04.09.2021   12:00

Head of Russian Railways took part in ecological action Clean Shores of Baikal

Oleg Belozerov, the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Board of Russian Railways, and Sergey Yastrebov, Deputy Head of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, helped to clear debris from the shores of Lake Baikal as part of the ecological action "Clean Shores of Baikal. The actin took place on the coastal water area of ​​Lake Baikal, on the Circum-Baikal Railway and in the village of Tankhoi and brought together 120 volunteer employees of the Company.

"By participating in the action "Clean shores of Baikal," we are helping to preserve this unique natural feature and set a good example to the younger generation. The location of railway transport infrastructure facilities in the Baikal water protection zone imposes a special responsibility on Russian Railways, so we are actively promoting the preservation of the ecological balance of the Baikal natural territory, " said Oleg Belozerov.

Within the framework of the event, a new ecological excursion trail called Tankhoyskaya Verst was also opened. Russian Railways sponsored the project.

A natural route 1.2 km long, running along the coast of Lake Baikal, connects Tankhoy railway station with the Baikal Zapovedny [Natural Reserve] Visitor Centre.

Constructing the Tankhoyskaya Verst involved hard work on the engineering component - laying a wooden flooring on a difficult terrain and building three bridges. The trail is equipped with information stands with interactive elements, each of which presents the interesting history and nature of these places en route.

2021 was declared Year of Ecology at Russian Railways, so the Company is paying particular attention to the protection of Lake Baikal during the reconstruction of the Baikal-Amur and Trans-Siberian Main Line railways.

Russian Railways has also created a digital integrated complex in the field of environmental protection and industrial and fire safety. This combined system is an information and analytical platform capable of video recording and the collection, processing and analysis of objective data from the Baikal natural territory.

In addition, Russian Railways is actively working to popularise specially protected natural areas (the Great Ural Route, Karelia, the Black Sea coast and Lake Baikal), promote the development of ecological tourism and improve the transport accessibility of these territories.

The Holding has prepared an Environmental Strategy to 2030 whose main goal is to significantly reduce the impact of the Company's production activities on the environment through the introduction of innovative resource-saving and low-waste technologies.