Environmental performance

  • Atmospheric protection

  • Sustainable management of water resources

  • High recycling rate

  • Energy efficient production

The Company’s environmental activities include conservation of water resources, air and soil protection, waste management and continuous environmental monitoring.

Atmospheric protection

VIZ-Steel consistently implements advanced technologies and conducts programmes in order to reduce the impact to the atmosphere. VIZ-Steel’s share in total air emissions volume does not exceed 0.25% of the total volumes of emissions fr om Yekaterinburg fixed sources of pollution. The plant’s emissions are below the maximum permissible level, which guarantees compliance with all the sanitary requirements.

Sustainable management of water resources

VIZ-Steel employs industry’s first zero-discharge closed water supply system. The closed water supply system designed and installed during the construction of the cold rolling shop in 1973 prevents any discharge of plant effluents to water bodies. The plant re-uses 95% of process water vs. the city average number of 65%.

The sophisticated closed water supply system helps ensures that the storm water drainage is only used to discharge to Iset river run-off and residual waters. The actual effluent discharge is within the fixed lim it and does not exceed 0.03% of the total volume of pollution discharge in Yekaterinburg. Water treatment facility is being upgraded to prevent effluent discharge altogether.

High recycling rate

VIZ-Steel consistently implements advanced technologies and conducts programmes in order to reduce the volume of generated, recycled and disposed waste. In the last five years, the plant reduced the volume of generated waste by 90%. The share of recycled waste is 100%.

Environmental monitoring

In its environmental activities and local monitoring of emission and discharge levels and waste management the plant is operating its own lab, controlling the condition of air and water and quality of the plant’s process ventilation. The lab is included in the state register of certified testing facilities.

This ensures compliance of air quality, waste and effluent, soil, process and drinking water and natural water bodies’ analysis with the highest standards. VIZ-Steel’s environmental lab regularly participates in inter-lab research contests organized by the Federal State Unitary Enterprise "UNIIM" and ZAO "ROSA", repeatedly ranking as one of the best testing facilities in CIS.