MMK celebrates Environment Day
Employees of MMK’s environmental laboratory, created three decades ago, today celebrate their professional holiday. Ongoing reduction of the plant's environmental impact and adoption of the best available technologies are central elements of MMK's strategy to support the Company’s long-term sustainable growth.
MMK has integrated an environmental management system that meets ISO 14001 requirements and has been certified by Germany’s TÜV NORD CERT, a respected and widely-known international certification authority.
In 2017, ММК invested more than RUB 4 bln in environmental activities. Key projects over the past year included reconstruction of sulphur-capture systems at the sinter plant, reconstruction of the gas-cleaning unit at the double-hearth furnace in the electric arc furnace facility, and construction of casting-bed aspiration systems at blast-furnaces Nos. 9 and 10.
In 2018, MMK will invest RUB 5.5 bln in construction of environmental facilities. Key areas include construction of casting-bed and stock-house aspiration systems at blast-furnace No. 1, to reduce dust emissions by 800 tonnes per year; completion of the reconstruction of the water circulation supply system, to reduce discharges of water pollutants by 47 ths tonnes; and construction of environmental facilities at the new sintering plant No. 5.
To enhance the efficiency of the Company’s environmental efforts, in 2015 MMK developed the Clean City strategic initiative, targeting a low level of air pollution in Magnitogorsk by 2025 (Air Quality Index below 5 units). MMK’s total investment in environmental activities through 2025 is planned to exceed RUB 38 bln.
5 June was named World Environment Day at the 27th session of UN General Assembly in 1972. In Russia, this day is celebrated as a professional holiday for environmental specialists and environmentalists. The holiday was declared by President Vladimir Putin in a decree dated 21 July 2007.
MMK is one of the world's largest steel producers and a leading Russian metals company. The company's operations in Russia include a large steel-producing complex encompassing the entire production chain from the preparation of iron ore to downstream processing of rolled steel. MMK turns out a broad range of steel products with a predominant share of high-value-added products. In 2017, the company produced 12.9 million tonnes of crude steel and 11.6 million tonnes of commercial steel products. MMK Group had sales in 2017 of USD 7,546 million and EBITDA of USD 2,032 million.
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