Environmental protection

Improving environmental safety and protecting nature are the priorities for Uralchem ​​in the implementation and development of production potential. Every year, our businesses develop environmental plans and short-term goals that help us reduce air pollutant emissions, reduce wastewater quantity and improve its quality, reduce hazardous waste, and increase waste recycling.

Uralchem ​​constantly monitors the impact of its companies on the environment and compliance with the applicable requirements of environmental legislation through environmental control of operations, account for environmental aspects during reconstruction and technical re-equipment of production, etc.

Management of environmental protection and ecological safety

Environmental issues are discussed at meetings of the Board of Directors as part of the approval of environmental projects and otherwise. The annual reports approved by the Board of Directors provide specific information on issues in this area. Uralchem is working on the preparation of its 2021 ESG Report, which will contain more detailed information on the Company's environmental activities.

Highlights of Uralchem’s four production enterprises for 2021*

  • 17,200 t - total emissions of air pollutants
  • Air pollutants intensity reduced by 9% to 2.6 kg/t 
  • By 7% decreased waste generation
  • RUB 2.3 m was spend on environmental protection

*percentage of change vs. 2020

Policies and other key documents

All production enterprises of the Company have implemented and are actively using integrated management systems (IMS). Within the framework of the IMS, policies have been developed and approved, including those on environmental protection. They are based on the following key principles:

Environmental management system

The environmental management system (EMS within the IMS) of each production facility of the Company is certified for compliance with the ISO 14001:2015 requirements. Every three years, the facilities’ EMS undergo independent certification according to this standard, which is carried out by the specialized bodies Bureau Veritas Certification and TÜV NORD CERT and is annually confirmed by a supervisory audit.

The EMS of the KCCW and Azot branches are also certified for compliance with the requirements of the Russian standard GOST R ISO 14001-2016, which is analogous to the corresponding international standard.

In 2017, Uralchem ​​became the first company in Russia to be certified under the Protect & Sustain program of the International Fertilizer Association (IFA). The Protect & Sustain program’s criteria include the requirements of three international standards ISO 9001:2015, 14001:2015, 45001:2018, and the RC 14001 (Responsible Care) specification. Based on the certification results, the Company was issued a Product Steward Excellence certificate. This is the highest level of recognition for non-European fertilizer producers. In 2020, specialists from the SGS certification body renewed the certificate with confirmation of the level of Excellence recognition.

EMS certification of enterprises by independent organizations allows Uralchem not only to ensure transparency of production and management processes, high quality of products, environmental protection and environmental safety, but also to significantly increase the efficiency of business processes and quality of management, and to strengthen trust on the part of customers and regulatory authorities.

International associations and standards

As a member of the International Fertilizer Association (IFA), Uralchem implements 12 guidelines on industrial safety, occupational health, and environmental management in its activities. From an environmental perspective, these guidelines reflect the following:

Uralchem regularly participates in the IFA survey on safety, energy efficiency, and CO2 emissions. Based on data collected from global fertilizer producers, IFA evaluates and identifies trends in these areas, consolidating the data in a global industry report. In 2019 and 2020 Uralchem was awarded the Industry Stewardship Champions label. This award recognizes IFA members for outstanding achievements in the field of industrial safety, occupational health, and environmental protection in the production of fertilizers.