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Corporate Citizenship

The enviromnental policy of Russian Railways identifies major principles and commitments of the company in environmental security, environmental protection and rational nature use for the long-term period. The economic policy is the key instrument in the system of environmental management if the company, it is the basis for identification and implementation of all steps and types of environmental activities in the branches of the company.

 This commitment dictates obligations of the company in environmental security, environmental protection and rational nature use.

Major commitments of Russian Railways:

  • Compliance with international, federal, regional, industrial and corporate legal and regulatory requirements in the sphere of environmental security, environmental protection and rational nature management.
  • reduce the negative environmental impact by 35% by 2015 and by 70% by 2030;
  • implement effective resource conservation technologies, environmentally-friendly materials and the sustainable use of natural resources;
  • reduce energy use in transport: reduce power consumption for traction by 14.4% and fuel by 9.1%;

EnvironmentThe Company is implementing an investment project "Environmental Protection", which includes the construction of new and the reconstruction of existing environmental protection facilities and the purchase of environmental technologies and equipment, including equipment for dealing with the environmental consequences of emergencies.

Russian Railways is also carrying out the programme "Saving Nature for Future Generations", which replenishes the stock of plants removed during the construction of the combined road and rail route between Adler - Krasnaya Polyana. We have already planted 6,860 seedlings of Colchis boxwood at a cost of over 800,000 roubles. But this is only part of the programme for the conservation of rare species of plants and trees that we intend to undertake during the construction of the facilities for the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014, and we will be planting thousands of rare plant species in the near future.

 

Russian Railways is continuing its environmental protection efforts while building infrastructure for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

 

Industrial Environmental Monitoring

Russian Railways’ 17 regional divisions are responsible for monitoring hazardous emissions, effluents and soil contamination on the territory where they operate. Stationary facilities were monitored by 53 eco-laboratories, including 4 lab-cars with onboard analytical complexes at the Severo-Kavkazskaya, Privolzhskaya, Kuibyshevskaya, Zapadno-Sibirskaya Railways, while mobile sources of hazardous emissions (diesel locomotives) were monitored using 121 environmental control points (ECP). After engine repairs, all locomotives are tested at ECPs to ensure that they comply with environmental standards.

 

The environment impact of rail transport 1991-2008

Process

Change

Solution

Emissions into the atmosphere from stationary sources

 

Reduction of 217,000 tons, a cutback of 62%

  • replacing obsolete boilers in thermal power units with improved environmental performance;
  • converting boilers to cleaner fuels (gas, oil);
  • increasing the efficiency of fuel combustion;
  • introducing electric heating;
  • eliminating coal-fired boilers;
  • upgrading existing and introducing new dust and gas collection equipment.

Water consumption for production purposes

Reduction of 98m cubic metres, a cutback of 58%

  • technology with low water consumption;
  • water recycling;
  • metering water consumption;
  • optimising the Company’s industrial structure.

Discharges of wastewater into surface water bodies

 

Reduction of 62m cubic metres, a cutback of 78%

  • construction and reconstruction of local and nodal waste water treatment plants;
  • reducing water consumption in production processes;
  • transfer of wastewater treatment plants to municipal ownership;
  • optimising the Company’s production structure.

Recycling waste in 2008

540.7 thousand tons

  • recycling waste in production processes;
  • decontaminating sand and soil polluted with petroleum and biological products;
  • heat Treatment;
  • regeneration of waste oils and lubricants.
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