Environment protection

The number of facilities with an adverse impact on environment.

OAO IDGC of Urals has 181 facilities with an adverse impact on environment, incl. 120 III category facilities and 61 IV category facilities. The branch distribution of such facilities is as follows:

  • Permenergo: 82 facilities, incl. 39 III category facilities, 43 IV category facilities.
  • Sverdlovenergo: 58 facilities, incl. 43 III category facilities, 15 IV category facilities.
  • Chelyabenergo: 41 facilities, incl.38 III category facilities, 3 IV category facilities.

Compliance with environmental laws (execution of environmental permission documentation).

As of 31.12.2017 OAO IDGC of Urals has filed 2 Sverdlovenergo’s MPE drafts with the watchdogs for approval, other permission documentation has been obtained. In 2017 we generated MPE drafts for 5 Permenergo’s production departments (18 industrial sites). Permenergo branch has also developed 2 sanitary protection zone drafts, Sverdlovenergo branch has prepared 5 SPZ drafts, now being approved by the watchdogs. The Company has filed technical reports on permanency of production process, material used and waste disposal that served as a basis for prolongation of waste disposal limits.

Progress in environmental action
Air protection activities

Motor vehicles (motor vehicle storage shed, open air or indoor car parks) are the primary air contamination source. Stationary sources (such as: machine tool use area, welding stations, workshops) have a minor negative impact on the environment.

The Company conducted laboratory and instrumental surveys in line with the MPE oversight action plan at its production sites and prepared survey protocols. The surveys of air quality showed that ultimate surface concentration of all contaminating substances at the nearest residential zone is within MAC limits. As the Company’s air pollution contribution at the boundaries of sanitary protection zones and residential area is within MAC limits, no additional activities related to reduction of pollutant emissions are required. The Company has no dust and gas collectors. Our production sites produce no noise over the limits, therefore, no noise screens are required.

A 1.5% reduction of Company’s gross emissions of contaminants into the air in 2017, as compared to 2016, is affected by inspections of contaminant emissions and emission sources and new emission permissions.

Protection and sustainable use of water resources

All facilities are furnished with water meters that undergo regular calibration tests. Contracts on water supply and disposal are timely concluded, administrative procedures are conducted, performance discipline gets better, energy resources are saved. The Company carried out laboratory surveys of groundwater quality, Compliance with license agreements is also strictly monitored.

Permenergo extracts groundwater at the wells under the extraction license:

  • PEM 81099 VE – water well No.3, drinking and production needs of Nyrob substation. License expires on 16.03.2020.

Sverdlovenergo extracts groundwater at the wells under the extraction licenses:

  • SVE 02724 VE – water wells No.8493, 8487, production needs of Talitsa Electric Grids PD. License expires on 31.05.2028.
  • SVE 02697 VE – water well used for fire prevention at “Yuzhnaya” substation (Western Electric Grids PD). License expires on 31.12.2027.
  • SVE 02698 VE – water well No.1, production needs of Krasnoufimsk DZ (Western Electric Grids PD). License expires on 31.12.2027.
  • SVE 02695 VE – water well No.2513, production needs of Arti DZ. License expires on 31.03.2034.
  • SVE 02679 VE - water well No.3, production needs of “Belorechka” substation. License expires on 28.02.2034.
  • SVE № 07836 VE – water well No.17333, production needs of Verkhnyaya Salda DZ. License expires on 15.12.2042.

Chelyabenergo extracts groundwater at the wells under the extraction licenses:

  • CHEL 01993 VE - water well No.14208 production needs of Dolgoderevensky unit (Sosnovsky DZ of Central Electric Grids PD). License expires on 01 October 2036.
  • CHEL 01992 VE - water well No.515-yu production needs of Klenovka unit (Emanzhelinsk DZ of Central Electric Grids PD). License expires on 01 October 2036.

A 6% reduction of water supply and disposal in 2017, as compared to 2016, is due to installation of water meters, enhanced water saving discipline and placement of energy efficiency memos on stands.

Waste disposal

OAO IDGC of Urals has a license for collection, transportation, processing, utilization, deactivation, dumping of hazard Class I-IV waste (066 No.00565 dated as of 12.01.2017 in terms of transportation of hazard Class I-IV waste). Wastes from the Company’s operations are stored at specially equipped waste accumulation locations (containers, reservoirs, sites located on impervious surface), easily accessible for lifting devices and motor vehicles. Temporary waste accumulation sites are marked and located in line with Wastes Generation and Disposal Limits Book. Memos on temporary waste accumulation sites and their marking are placed on stands.

Class I wastes (mercury-vapor lamps) are stored in sealed labeled metal containers on firm ground. Class III wastes (oily rags, greasy waste, waste batteries) are stored in sealed labeled metal containers on firm ground. Used petroleum products (oils) are stored in labeled sealed tanks, located on impervious surface in perimeter-wise basins or in undertanks to exclude soil and storm sewer pollution. Class IV-V wastes (tires, tire inner tubes, ferrous steel scrap, stubs, metal chips) are stored at labeled waste accumulation locations or metal containers on firm ground.

Wastes are timely handled for utilization, decontamination, allocation under relevant contracts to prevent excess waste accumulation on production sites. Soil near waste accumulation locations undergoes in-process inspections. As a part of production environmental control, the Company also conducts a visual checking of waste accumulation sites.

In 2017 we arranged locations for temporary waste accumulation, purchased containers, canvas covers to protect wastes from precipitation, absorbent to liquidate possible oil product splashes, demercurization sets:

  • Permenergo: acquisition of 3 special transportation containers for mercury-vapor lamps, 12 boxes for oily rags (for 2 locations), 4 SMW containers (for SMW sites).
  • Sverdlovenergo: arrangement of 2 storage sites for ferrous and non-ferrous steel scrap, 3 storage sites for Class III wastes, 1 accumulation site for waste insulators. Acquisition of 6 containers for mercury-vapor lamps, 5 SMW containers (for SMW sites), 6 canvas covers to protect wastes from precipitation, 1,342 kg absorbent to liquidate possible oil product splashes, 4 demercurization sets.
  • Chelyabenergo: arrangement of 8 storage sites for ferrous steel scrap and 8 storage sites for non-ferrous steel scrap, 29 reserve transformers. Acquisition of 29 boxes for oily sand (oily rags), 24 SMW containers, 24 containers for mercuric wastes, 9 trash cans, 21 demercurization sets.

Waste generation volume (all hazard classes) decreased 0.8% YoY. In terms of hazard classes, volume decreased due to reduced generation of hazard Class III waste (transformer oil, ferrous and non-ferrous metal, PCD capacitors). Volume increased due to wide-sweeping replacement of waste car batteries that were transported by a specialized firm for utilization.

Conservation of biodiversity and land

During 2017 the Company performed activities to protect and foster reproduction of animal and vegetal life. We installed 1,568 bird protection devices, constructed/reconstructed 1.396 thousand km of aerial power lines (usage of self-supporting insulated wires), replaced 97 oil-filled switches for vacuum and gas-insulated switches, replaced 102 oil-filled entrance bushings for solid insulation bushings, repaired (refurbished) 7 oil emergency drain systems and transformer oil receivers.

During 2017 we collaborated with the Ministry of Ecology of the Chelyabinsk region and regional state institution “Special Protection National Territory of the Chelyabinsk region” to inspect power lines bordering state natural biological reserves. Chelyabenergo branch has installed 1,554 bird protection devices on 518 poles of 6-110 kV power lines with total length amounting to 39 km, incl. 1,020 devices in the Donguzlovsky state natural biological reserve (faunal area for protection of acquatic and semiacquatic birds). Sverdlovenergo branch has installed 14 bird protection devices. Chelyabenergo and Sverdlovenergo also performed compensational activities to conserve, protect and reproduce forests. The core aim of the activities is to foster an attitude of care towards forests, recovery and reproduction of forest heritage.

Technical arrangements:

execution of obligations arising from the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants in terms of decommissioning of PCB-bearing equipment;

As for decommissioning of PCB-bearing equipment, the decree[98] has approved decommissioning of 110 kV static capacitor bank of Cheremukhovo substation (Sverdlovenergo branch). Utilization of the static capacitor bank is scheduled for 2019-20. Replacement of the static capacitor bank of Mikhailovskaya substation (Sverdlovenergo) is included into the investment program (activity title “Refurbishment of 110/6 kV Mikhailovskaya substation. Replacement of the static capacitor bank (110/35/6 kV Mikhailovskaya substation)”) and filed with PAO Rosseti for examination and forwarding to the Russian Ministry of Energy for approval with duration ending 2022 (design and survey in 2021, assemblage in 2022). The decree[99] has approved decommissioning of the static capacitor bank on 110 kV Ufaley substation on 02.04.2018 (Chelyabenergo). Utilization is slated for 2019-2021.

implementation of perspective technologies and solutions focusing on sound use of natural resources and reduction of adverse impacts on environment during operations.

In 2017 Chelyabenergo branch implemented an improving proposal regarding the use of a detergent to wash away oil product traces from asphalt, concrete and metal works. Advantages/ assumed outcome:

  • Easу and improved cleanup of equipment, tanks, walls, concrete and asphalt surfaces from large or old petroleum oil stains.
  • Absence of slippery oil film on the surface creates safe working conditions. Antistatic and degreasing properties.
  • Russia-made detergent was deemed the most effective with a “low cost per liter” advantage.
  • It can be used for degreasing prior to coating.
  • It can be applied manually (pulverizer, brushes) or machine washing (high-pressure cleaner).

Polluter-pay charges

Air emissions charge dropped mainly due to adopted MPE drafts for 3 Permenergo production departments in December 2016 and received emission permits in January-February 2017. Emission fees also decreased due to deductions in 2017 impacted by overpays in 2016. Reduced fees for production and consumer waste were impacted by 2 adopted waste generation and disposal limits books and received limits by Sverdlovenergo branch. Waste disposal fee in 2017 also decreased under Article 9 of the Federal law[100]. There were no pollution charges for SMW disposal in 2017.

Pollution charges, RUB thousand 2016 2017
Air emissions charge 30.265 3.76
Allowable level 26.9 0.573
Above the allowable level 3.365 3.187
Water emissions charge 0 0
Allowable level 0 0
Above the allowable level 0 0
Waste dumping 2,155.283 1,527.895
Allowable level 876.189 574.838
Above the allowable level 1,279.094 953.057
Total: 2,185.548 1,531.655
Allowable level 903.089 575.411
Above the allowable level 1,282.459 956.244
TOTAL: 2,185.548 1,531.655

During 2017 the Company completed arrangement of sites for temporary storage of wastes, acquired waste containers, demercurization sets and canvas cover, and installed bird protection devices. Generated production and consumer wastes are utilized by utilization firms. PCB-bearing capacitors were utilized. In 2017 the Company conducted laboratory and instrumental surveys in line with the MPE oversight action plan at its production sites. Increase of cost related to waste handling, compared to 2016 was affected by arrangement of sites for temporary storage of wastes, acquisition of containers, covers, demercurization sets. Development of MPE drafts by Permenergo increased costs on air protection activities. Rational water supply and disposal decreased costs on water conservation.

Environmental costs, RUB thousand 2016 2017
TOTAL 15,079.85 15,575.39
Water conservation 2,827.45 2,465.49
Air protection 3,344.28 4,068.58
Conservation of land (incl. production wastes handling) 8,908.12 9,041.31
Implementation and functioning of the EMS 381

Environmental performance

No. Environmental performance MU Report
2016 2017
1 Total output 62,707,696 62,158,671
Net supply Thousand kWh 62,707,696 62,158,671
Generation of thermal power GCal
2 Gross emission of contaminants, total tons 41.261 40.636
solid tons 8.718 8.398
Solid fuel ash tons
Fluids and liquids tons 32.526 32.236
Sulphur dioxide tons 0.313 0.329
Carbon monoxide tons 11.909 16.585
Nitrogen oxides (equivalent to NO2) tons 5.368 2.124
hydrocarbons (net of volatile organic compounds) tons 0.018 0.01908
volatile organic compounds tons 13.4 13.193
other tons 0 0.003
3 Harmful substances absorbed and neutralized, total tons
solid tons 0.008 0.008
Solid fuel ash tons -
Fluids and liquids tons -
Sulphur dioxide tons -
Carbon monoxide tons -
Nitrogen oxides (equivalent to NO2) tons -
hydrocarbons (net of volatile organic compounds) tons -
volatile organic compounds tons -
benzapyrene tons -
4 Water extraction and drawing, total Thous.m3 118.961 111.808
Surface water Thous.m3
Underground sources (wells) Thous.m3 4.512 3,927
Centralized source (water system) Thous.m3 114.449 107.881
Other sources Thous.m3
5 Water used, total Thous.m3 118.961 111.808
Incl. for needs: Thous.m3
drinking Thous.m3 117.539 111.227
production Thous.m3 1.422 0.581
other Thous.m3
6 Surface water disposal, total Thous.m3
Greased (no cleanup) Thous.m3 -
Greased (poor cleanup) Thous.m3 -
Partially clean (no cleanup) Thous.m3 -
Partially clean: Thous.m3 -
Biological cleanup Thous.m3 -
Physical and chemical treatment Thous.m3 -
Mechanical cleaning Thous.m3 -
7 Water disposal to centralized networks, total Thous.m3 118.961 111.808
Water disposal to centralized networks Thous.m3 118.961 111.808
8 Volume of circulating water Thous.m3
9 Repeatedly used water Thous.m3
10 Wastes presence
At the beginning of the year tons 130.888 38.8055
At the year-end tons 38.8055 19.148
11 Wastes generated, total tons 4,148.961 4,119.143
Hazard Class I tons 11.851 4.613
Hazard Class II tons 5.685 11.899
Hazard Class III tons 201.053 189.043
Hazard Class IV tons 1,455.178 1,354.127
Hazard Class V tons 2,475.194 2,559.461
12 Wastes used, total tons
13 Wastes neutralized on site, total tons
14 Wastes transferred to outside companies, total tons 4,241.0435 4,138.82
incl: tons
allocation 3,075.602 3,062.67
neutralization 35.991
utilization 1,040.16
15 Volume of disturbed land 70.95 -
At the beginning of the year ha -
At the year-end ha -
16 Volume of remediated land, per year ha -
17 Launch of equipment collecting and neutralization of harmful substances from outlet gas Thous.m3/hour -
RUB thousand -
18 Launch of equipment for sewage water treatment Thous.m3/hour - -
RUB thousand - -
19 Launch of equipment for recycling water supply Thous.m3/hour - -
RUB thousand - -
20 Launch of equipment for neutralization and utilization of wastes tons/year - -
RUB thousand - -
21 Forfeits for violations of environmental and sanitary and epidemiological laws RUB thousand - -
Full report or any of its chapters can be downloaded as pdf files on this page.
1About company
1.1Mission and strategic goals
1.2Market share
1.3Management systems
1.4Key 2017 events
2Board of directors’ progress report
2.1Letter to stockholders
2.2Production capital formation
2.2.1Network exploitation
2.2.2Electricity transmission
2.2.3Technological connection
2.2.4Development of telecommunications and IT systems
2.2.7Efficacy enhancement
2.3Financial capital formation
2.3.1Description of tariff policy
2.3.2Analysis of revenues and expenses
2.3.3Analysis of receivables and payables
2.3.4Credit ratings and bonds
3Corporate governance
3.1Corporate governance practices
3.2Corporate governance system
3.2.1General meeting of stockholders
3.2.2Board of Directors
3.2.3Board of directors’ committees
3.2.4General director and executive board
3.2.5Remuneration and compensation policy
3.3Oversight system
3.3.1Board of internal auditors
3.3.2Independent auditor
3.3.3Internal control
3.3.4Security and anti-corruption
3.3.5Risk management
3.4Investor and stockholder relations
3.4.1Shareholder capital structure
3.4.2 Shareholder rights
3.4.3The company and stock market
3.4.4Communications with market participants
3.4.6Allocation of profit
3.4.7Contact information
4.1Human resources management
4.2Customer support
4.3Supplier relationship management
4.4Public and goverment relations
4.5Company’s transactions
4.6Subsidiaries and financial investments
4.7Environment protection
5.1Prepared under Russian accounting standards
5.2Prepared under international financial reporting standards
5.3Corporate governance code compliance report
5.5Abbreviations and acronyms