UN Environment Executive Director Looks at Russian Copper Company’s Projects

UrBC, Chelyabinsk, December 15, 2017. Russian Copper Company is currently taking part in the International EcoTech 2017 Exhibition; Russia’s Minister for the Environment & Natural Resources Sergey Donskoy and the UN Vice Secretary-General, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme Erik Solheim paid a visit to the company’s stand, their press service reports.

Sergey Donskoy presented the company to Erik Solheim as a large Russian mining and metallurgical holding that places great emphasis on environmental safety of its production facilities and environmental protection.

At this year’s forum, Russian Copper Company is presenting its plan to make up for the Soviet-era environmental damage done to Chelyabinsk Oblast over the years. The company’s Vice President for Environmental and Industrial Safety Natalia Gonchar told the two visiting executives about the company’s initiative to reclaim the damaged lands and do away with the harmful leftover mine facilities in Karabash and to refill Europe’s largest mine Korkinsky in Korkino. She stressed the importance of also upgrading the production facilities and enhancing environmental safety of Russian Copper Company’s active asset Karabashmed in Karabash.

’The company has directed over RUR 18bn to environmental projects at Karabashmed since 2004. Some RUR 2bn will get invested next year as well. The overarching goal is to both boost the plant’s production output and to improve working conditions as well as reduce its environmental impact. Thanks to major reconstruction work, our emissions already dropped by more than twenty times against the year 2000,’ Natalia Gonchar said.

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