Russian aluminium behemoth UC Rusal is marking the International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies by announcing a new voluntary report to be produced by the firm on its participation in Russia’s “Clean Air” initiative.
Rusal says the report will be a detailed breakdown of its progress on efforts related to the Clean Air initiative as well as plans for improving environmental efficiency. The report will also include a breakdown of the investments Rusal makes toward the effort and the funding the firm puts toward it.
Irina Bakhtina, Rusal’s Chief Sustainability Officer, said in a press release that several aluminium smelters have lent a hand in the project.
“Three entities of the company have participated in the “Clean Air” federal project: Krasnoyarsk, Bratsk and Novokuznetsk Aluminium Smelters. Programs to improve the environmental efficiency of RUSAL’s smelters are included in the comprehensive plans of Krasnoyarsk, Bratsk and Novokuznetsk to reduce emissions into the atmosphere, as approved by the Government of the Russian Federation. In turn, these plans are fixed in the agreements of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia, Rosprirodnadzor and the executive authorities of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, Irkutsk and Kemerovo regions.”
The head of the Russian Ecological Society and Deputy chairman of the Public and Business Council of the National Project “Ecology” Rashid Ismailov lavished high praise on Rusal’s project.
“The openness of an industrial enterprise today is a sign of a responsible attitude to the territories of its presence and society. RUSAL’s public comprehensive report is the right story. I would like to draw the attention of the heads of enterprises participating in the Clean Air federal project to this case and suggest joining the initiative. RUSAL’s approach also has a positive impact on the development of an “ecological” dialogue between business and government.”
Among the more important improvements Rusal has implemented in its push to more sustainable production is the continued implementation of technology including the EcoSoderberg environmentally friendly anode.