Air

 10%

reduction in total air pollutant emissions

 

 

 

80%

of total emissions by the Group are the least harmful for human health

 

 

 

1.7

million tonnes of СO2 equivalent is the year-on-year reduction in GHG emissions in 2017

To protect the atmosphere we continuously monitor and analyse air pollutant emissions by our subsidiaries and affiliates, review trends, and launch emission control initiatives while also encouraging the adoption of the best available solutions to ensure ambient air protection.

To reduce negative impact on the atmosphere we are using the following technologies:

  • COGENERATION. The use of process gases in heating systems. Cogeneration has allowed the Company to eliminate boiler houses in heating systems. Cogeneration fuel savings reach 40% as compared to separate generation of the same amount of power and heat, which leads to significant reductions in combustion emissions, including greenhouse gases.
  • POWER TURBINES. In conformity with best global practices, we use low-emission Euro-turbines.
  • ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES. Telemechanics and line valve stations information management system is powered by alternative energy sources, including solar panels and wind turbines, which helps reduce indirect GHG emissions.
  • METHANE RECOVERY. Methane is recovered, i.e., recycled by Yamal LNG. Once liquefied, LNG products emit methane vapours (boil-off gas).  A vapor recovery system is used to dispose of boil-off gas, which is recycled and can be re-liquefied or used as fuel gas for in-plant consumption. This technology reduces direct gas combustion and consequently pollutant emissions.
  • SMOKELESS FLARES. Our Ust-Luga facility for stable gas condensate and product fractionation and transhipment has a closed-loop flare system to prevent solids emission from combustion products.

In 2017, NOVATEK developed and adopted a corporate GHG Emission Management System compliant with ISO 14064–1:2007, Russian Government Resolution No. 504-R dated 2 April 2014, and the Guidelines for Calculating GHG Emissions as approved by Order of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment No. 300 dated 30 June 2015. The System is included in the Framework Action Plan for the Year of Ecology in Russia in 2017 as approved by Russian Government Decree No. 1082-r dated 2 June 2016 (para. 192). The System includes a Corporate Standard setting the key principles of, and requirements to, GHG emission management.

The implementation of the system has greatly contributed to global climate change efforts. The Company has identified its GHG emission sources and put all of them, including minor ones, on our radar screen. The prime benefit of the system is high accuracy of data on GHG emissions. Using insights from the data, we are able to identify the most environmentally harmful facilities and minimize their footprint.