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Jul 31, 2015

Russian Railways President Vladimir Yakunin Took Part in the Launch of a Thermal Waste Treatment Facility in Yaroslavl

A test run of a complex for the thermal treatment of waste was conducted yesterday in Yaroslavl at the Research and Production Centre for the Protection of the Environment, a branch of Russian Railways.

The project was the result of cooperation between Russian Railways and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in implementing the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, ratified by Russia on August 17, 2011.

"We must fix what man, unfortunately, paid little attention to during the long period of industrialization. This project is the first and only such project dedicated to the destruction of substances toxic and hazardous to man that were made by man himself", Russian Railways President Vladimir Yakunin said at the ceremony.

The construction of the complex for Russian Railways was carried out by Bezopasnye Tekhnologii using Russian scientific and technical advancements. The equipment meets all Russian and European quality and safety standards. It makes use of the most modern techniques of atmospheric emissions control. The complex control system is fully automated. The heat formed during the decontamination process will be transformed into electrical energy and used by the facility. The complex’s processing capacity will reach up to 500 kg per hour. The complex will treat 4.5 thousand tons of waste annually, including waste composed of hazardous polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

The problem of handling materials and substances containing persistent organic pollutants is currently a pressing problem throughout the world. Russian Railways has itself faced this problem: dielectric fluids in high-voltage capacitors and transformers are saturated with large quantities of additives based on PCBs. Oil at the end of its service life must be rendered harmless or cleaned of toxic additives to prevent it from contaminating the surrounding environment.

"Today is an important day for the entire Russian population. It is important to protect people from this danger, and Russian Railways is putting up a shield to defend against this problem", underscored Anna Popova, Head of the Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing.

United Nations Industrial Development Organization Managing Director Philippe Scholtes, who attended the event, also praised the work of Russian Railways in implementing environmental projects:

"The achievements of Russian Railways in implementing ecological programs and fulfilling commitments under the Stockholm Convention are indeed impressive. Russian Railways is a centre of environmental projects in Russia. Russian Railways is working closely with the authorities and is taking part in developing standards and training guidelines, is a member of international quality systems, and possesses international accreditations".


Russian Railways and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIEDO) signed an agreement of understanding and cooperation on October 23, 2013. The document was signed by Russian Railways President Vladimir Yakunin and UNIDO Director General Li Yong.

The purpose of the agreement is to improve environmental conditions, develop environmental technologies and ecologically clean production processes, and lay the foundations for their implementation and improvement.

The agreement provides for the consolidation of efforts for the development of mutually beneficial international scientific and technological cooperation in the field of environmental technologies, the support of international environmental projects and the stimulation of growth of foreign investment in environmentally innovative projects, as well as the development of legal and economic mechanisms to stimulate the transition of industrial facilities toward the best ecologically friendly technologies available.


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