The Company has an environmental policy that defines the Company’s principles, goals, objectives and main areas of activity in environmental protection and long-term environmental safety. The environmental policy has been approved by the JSC “MOESK” Board of Directors (Minutes No. 75 dated December 3, 2008).
The range of measures implemented under the environmental policy includes:
- the scheduled modernization and replacement of technological equipment;
- the introduction of new wastewater treatment technologies;
- the disposal of industrial waste;
- the organization of environmental education for employees.
In accordance with its environmental policy, the Company is making improvements to the management system in matters of environmental protection and natural resource usage based on an environmental management system. In 2011, the JSC “MOESK” integrated system for environmental management as well as occupational health and safety underwent a re-certification audit. The audit inspected the executive office and three of the Company’s branches: Moscow Cable Networks, High Voltage Cable Networks and Northern Electricity Networks. No observations or discrepancies with respect to environmental protection at JSC “MOESK” or the operation of the environmental management system were identified during the audit. Following the audit, the Company received a new certificate certifying that the environmental management system has been inspected and found to be in compliance with the requirements of the international standard ISO 14001:2004.
The Company’s environmental expenses totaled 102 million rubles in 2011.
Water pollution control
In 2011, total water consumption by JSC “MOESK” amounted to 489,880 m3, including 412,550 m3 for drinking needs and 77,330 m3 for industrial purposes. In 2010, water consumption totaled 482,230 m3, including 372,610 m3 for drinking needs and 109,620 m3 for industrial purposes.
The Company’s environmental
expenses in 2011
To improve the quality of wastewater and increase the efficiency of treatment facilities, JSC “MOESK” branches implemented the following measures:
- constructing a storm water sewerage system with treatment facilities on the core of Southern Electricity Networks;
- laboratory analyses of the quality of surface and melt water from production facilities;
- monitoring of the treatment facilities for vehicle washing;
- work to rebuild the treatment facilities for vehicle washing with recycled water supply;
- the installation of new filters and chemicals at car washes with the closed water recycling cycle;
- the sanitation of treatment facilities, vehicle washing stations and the storm water sewerage system;
- the periodic inspection of treatment facilities;
- the timely renewal of permits for the discharge of pollutants.
Air pollution control
Total air pollutant emissions amounted to 44.5 tons in 2011, down 13.1% from 2010 (or by 6.71 tons). Vehicles accounted for the bulk of emissions.
The following measures affected the reduction in the volume of air pollutant emissions in 2011:
- sensor monitoring of air pollutant emissions into the atmosphere from stationary sources;
- inspecting the toxicity of cars with gasoline engines and diesel vehicles in terms of their smoke levels;
- inspecting the efficiency of dust and gas treatment equipment and cyclone treatment;
- work to rebuild the hydro filters of repair bays for convoy vehicles;
- the timely preparation of maximum permissible emission (MPE) volumes and the renewal of permits for pollutant emissions into the atmosphere.
Protection of land resources
For the protection and rational use of land resources, the following measures were implemented in 2010:
- the construction of oil suction pipes, oil collectors and oil storage facilities as well as repairs to the oil sump system;
- the installation of equipment at production sites in places for the temporary storage of production and consumption waste as well as the timely removal and disposal of this waste by specialized organizations;
- the timely cleaning of territories and the removal of construction and everyday garbage;
- the timely development of draft standards for waste generation and extending the waste disposal limits.
Production and consumption waste
Law hazard and non-hazardous waste – hazard class 4-5 – continue to constitute the bulk of waste from JSC “MOESK.”
Generation of production and
consumption waste, tons
The Company has a license to perform activities involving the collection, use, decontamination and disposal of waste of hazard class 1-4 series 077 No. 00470 dated December 26, 2011.
Solid waste is sent for disposal exclusively at landfills that have a license for this type of activity and the approved limits for waste disposal. Category 1-3 waste is transferred to special treatment plants for disposal or processing for reuse.
A 5.9% reduction was seen in category 1-3 waste in 2011 compared to 2010.
The generation of production and consumption waste totaled 20,565 tons in 2011, up 25% from 2010 (by 4.114 tons). The increase in the volume of waste generated in comparison with 2010 is connected with growth in the volume of the repair and investment program as well as work to clear firebreaks for power lines.
All newly constructed or reconstructed substations in Moscow and the Moscow Region located in direct proximity to residential sectors are required to be equipped with noise control devices during the design and construction stages. The total noise levels are determined using calculation methods based on which measures are planned to reduce and optimize the noise impact of JSC “MOESK” facilities in accordance with sanitary standards.
In 2011, JSC “MOESK” implemented the following measures to control the noise impact of the Company’s facilities on the environment:
- measurements of noise levels from substations;
- sensor monitoring of air conditions and noise pollution on the boundaries of the sanitary protection zones (SPZ) of the Company’s facilities.