reduction of water pollution levels by 25% vs 2019 and achievement of the maximum permissible discharge rate of 159 ktpa by 2031.
  • Keep absolute fresh water intake volumes (except mine waters) for production purposes below 120 million m3.
  • Keeping water recycling and reuse rates above 80%.
  • Elimination of the HPP-3 fuel spill consequences and clean-up to normalise the water indicators by the end of 2022.

Our next steps towards our targets

  • Building and operating new treatment facilities using state-of-the-art technical solutions.
  • Eliminating pollution caused by environmental incidents in line with the Great Norilsk Expedition recommendations.

Our progress and performance

Norilsk Nickel holds a leading position among industry peers for water recycling and reuse ratios in 2020, achieving a 86% ratio with stable improvements since 2016.

Norilsk Nickel’s results compared to competitors:

  • Total water withdrawal (mcm) is 51% lower than the industry average.
  • Total wastewater discharge (mcm) is 14% lower than the industry average.
  • Share of recycled and reused water (%) is 50% higher than the industry average.

Current performance:

Water recycled and reused as percentage of total water used, %
Water consumption, thousand m3 / RUB mln
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