In 2020, JSC Arkhangelsk PPM invested 1.1 bn Rubles in BAT driven conservation efforts.
Over the 10 years (2011–2020), the Mill allocated nearly 15 billion Rubles for environmental agenda and implementation of BAT.
While annual pulping output grew by 14.1 % over the last five years, water intake from Northern Dvina River decreased by 14 %, specific pollutant discharge into water bodies decreased by 11.7 %, and total pollutant emissions to atmosphere dropped by 25.6 %.
During 2011–2020, the volume of landfilled waste on dedicated disposal sites dropped by 43.5 %.
An important indicator of the environmental effort of Arkhangelsk PPM is the significant reduction in methylmercaptan and hydrogen sulphide emissions in relation to 2016 — by 49 % and 80 %, respectively. According to Roshydromet, by early 2021 concentrations of these substances in Novodvinsk air were well within maximum allowable concentration values.
According to Mr. Krupchak, member of the Boards of Directors of Arkhangelsk PPM and Chief Investment Officer of Pulp Mill Holding, the Environmental Efficiency Improvement Program has been formulated and submitted for approval to the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation. Its purpose is to ensure eco-friendliness of the business and ensure environmental pressure in accordance with BAT against all specified indicators.
By 2030, with implementation of all efforts included in the program, we will see Arkhangelsk PPM transforming into a new “eco-friendly avatar” of itself. Thanks to the scheduled upgrade, the mill plans to reduce the specific discharge of pollutants into the Northern Dvina River, measured in characteristic integral indicators, by 45 % — 55 %.
Work will continue to reduce emissions of sulfur-containing compounds into the atmosphere, which are of greatest concern to residents of the nearest settlements of the Arkhangelsk region, which the mill plans to complete by 2023.
“The program consists of more than 20 conservation efforts”, told Mr. Krupchak. — “According to preliminary estimates, the Environmental Efficiency Improvement Program will cost 18.2 bn Rubles.”