MMK spends 73.8% more on green projects in 2011

16 April 2012 (17:52)

UrBC, Magnitogorsk, Chelyabinsk Region, April 16, 2012. In 2011, Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works (MMK) spent 73.8% more money on environmental projects on the previous year: the figure came to 3.886,7bn RUR, the company reports.

Reducing its harmful impact on the environment is one of MMK’s strategic goals. This is achieved through switching to modern technological processes, launching green facilities based on the best technologies available, and disposing of obsolete machinery. Last year, the company’s gross pollutant emission came to 220,500 tons, with the figure being the same as the year before. However, MMK’s metal goods output rose by 3.9 % against a year earlier, while the carbon intensity figures actually dropped by 4.3% and came to 20.44 kg per ton of goods.

Last year set a record in the amount of recycled slag. Thanks to the recently launched highly productive machinery, 11.6m tons of slag was recycled in 2011, including 2.6m tons of steel smelting slag, over 1.57m tons of furnace slag, and over 7.17m tons of dump slag. These resulted in 1m tons of metal material that was reused in the production process. What is more, over10.5m tons of industrial waste was used for the reclamation of Mount Magnitnaya’s used-up mines and nearly 2.3m was used in the ore mining facility.

MMK’s environmental spending rose by 73.8% on the previous year and reached 3.886,7bn RUR. This includes a 47.4% increase in spending on the construction of environmental facilities (this came to 2.023,6bn RUR). Most of this money was directed to building green facilities for the new cold-roll Mill 2000.

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