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We understand that the Company will only be able to achieve its objectives and preserve the world around us for future generations by following a comprehensive approach.
In 2014 Uralkali invested US$ 1,4 billion on environmental protection.

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency

As a result of the energy audit in 2012, a new Energy Saving Programme, which includes a set of organisational and technical measures aimed at reducing energy consumption, was approved. The programme started with the establishment of an energy-saving commission and the development of an incentive scheme. Investment projects with expected completion dates in 2017-2018 were initiated.

  • At the end of 2014, over 600 employees received awards for conserving energy as part of the incentive scheme. Some of the money saved on energy in 2013 was allocated for rewarding employees
  • In 2014, the implementation of technical measures aimed at reducing energy consumption continued
  • Uralkali continued to work on project documentation for previously initiated projects. Construction and installation work continued for some projects. Samples of energy-efficient equipment passed tests
  • As a result of energy-saving measures, the Group conserved 60,137 million kWh of electricity, 7,023 tonnes of fuel and 2,865 thousand m3 of water


Use of associated petroleum gas

Use of associated petroleum gas

As part of the Energy Saving Programme, the Company uses associated petroleum gas, which it purchases from oil and gas companies of the Perm region. This approach makes it possible not only to reduce natural gas consumption and to lower costs, but also to prevent the flaring of associated gas by oil companies, thus reducing global greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2014, the volume of associated gas used totalled 67.1 million m3.





Greenhouse gases emissions

Greenhouse gases emissions

Greenhouse gases emissions

Uralkali recognises that its operations are inextricably linked to energy consumption and result in greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions from fertiliser production account for less than 1% of the global total.

In 2012, Uralkali joined the international Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which is the most authoritative source of data on global climate change, and has since been providing information on its activities to reduce greenhouse gases.

In the reporting period, emissions of CO2 -equivalent gases across the Group amounted to 1.85 million tonnes.

For the reporting period, emissions of CO2-equivalent gases across the Group amounted to 1.97 million tonnes compared to 1.87 million tonnes in 2012 due to increased potash production.




Emissions into the atmosphere

Emissions into the atmosphere

Emissions into the atmosphere

The Company’s enterprises have environmental protection departments which are responsible for emissions of pollutants into the atmosphere.

As part of the Company’s programme to expand its existing production facilities in 2014, Uralkali is upgrading its waste treatment equipment. As a result, the operational efficiency of treatment facilities is increasing, thus reducing the Company’s environmental impact.

In the reporting period, Uralkali’s pollutant emissions increased from 4.72 to 5.49 thousand tonnes year-on-year due to increased consumption of natural gas and increased output. All atmospheric emissions from stationary sources are within the regulated limits.





Water resources

Water resources

To ensure the efficient consumption and reuse of water in order to minimise waste-water discharges, the Company develops and implements annual environmental action plans.

Water consumption for industrial needs In 2014, total water intake for industrial needs and utility services at Uralkali decreased by 0.8% compared to 2013 and amounted to 40.56 million m3 . The water intake from surface sources totalled 19.03 million m3.

The Company aims to reduce consumption of water for industrial needs and minimise the impact on the environment. The volume of water recycled and reused at Uralkali Group totalled 110.69 million m3 , representing an increase on 2013 figures (85.93 million m3 ), which led to the lower overall amount of water waste.



Waste management

Waste management

Waste management

Uralkali’s mining activities generate significant amounts of secondary resources and waste. Effective waste management begins with the adoption of measures to prevent environmental pollution. Preventative measures include refusal of or reduction in operating practices that pollute the soil, atmosphere and water bodies. The Company is guided by this principle in the design and operation of its facilities, as well as in business planning.

In 2014, Uralkali continued to implement measures to achieve higher levels of waste management efficiency. Such measures included:

  • the introduction of state-of-the-art production solutions at both existing and new facilities to increase the recovery ratio of valuable components from ore, resulting in significant reductions in waste
  • the backfilling of the mined-out areas of mines, thus reducing the environmental impact
  • ongoing crushing of concrete slabs at a mobile crushing-and-sorting plant

In 2014, the Company’s enterprises produced 34.77 million tonnes of waste. More than 99% of this is industrial waste of hazard class V (halite waste and clay-salt slurries). Wherever possible, we look for ways to minimise waste by improving the relevant processes, including waste recycling.




Land resources and biodiversity

Land resources and biodiversity

Uralkali pays close attention to the condition of ecosystems affected by its production activities. The Company regularly monitors water protection zones and the bank lines of small rivers, observing shrub and tree vegetation. As part of the construction of the Ust-Yayvinsky mine and the development of the Polovodovo site, background environmental conditions are monitored in connection with the impact of these activities. In 2013, there were no instances of soil pollution resulting from production activities on the territories of industrial sites or in the buffer zones of Uralkali. The results of the surveys suggest no significant damage to biodiversity in the regions where the Company operates.




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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBLIITY POLICY OF OJSC "URALKALI"

OJSC "Uralkali" (OJSC "Uralkali", Company,) is one of the world’s leading potash producers. Our aim is to produce potash fertilizers to satisfy the worldwide demand for the high-quality food; we develop potash deposits in an efficient and responsible manner in order to ensure continuous development of the Company.

We follow the principles of social responsibility and we know how important it is to respect the interests of all our stakeholders (employees, partners, investors, shareholders, government authorities, public organizations, the media and the residents of the regions of Uralkalis corporate presence). We know that, as a large industrial company, we are expected to be reliable, open and stable. We aspire to fully meet these expectations in full by consistently implementing the strategy of sustainable development.

Planning our work for years ahead, we care about the well-being of the future generations and honor the obligations that we have undertaken voluntarily:

  • Securing the well-being and personal development of our employees;
  • Taking into account the unique social features of the regions where we work both when solving current problems and when making decisions regarding the Companys new projects;
  • Taking all necessary actions in order to reduce the negative impact on the safety, health and living conditions of our employees, partners and residents of the territories of Uralkalis corporate presence;
  • Maintaining an open dialogue with all the Companys stakeholders, regularly informing all interested parties of the situation in the Company and the status of the actions taken in order to reduce and eliminate environmental and social risks;
  • Taking into account the opinions of the stakeholders when making decisions in the sphere of industrial, environmental and social safety when realizing current and future projects.

Our social policy serves as a guide for each employee of OJSC "Uralkali" and it is reflected in all our programs and plans. We understand how important it is to fulfill our obligations in a full and timely way and we are committed to finding a balance between the interests of the Company, its employees and other stakeholders. We believe that this balance is the only true foundation for the harmonious growth and development of OJSC "Uralkali" and society as a whole.

URALKALIs Health, Safety and Environment Policy

OJSC “Uralkali” aims to be a leader in every aspect of its operations.

Health, safety and environment are key priorities for us and serve as a framework for every action and decision we make, irrespective of the type of activity.

We fully realise that no achievement or economic benefit may justify death of people or damage to human health and the environment of our planet. Each and every employee of OJSC Uralkali has the right to be provided with safe and comfortable conditions of labour. With that, the Company expects that every employee will strictly abide by safety regulations and will demonstrate responsible attitude towards own and fellow colleagues life and health. Only through maintaining a mutually responsible behaviour in health, safety and environment will we be able to achieve a greater level of development for our business.

Our goals are very simple and clear:

  • Zero accidents;
  • Zero industrial emergencies;
  • Reduction of environmental impact.

To achieve these goals and to ensure the maximum compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, we must create a health, safety and environment management system based on established standards.

An efficient management and continuous improvement of the corporate health and safety culture will enable us to gain significant progress in preventing and/or mitigating HSE-related issues.

We strongly believe that a successful implementation of these efforts will create conditions for the sustainable development of OJSC Uralkali.

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