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Global Ports is committed to protecting the environment and improving the quality of life of the local communities wherever it operates. Being good neighbours to the communities where we operate also means continuing to reduce our impact on the environment.

Protecting the environment

The nature of the logistics industry means that it can have a substantial impact on the environment. At Global Ports, we are committed to doing everything we can to minimise our impact.

Our first priority is to minimise the environmental impact of our activities. Key environmental impacts have been identified as energy consumption, CO2 emissions, water consumption and waste management. Hence our key priorities are to reduce our energy consumption, optimise our water usage, and improve our waste management and recycling performance. Key themes include investing in energy efficiency schemes; providing environmentally beneficial waste management solutions and investing in environmental protection. Over the last year this has involved projects to upgrade waste water treatment facilities; install more energy-efficient lighting; install energy-efficient heating systems; upgrade our storm water drainage systems; and construct pollution monitoring systems. In 2019, we spent over RUB 100 mln on environmental protection measures mainly at VSC, our terminal in the Far East Basin is in the midst of a major environmental investment programme (2018–2021) in conjunction with regional administrations, and at ULCT.

Our second priority is to be fully accountable, transparent and compliant with regard to the Group’s environmental activities. The Group aims to comply strictly with all applicable requirements of environmental laws in the regions where it operates. Compliance with environmental rules and regulations at our terminals is an ongoing operational focus for the business. Compliance protects the business legally, reassures our customers, and protects our reputation as an environmentally friendly and sustainable business. Comprehensive sustainability plans are in place at all our terminals and are embedded in all of Global Ports’ investment programmes.

Carbon footprint

The Group is committed to reducing its carbon footprint but we recognise the challenge of reducing energy consumption while at the same time growing our business operations. We are examining ways to increase our energy efficiency and also reduce air emissions.

We comply with all mandatory energy and CO2 compliance, and reporting requirements. In terms of carbon reporting, our environment management system tracks our operational emissions performance and that data is captured annually for the purposes of reporting our greenhouse gas emissions.

We have successfully reduced our electricity consumption per tonne of cargo handled in the last three years. We are targeting a further reduction in electricity consumption in the year 2020. We also continue to collaborate with our customers to try to find ways to reduce the impact that visiting vessels have on the ports’ air quality.

Water usage

Global Ports also makes strenuous efforts to manage water resources effectively and minimise the impact of negative water quality on the environment. As part of our natural resource management, all accumulated rainwater and waste water is treated before being returned to waterways.

Waste management

Global Ports aims to minimise the amount of waste that its terminals produce, re-use resources where possible and dispose of waste in a way that minimises the environmental impact, while also maximising operational and financial efficiency. Generally the activities of the Group do not lead to the formation of any solid or dangerous waste products. However, the Group does monitor and analyse its waste management activities, and each facility regularly reviews opportunities for waste recycling and reuse of materials. Global Ports is also continuing to work with its industry partners to reduce the impact of shipping and port operations on water quality at its port terminals. All non-recyclable waste such as waste oil is carefully stored in ways designed to prevent any harmful substances escaping into the environment.

Future priorities

We will continue to focus strongly on environmental compliance. We will continue to focus on improving the environmental sustainability of our operations, focusing on training and best practices development in areas such as compliance, energy usage, recycling and waste management.

Energy Usage ?

Electricity consumption per 1 tonne of cargo
handled by Russian Ports’ marine terminals
kWh 2.15 2.14 2.08
Fuel consumption per 1 tonne of cargo
handled by Russian Ports’ marine terminals
l/t 0.44 0.45 0.67
Energy intensity of Russian Ports’ marine terminals
(MWh per million of sales revenue in USD)
USD 117 119 120