ST PETERSBURG, Russia, Dec. 14, 2017 (Press Release) -On December 12, the V All-Russian Congress of Environmental Protection and the II Exhibition and Forum ECOTECH in Moscow hosted a ceremony to reward the companies that demonstrated the best results in implementing the Year of Ecology initiatives. Ilim Group received an award from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation for a proactive environmental policy during the Year of Ecology.
In accordance with the Agreement on Cooperation in the Year of Ecology signed between the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation, Federal Agency for Supervision of Natural Resource Management, and Irkutsk and Arkhangelsk Oblast Governments, Ilim Group invetsed in environmental initiatives aimed to mitigate the adverse environmental impact. The total amount of the Company's environmental investments in 2016-2017 exceeded $51M. The Company performed a rebuild and an upgrade of its gas treatment units and wastewater treatment systems, as well as implemented a waste reduction project.
Ilim Group is committed to consistently reduce its environmental footprint. In 2017, Ilim’s efforts reduced per unit discharge rates by 20%, gross emissions - by 27%, and overall per unit discharge rates across the Company by 9% vs 2013.