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ECO Policy at Druzhba. How Transneft Environmental Policy Works

Date of publication: 25 August 2021

In any office of Transneft Druzhba you can see posters reading “The Transneft Integrated Policy in Occupational Safety, Energy Efficiency, Industrial and Environmental Safety” prominently displayed as they are the company's golden rules, so to say. And at the top of the list, among the highest and lasting priorities, is environmental conservation, along with occupational health and safety.

Big Company Means Bigger Responsibility

Sustainability in industrial processes is the norm for Transneft and its subsidiaries. It is as natural as the air, which is regularly sampled and tested at industrial facilities and in their impact areas. The same is for soil, natural water and wastewater samples. During the first half-year 27,500 eco-tests were conducted as part of industrial environmental and analytical monitoring. Of this amount, over 16,000 tests were carried out by Druzhba’s own labs in Bryansk, Tambov and Samara Regions. Their results proved that Transneft Druzhba consistently and efficiently follows all eco rules. The company's successfully implemented environmental management system, which complies with ISO 14001:2015, also contributes to this.

Despite the white-blue-red corporate colours, it is safe to say that Transneft is adamantly true to “green” processes.

Restoring the Balance

An unusual transport is arriving at the bank of the Desna River near Suponevo Settlement: sterlet juveniles grown in a fish farm at the commission of Transneft Druzhba are on their way to Bryansk. Specialised vehicles are equipped with thermal containers to maintain a stable temperature inside and a system of forced aeration of the water so that the juveniles would not suffer from the lack of oxygen and successfully endure the transportation.

One important environmental principle is making up for what you take. Transneft has implemented an ambitious programme targeting biodiversity conservation in the territories of the Company’s operation. Reproduction of aquatic bio resources is essential in the operation of Transneft subsidiaries. Fish species and release locations are determined by specialists from the Nationwide Research Institute of Freshwater Fisheries, considering the factors ensuring a high survival rate of fish juveniles, and just before their release into the natural habitat the vitality of young species is confirmed by a commission comprised of representatives of the Federal Agency for Fishery.

This summer, more than 4,000 sterlet juveniles have been released into the waters of Desna. Such activities are typical for all regions where the company operates: during the year, Transneft Druzhba will release more than 709,000 sterlet, silver carp, wild carp and Russian sturgeon juveniles into the water bodies of Bryansk, Tambov and Samara Regions.

Taking Care of All the Creatures

Who hasn't heard the "Bryansk wolf" phrase?! The wolf is the symbol of the impenetrable Bryansk forests and the sometimes stern temper of local people. The European wolf also inhabits the national Bryansk Forest nature reserve. Transneft Druzhba joined hands with the conservation organisation to publish a brochure about this predator’s specifics.

More than 27,500 eco tests were carried out at operating facilities and in their impact areas during the first half of the year.

Another joint publication of oil pipeliners and ecologists is dedicated to the bison. Europe's largest land mammal is in danger of extinction, and the programme of restoring its population in the wild of Bryansk forest reserve has been underway for years. There are now 114 bison species in the Bryansk area. During the cold season, inspectors normally feed the animals in the wildlife sanctuary, but this year, the winter was too long, and they ran out of grain; then Transneft Druzhba lent a helping hand. With the Company's support, the reserve has also acquired seven modern photo traps which are zoologists working tools. The first images were those of marmots, whose colony is being monitored by the Bryansk Forest scientists outside the protected area in the Karachev area of Bryansk Region: without the camera traps, this study would be simply impossible.

Environmentally Friendly Oil Pipelines

Within the Year of Science and Technology which has been decreed by the Russian President, Transneft curates the month of August called Climate and Ecology. This is a clear recognition of the effective environmental policies pursued by the Company and its subsidiaries in keeping the important balance of technology and environment protection in all regions where its trunk pipelines are laid.

Treatment plants and tank farms are upgraded on a regular basis, while oil and petroleum product storage tanks are outfitted with emission reduction equipment. The aquatic environment of the Black Sea, as well as the ports of Kozmino and Nakhodka is monitored with the help of hydrobionts. Transneft ecologists replant red-listed flora species from the areas where pipeline construction and revamping works are under way to more favourable habitats. Protective devices are installed on poles along power transmission corridors to heighten the safety of birds. Hundreds of employees are involved in the landscaping of boroughs and cleaning the nature conservation areas. Despite the white-blue-red corporate colours, it is safe to say that Transneft is adamantly true to “green” processes.

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