Protection of the environment in the course of coal mining and processing is one of Raspadskaya Coal Company’s priorities. The company regularly performs environmental monitoring (laboratory tests) of runoff water, water bodies, the atmosphere, land, vegetation, etc.
Based on 2015 results, EVRAZ was among the top 10 mining companies in Russia in terms of environmental responsibility according to the rating developed by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) together with the United Nations Development Programme, the Global Environment Facility and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation.
In 2017, the Year of the Environment, Raspadskaya Coal Company brought into operation state-of-the-art water treatment facilities at the Raspadskaya Koksovaya mine and the Abashevskaya mine and at the shutdown MUK-96 mine. Russia’s biggest coal mine, Raspadskaya, is upgrading its treatment facilities. Construction of water treatment facilities is in progress at the Alardinskaya mine, and the design of treatment facilities is in progress at the Raspadsky open pit and Osinnikovskaya mine.
In 2018, a virtual tour of the Uskovskaya and Yerunakovskaya-VIII water treatment facilities, an IT solution developed by Raspadskaya Coal Company, was awarded a gold medal at the Siberian Eco Forum.
In 2018, 2,400 pine seedlings were planted on 18 hectares of affected land.
Every year, miners hold gardening and landscaping campaigns in Novokuznetsk and Mezhdurechensk. The company’s environmental specialists promote awareness among pupils at schools and children attending kindergartens. They hold the following events: “Earth Day”, “Birds Day”, “Live, Wellspring”, “Second Life for Trees” and “Collect. Bring. Recycle”. Raspadskaya Coal Company employees take part in All-Kuzbass subbotniks (volunteer clean-up events) and months of planting trees.
In 2018, 270 hardwood seedlings (ash, mountain ash, apple tree) and 20 softwood seedlings were planted in the Novokuznetsk district; 545 trees were planted in Mezhdurechensk (spruce, birch trees, bird cherry trees, etc.).