SIBUR is continuously improving its environmental management system. It covers all production stages: R&D, investing in new green technologies, manufacturing ESG products, upgrading production facilities, reducing pollutant emissions and discharges, implementing circular economy projects, involving partners in bringing sustainable development principles to life, etc.
spent on environmental protection in 2020.
of exceeding maximum permissible concentrations of pollutant emissions and discharges.
increase in green electricity consumption by the Company's facilities as compared to 2019.
SIBUR consumes considerable amounts of water. We seek to optimise our water use by cutting down on per-unit water consumption, recycling and reusing water, and maximising discharge treatment efficiency.
The Company is continuously monitoring atmospheric air quality at its production facilities. We introduce new technologies to mitigate the impact of production processes on the atmosphere.
We adopt a responsible approach to our environmental footprint. Minimising the volume of industrial waste and maximising recycling reduces our impact on the environment and improves business efficiency.
* – compared to 2018.
SIBUR's environmental management system has been integrated into the holding's governance structure at all levels: from the Board of Directors and the Management Board to individual subsidiaries. The system is ISO 14001 certified and is subject to regular external audits. In 2020, the certification body recommended that the certification covering all SIBUR's production sites be extended for the next three years.
In 2020, we approved a Water Resource Management Strategy, which forms part of our overarching 2025 Sustainable Development Strategy.
per-unit water consumption down 9.4%
per-unit mass of contaminants in wastewater down 16.7%
total water disposal down 45%
Reconstruction of SIBUR-Kstovo's wastewater treatment system
The project resulted in better environmental indicators of ethylene, propylene and benzene production, mitigating environmental risks and reducing the load on the Ecoin-NORSI treatment facilities. Now, SIBUR-Kstovo discharges undergo effective treatment that includes multiple stages – mechanical, physico-chemical, biological, and post-treatment.
Dynamic wastewater quality standards at SIBUR-Khimprom
The new technology has brought about cleaner discharges, higher process stability, and a decrease in potentially dangerous incidents.
Construction of local treatment facilities at Tomskneftekhim
A project to build treatment facilities that includes implementation of multi-stage physico-chemical wastewater treatment. Once completed, the project will help reduce the charges for negative impact on the centralised water disposal system.
ZapSibNeftekhim’s water protection system
The facility makes use of a water recirculation system. The water is reused in production processes and treated using innovative technologies. ZapSibNeftekhim’s comprehensive water protection system was acclaimed as the Best Environmental Project at the Chemistry Complex Business Index Awards.
By minimising our environmental footprint we contribute to the Clean Air national project to cut cumulative emissions in major industrial hubs.
year-on-year pollutant emissions (excluding new sites) down 11% y-o-y
of exceeding maximum permissible concentrations of pollutant emissions
tonnes of emissions prevented
In 2020, we drafted the Emission Management Strategy complementing our 2025 Sustainable Development Strategy.
How we reduce emissions:
How we ensure effective control of emissions:
Mandatory initiatives to reduce impact on the atmosphere:
Reducing air emissions by Portenergo
A project to cut liquefied petroleum gas (LPG, propane) fed to low-pressure flare reduced emissions by 67%.
Reconstruction of the flaring system at SIBUR-Kstovo
Replacing the elevated flare’s tip with a smokeless one helped cut pollutant concentration and minimise smoke in all of the facility’s operating modes. An enclosed flare system made production processes safer. The flare system became smokeless and noiseless.
Installing an air purification system at Voronezhsintezkauchuk
An advanced plant purifies air used in rubber production by generating steam. This improves energy efficiency and minimises the environmental footprint.
In 2020, SIBUR approved the Waste Management Strategy. Its targets became part of SIBUR’s 2025 Sustainable Development Strategy.
Key focus areas in waste management:
The amount of generated waste dropped by 18% y-o-y, down to 52.1 kt.
The share of recyclable waste reached 40%, up 8% y-o-y
45% sold, 53% reused in the production cycle, and the remaining 2% recycled.
In 2018, SIBUR joined Operation Clean Sweep (a PlasticsEurope initiative that seeks to prevent the loss of polymer particles into the environment). Each year, 15 SIBUR facilities are subject to organisational and technological initiatives aimed at limiting the penetration of microplastics into the environment.
Separate waste collection
SIBUR is pursuing the Green Office concept and has arranged for separate waste collection across its facilities. Separate containers for plastic, cardboard, paper, and plastic caps are installed in all administrative buildings and on all production premises. Collected waste is later sent to partner companies for recycling.