About 25,000 tree seedlings will be planted by SUEK in the Krasnoyarsk Region in 2017. The saplings will be planted in areas previously mined for coal, in accordance with the environmental reclamation plan aimed at restoring the biotic function and productivity of local ecosystems.
The reclamation process is comprised of several stages, starting with the restoration of the terrain and the fertile ground base, followed by the planting of pine, cedar, and sea buckthorn seedlings. SUEK actively collaborated with scientists from the Omsk State Agrarian University (FSUE UE of Omsk State University), which developed a special project for coal mines, to implement optimal reclamation techniques adapted to each area.
Over the past 5 years, over 220 hectares of land have been restored in the Krasnoyarsk Region.
Land reclamation is part of SUEK’s comprehensive programme to reduce the environmental impact of coal mining. It also includes measures to reduce harmful atmospheric emissions, to promote a balanced approached to utilisation and purification of effluent, to safely recycle industrial waste, as well as upgrades and energy saving programmes, and environmental training session for employees and their families. Specifically in the Krasnoyarsk Region, SUEK has been reconstructing treatment facilities using efficient and best available technology (BAT) for the treatment and disposal of both mining and sewage effluent, equipping boiler plants with modern cyclone furnaces and dust collectors, as well as continuously monitoring water bodies and the environment along the perimeter of the sanitary protection zones around coal mines.
SUEK will invest more than US$ 4.3m in environmental programmes in the Krasnoyarsk Region in 2017. This includes more than US$ 1.9m in the implementation of activities dedicated to the Year of Ecology, as part of a framework agreement between SUEK, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources and the Government of the Krasnoyarsk Region. Compared to 2016, investments in environmental activities are set to increase by 40%.