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 Goal 11 "Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable" The company considers it extremely important to reduce the negative environmental impact of cities, including by focusing efforts on improving air quality.
- Take measures to reduce the negative impact of our operations on air and improve air quality in the regions of presence;
- Implement air quality monitoring;
- Ensure transparency and efficiency of emissions management at all production sites of Norilsk Nickel Group;
- Collaborate with stakeholders, including local communities, government agencies and partners;
- Align our activities with best practices and air quality-related requirements of international standards.
To deliver on its strategic objectives, Nornickel will do the following:
- Reduce Kola Division’s SO2 emissions by 85% by the end of 2021 as compared to 2015;
- Reduce Polar Division’s SO2 emissions by 90% by 2025 as compared to 2015;
- Keep other air emissions (NOx, solids, etc.) at one of the lowest levels in the industry;
- Introduce an air quality monitoring system to assess and act on ambient air quality and dust associated with mining;
- Comply with best practices and global standards on air-related disclosures.
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.
Launch of the anchor sulphur project at Nadezhda Metallurgical Plant to capture furnace gases;
Launch of sulphur projects at Copper Plant to capture furnace and converter gases;
Capturing of SO2 low-grade gases (including converter gases) at Nadezhda Metallurgical Plant.
Our next steps to achieve our targets
- Implement the Sulphur Programme to achieve SO2 emission cuts;
- Initiate and proceed with partnerships with selected organisations on scientific research and 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 2021, we discontinued Kola MMC’s metallurgical shop to cut sulphur dioxide emissions in Monchegorsk to less than 30 kt this year.
At the same time, Nornickel makes sure to stay within the permissible levels for other pollutants, such as nitrogen oxide and solids: