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As the leading container ports business in Russia, we recognise that there is a balance to be struck between enabling trade flows whilst protecting the environment. We consider ourselves stewards of the places where we operate charged with looking after the environment with diligence and care. We aim to make sure that not only do we minimise the environmental impact of our activities, but that we make a positive difference to the environmental outcomes.

Our environmental work is focused on many priority areas: reducing energy consumption; optimising our water usage and, improving our waste management and recycling performance. To address these issues the Group has invested in installing energy efficiency schemes, environmentally-beneficial waste management solutions and enhanced environmental protection measures. Over the last year this has involved projects to upgrade wastewater treatment facilities; install more energy efficient lighting; install energy-efficient heating systems; upgrade our stormwater drainage systems; and construct pollution monitoring systems. In 2020 we spent RUB 91 million (USD 1.3 million) on various environmental protection measures at our terminals, mainly at ULCT and VSC, as part of our overall environmental investment programme (2018–2021) in conjunction with regional administrations.

We are also determined that our environmental activities are transparent and accountable and that we comply with all applicable environmental regulations and requirements in each of the regions where we operate. 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 continue to examine 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 2021. 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.

Energy Usage ?

Electricity consumption per 1 tonne of cargo
handled by Russian Ports’ marine terminals
kWh 2.14 2.08 1.69
Fuel consumption per 1 tonne of cargo
handled by Russian Ports’ marine terminals
l/t 0.45 0.46 0.44
Energy intensity of Russian Ports’ marine terminals
(MWh per million of sales revenue in USD)
USD 119 120 108

Water usage

As a ports business, water is fundamental for our operations and the communities around them. We are committed to managing our water resources more effectively. We have a particular focus on minimising the impact of negative water quality on the natural environment. As part of our natural resource management, all accumulated rainwater and wastewater is treated before being returned to waterways.

Waste management

We aim to minimise the amount of waste our terminals produce, reuse 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 review 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 practice development in areas such as compliance, energy usage, recycling and waste management.