TMK’s strategic priority is to ensure transition to the best available technologies with the highest economic and environmental performance.
We are committed to building a sustainable, responsible and competitive business, mitigating negative environmental impact of rapidly developing production operations. In furtherance of TMK’s environmental policy, our efforts during the year, as in the previous years, were focused primarily on improving environmental efficiency of production processes, reducing consumption of natural resources, and minimising waste disposal.
In its operations, TMK follows international environmental protection initiatives and agreements and complies with national environmental standards and regulations. Any large-scale upgrade, technical modernisation and production expansion are supported by systemic environmental activities. Eleven plants of the company have been certified for compliance with ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management System) international standard. Continuous improvement of environmental management was once again confirmed by international auditors in 2013. Three plants of the US Division are getting ready to be certified for compliance with ISO 14001:2004.
Environmental investments: transition to best available technologies. Environmental aspects are an essential component of all strategic documents of the company, including the effective Strategic Investment Programme. In 2013, TMK invested 28.5 mln USD in 31 measures designed to ensure legal compliance and environmental protection. These activities focused on the following:
- reduction in pollutant emissions;
- construction of water recycling systems;
- waste water reduction;
- improvement of waste disposal and land reclamation operations.
Specific pollutant emissions by Volzhsky Pipe Plant, Seversky Tube Works, Sinarsky Pipe Plant and TAGMET, kg/t
In order to reduce negative impact on the atmosphere, TMK uses advanced technology with a highdegree of industrial emissions treatment. Measures in this area are annual, including routine maintenance and overhaul of treatment facilities to improve the efficiency of gas cleaning, which helps in meeting the approved standards. Current atmospheric emissions control expenses amounted to 5.3 mln USD, including 3.7 mln USD for the Russian Division. In 2013, the treatment facilities of TMK’s Russian Division plants captured and neutralised 23.5 thous. tonnes of pollutants and contributed to a 9% reduction in gross pollutant emissions and 10% reduction in specific emissions. Specific emissions by four Russian plants show a downward trend.
Key activities and results:
- open-hearth furnaces were closed at TAGMET with an electric arc furnace with modern efficient gas cleaning equipment built and put into operation. Pollutant emissions reduced by more than 1.3 thous. tonnes;
- TMK-ARTROM and TMK-RESITA met the designated emission quotas;
- mobile labs were put into operation resulting in broader scope and higher quality of environmental control at the Sinarsky Pipe Plant.
TMK’s strategic priority in reducing the impact on water bodies focuses on the transition to a recycling water supply. For TMK, water recycling is a prerequisite for the commissioning of new production capacities, upgrade and reconstruction of production facilities. TMK’s plants are implementing an integrated approach to water resource management which, over time, results in optimised consumption, distribution and sustainable use of water and reduced sewage.
In 2013, TMK continued developing the recycling water supply system and improving performance of the existing treatment facilities. This resulted in a higher share of recycling water supply comprising 94.3% at TMK plants and 95.2% at the European Division.
Our 2013 water protection expenses amounted to 22.4 mln USD.
The development of the recycling water supply system and water discharge reduction activities undertaken by the company helped to significantly improve TMK’s water consumption/disposal performance. In 2013 versus 2012, TMK reduced:
- industrial water consumption by 3.6%;
- water intake from surface water bodies by 5.8%;
- total waste water by 2.4%;
- waste water discharged to water bodies by 9.4%;
- concentration of pollutants in industrial effluents discharged to open water bodies by 16.1%.
Share of waste released to the environment as a proportion of the waste generated (Russian Division), %
In line with its environmental policy, TMK’s plants implement initiatives to reduce waste generation, to recycle and reuse the waste, to neutralise waste and reduce disposal, as well as land reclamation initiatives.
7.1 mln USD was spent to minimise the impact of waste on the environment, including: 5.2 mln USD by the Russian Division; 388 thous. USD by the European Division and 1.5 mln USD by the US Division.
In 2013 waste generation amount reduced by 2.3%.
In 2013, TMK continued working towards its commitment to use waste products as raw materials for inhouse production as set forth by the company’s Environmental Policy, with 67.5% of waste being reused. Sales of waste as a raw material for other industries increased 1.3 times.
TMK’s land protection expenses, including land reclamation, amounted to 1.06 mln USD in 2013.
Activities and results
- Seversky Tube Works brought an automated waste management systemon-stream;
- Sinarsky Pipe Plant completed the technical phase of land reclamation at two sludge storage facilities;
- Volzhsky Pipe Plant commissioned modern waste landfill to accommodate waste with a hazard rating of 3, 4, 5;
- TAGMET continued working upon an ash disposal site; 278 thous. tonnes of industrial waste was processed and removed; 342 thous. tonnes of waste was sold for fur ther use; release of waste to the environment was reduced by 73%;
- generation of waste by the US Division reduced by 42%;
- ТМК-ARTROM reduced waste generation by 71%.
Over the reporting year, supervisory authorities conducted 38 inspections at TMK plants, including 13 at Russian plants. In 2013, TMK complied with all applicable environmental reporting requirements.