BALAKHNA, Russia, June 24, 2016 (Press Release) -Volga’s General Director Dmitry A. Donchenko favours the joint initiative of Segezha Group and WWF Russia to introduce the environmental responsibility rating for Russia’s forest industry companies in order to raise their transparency and environmental and social responsibility.
“The initiative by Segezha Group and WWF Russia aims to help preserve and increase our forests, while also to reduce the environmental burden,” says Dmitry Donchenko. “These goals coincide with our own. We at Volga are fully aware of the importance to maintain the ecological balance in our region and therefore make environmental protection an integral part of our daily operations.”
According to data from the Russian Federal State Statistics Service for March 2016 (published in Parlamentskaya Gazeta [Parliamentary Newspaper], issue 15, April 22-28, 2016), the town of Balakhna in Nizhny Novgorod region — where Volga Paper Mill is located — comes third on the list of Russia’s most environmentally clean industrial towns with population of 50-100 thousand. Commenting on the data, Donchenko said: “In my opinion, it is a pretty good indicator, achieved also through our consistent work to reduce the environmental impact and improve the efficiency of waste handling at out bark–fired boiler. I believe that all companies in the forest sector while addressing the objective to develop the national industry should always adhere to the principles of environmental responsibility.”