- Contribution to post-acquisition restructuring needs of an existing operation. This project involving the only strategic investor currently present in the Russian glass container sector will bring the right levels of skills, training and manufacturing know-how to a company where these factors are urgently and demonstrably required given previous financial and operational difficulties at OAO Pokrovsky PSZ.
- Introducing greater competition and innovation. With Phase 2 of the project Anadolu Cam intends to introduce lightweight bottle technology to the Company. It is expected this will be the catalyst for similar investment and innovation by other glass container producers in the NW Russia region.
- Contribution to market expansion. Through the interaction with other parts of the food chain, the project will assist the company to provide the Russian food and beverage processing industry with greater choice of and better quality food packaging on a consistent and stable basis.
The project was classified by the EBRD as a B/1 project requiring an environmental audit of the current facilities and an environmental analysis of potential impacts associated with the planned expansion in capacity.
Pokrovsky commissioned an independent environmental consultancy to conduct the environmental audit and analysis of its facilities to obtain an independent assessment of compliance with national and applicable EU environment, health and safety (“EHS”) standards, the specific environmental risks associated with past and current operations and to get recommendations for the improvement of EHS management. The recommendations for improvements have been formalised in a costed environmental action plan (“EAP”).
A facility of this nature may be associated with a number of environmental issues which create environmental risks. These include air emissions from both the forming of the glass and from furnaces, storage and use of hazardous chemicals, use of water in the process and subsequent discharge of waste waters. The audit of the facility concluded that there were no significant environment, health and safety risks or non-compliances likely to impact the operation of the facility. Environmental issues are sufficiently managed to minimise such risks to, and impacts on, both the environment and staff. A number of major issues have already been solved by the Company, including, for example, a switch from oil to gas fired boilers which has resulted in a 4 times decrease in air emissions. There are, however, a number of issues which still need to be addressed including improvements in house-keeping, repair of waste water treatment facilities to better deal with suspended solids, and better management of certain non-hazardous solid wastes. Pokrovsky had already developed an EAP covering the years 2004 - 2008. This was reviewed and modified by the independent environmental consultants to ensure compliance not only with national environmental standards but also good international practice.
The improvement of the environmental performance of the Company is a key aspect of the Company’s environmental management system and the EAP includes the development of a programme to reduce fresh water use and energy consumption and further minimise waste production.
The EAP covers air emissions, waste water treatment, solid waste management, house keeping and general environmental management. Actions include the installation of a number of filtering devices to reduce air emissions, reconstruction of the mechanical aspect of the waste water treatment system, reconstruction of the water intake from the local river, implementation of a waste minimisation plan and more efficient removal of solid wastes from the site and improvements to the overall management of environment, health and safety issues.
Pokrovsky is required to carry out its actions in accordance with national requirements for public disclosure and consultation. Additionally, as a Category B project, Pokrovsky is requested by the EBRD to release locally a summary of relevant environmental issues associated with the project and summarise the mitigation measures, action plans and other initiatives agreed. This annex was translated into the local language and released locally in accordance with those requirements.
Pokrovsky will continue to monitor the environmental impact of its operations in accordance with Russia law. It will also provide the EBRD with an annual environmental report covering, among other things, progress on implementation of the agreed EAP.
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