Serious environmental damage in Norilsk: oil spill and Norilsk Nickel preventing activities
Lots of ecological issues appear in the world nowadays. Recently, a massive diesel fuel spill happened in Norilsk which is the reason for serious environmental damage. Luckily, this region has Norilsk Nickel that protects the environment and has started to take measures for eliminating the consequences of the tragedy immediately.
Although the company is not in charge of this ecological catastrophe, it is ready to provide full assistance for clean-up works and cover all the expenses related.
This article will overview the measures taken as well as show how Norilsk Nickel protects the environment on all levels by implementing diverse projects both locally and globally.
Norilsk Nickel Protects Environment on All the Levels. How it Combats Pollution from a Massive Fuel Spill
It is obvious that now Nornickel is mostly focused on the elimination of the consequences of a massive diesel fuel spill. It keeps clean-up works and helps those involved in them. As some authorities still blame Norilsk Nickel for this tragedy, it has asked ERM, an international organization that specializes in ecological issues, to conduct a transparent investigation of the issue.
It has already been stated that the main cause of this ecological tragedy is the melting of permafrost. Moreover. scientists have warned about these issues before but authorities never paid attention to the words. As for now, it is estimated that the damage may cost up to RUB 21.4BN, but Norilsk Nickel is ready to cover all the expenses.
Despite paying the most attention to this ecological tragedy now, Norilsk Nickel keeps protecting the environment by implementing diverse projects devoted to nature preservation. It has participated in lots of drafts both locally and globally. Let us have a closer look at what projects Nornickel is involved in.
Activities and Projects Devoted to Environment Protection Norilsk Nickel is Involved in
Norilsk Nickel pays attention to:
- air and water protection
- climate change issues
- global warming questions
- biodiversity conservation
- sea freighting
- waste management
- efficient use of natural resources
It takes care of all the sphere and tries its utmost to contribute to the protection of the Norilsk environment fully. For example, in terms of water protection, Norilsk Nickel upgrades existing facilities constructs new water systems and pursues sustainable use of water resources.
In order to contribute to biodiversity conservation, Nornickel participates in diverse projects led in cooperation with national parks. It has already provided assistance for observation of polar bears habitats and contributed to the preservation of aquatic biodiversity.
As for waste management, Norilsk Nickel minimizes environmental damage and the impact of the waste it generates. It searches for new ways of recycling and uses waste for construction and strengthening of dumps, railroad filling, and groundwork.
It also pays attention to global warming and climate change issues by implementing long-term initiatives devoted to the reduction of emissions and improving energy efficiency.
Moreover, Norilsk Nickel takes care of the atmosphere and protects air locally and globally. It has been working on one of its key projects for a long time and all the measures taken have already shown great results.
Let us have a closer look at the Sulphur project and find out what its main goals are.
The Sulphur Project and other Ecological Drafts Norilsk Nickel Takes Part In
The Sulphur project is one of the key drafts devoted to the reduction of sulphur dioxide emissions in the Arctic region. Norilsk Nickel pays special attention to air protection as it understands that such emissions have a bad impact on the atmosphere and on people’s health as well.
They are really dangerous as they affect the respiratory system and may worsen some diseases. Norilsk Nickel protects the environment by measures that lead to the continuous reduction of SO2 emission in the regions of Nornickel’s operations.
The first phase of this project has already been finished and resulted in the reduction of sulphur dioxide emissions by 30% in the Norilsk residential area and by 30% in the Polar Division in general. It also helped to eliminate about 600 sources of air pollution.
During this stage, the major pollutant, Norilsk Plant, has been closed and it is expected that the removal of infrastructure will be finished by 2023.
The company is planning to continue working on the Sulphur projects and it has already signed the contract with STEP, the organization that will be in charge of the construction of major facilities at Nadezhda Plant. It is estimated that the project will cost about $3.5BN and Norilsk Nickel is ready to cover all the costs no matter what.
However, Norilsk Nickel plans to continue its policy devoted to the protection of the Norilsk environment and that is why it also participates in other ecological projects as well.
It also takes part in the international project in cooperation with BASF the main idea of which is to supply the battery materials market and reduce a carbon footprint.
Norilsk Nickel has also organized the great Norilsk expedition that has already shown good results in terms of environmental protection. The materials that have been collected during the field stage are examined at the laboratory and it is expected that the report will contribute to Norilsk environment protection as it will suggest recommendations for industrial corporations on how to develop eco-friendly projects.
All in all, ecological tragedies, unfortunately, are happening quite often nowadays. Luckily, some huge companies such as Norilsk Nickel protect the environment and pay attention to ecological issues.
Nornickel sets nature preservation as one of its main goals and does its utmost in order to save nature locally and globally. It eliminates the consequences of a massive fuel spill happened in Norilsk, takes part in international projects devoted to environment protection as well as implements diverse ecological drafts locally. Norilsk Nickel gradually eliminates environmental damage on all levels and plans to continue its eco-friendly policy not only in the regions of its operations but also worldwide.