Vladimir Rashevsky, SUEK CEO, was awarded the badge "Honorary Worker of Nature Conservation". Sergei Grigoriev, SUEK Deputy CEO, President of the SUEK-REGIONS Fund, and Deputy Chairman of the Public Council under the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation, was awarded the badge "Excellence in Nature Conservation".
"Honorary Worker of Nature Conservation" and " Excellence in Nature Conservation" are insignias of the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation. These awards are given in recognition of significant contributions to environmental conservation and safety, biological diversity, as well as for education and promotion of environmental awareness.
Ensuring environmental safety, minimising environmental production risks and protecting the environment are integral parts of SUEK's sustainable development strategy. The Group is implementing a series of measures for the protection of atmospheric air, such as the degassing of mines and utilisation of coal-bed methane, the protection of water resources with wastewater treatment initiatives, as well as programmes targeting energy efficiency, land reclamation and biodiversity conservation. SUEK's environmental activities have been repeatedly acclaimed. In particular, the it was the recipient of the EraEco award (with the support of the UNIDO and the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ecology of the Russian Federation), the Evolution Awards, the Eco Best Award, and has been a leader in the WWF environmental responsibility rating of mining companies. For the 2017-2018 period, SUEK is allocating approximately RUB 3.5bn (about US$ 61 million) for the implementation of environmental measures.
In 2017, during the Year of Ecology in Russia, SUEK concluded ten agreements with the Ministry of Natural Resources, Rosprirodnadzor, and governments of all regions where it operates, committing to invest over RUB 6bn (about US$ 104 million) in environmental activities over the next several years. According to its 2017 performance, SUEK ranks among the companies that showed the best results for activities implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation during the Year of Ecology.
SUEK is one of the leading coal mining companies in the world, the largest coal producer in Russia, and the largest supplier to the domestic market and exporter. SUEK’s mining, processing, transportation and service facilities are located in eight regions of Russia and employ more than 33,500 people. The main shareholder is Andrey Melnichenko.