On October 18, 2019 General Counsel of Germany in St.Petersburg, Dr.Eltje Aderhold made an official visit to Arkhangelsk PPM JSC. According to Dr.Aderhold, she has heard a lot about the mill, the investment policy of APPM, the main part of which is the long-term conservation strategy.
The contribution of Arkhangelsk PPM into Dvinsko-Pinezhskiy Nature Reserve was the key question of the meeting. Dr. Aderhold highly estimated the actions of APPM in respect of conservation of unique nature area. “I was glad to hear that the Dvinsko-Pinezhskiy Nature Reserve was established in Pomorie in the beginning of October. Yesterday and today I have repeatedly talked about how complicated the process of coordinating the borders of the Reserve, which lasted 18 years, was. It’s good to know that such environmental organizations as WWF, the Forest Stewardship Council, and representatives of business, government, and, of course, residents of the areas participated in the discussion”- said Dr. Eltje Aderhold. “I was assured that this is the first step, and that the practice of establishing the reserves will be extended to other territories.”
Arkhangelsk PPM and Germany have long-standing partnerships. According to Dmitriy Zyliov, CEO of the mill, Germany is and will be a strategic partner for APPM. This applies both to the import of equipment (investments in its purchasing amounted to more than 1 mln EUR), and the export of the mill's products. “In 2019, the volume of our export operations amounted to 8.5 mln EUR, in 2020 we are going to increase it to 15 mln EUR,” explained Dmitriy Zyliov.
Dmitriy Zyliov, CEO of APPM, has conducted an excursion for General Counsel to the production facilities of the mill, the re-equipment of which has already been implemented or is being implemented. In the addition to above, the visited facilities were those who significantly improved or improve the region’s ecological climate: the new multi-fuel high-pressure boiler No. 8 at TPP-1 with the installation of decanters at the Biological Treatment Plant, the new semi-chemical pulp cooking plant and the new evaporation station construction site.
The CEO of APPM told the General Counsel that the mill’s costs for the implementation of the Environmental Action Plan, including those aimed at implementation of the Best Available Technologies (BAT) over the past 10 years (2009 - 2018) amounted to more than 11 bln RUB.
The result of the implementation of this plan was a 14.5% reduction in water intake from a water body, a 21% reduction in pollutant discharges, and a 29% reduction in atmospheric emissions. Landfill at waste disposal facilities decreased by 2 times.
The GHG emissions (direct and indirect energy) for 2018 (including all subsidiaries and branches) amounted to a total of 1.8 mln tons of CO2-eq., which is 1.3 mln tons of CO2-eq., or 41,8%, less than in 1990.
A reduction in the environmental load was achieved with a simultaneous increase in production capacities.
Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Mill JSC has approved a climate strategy for low-carbon development for the period up to 2030, which provides for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 55% compared to 1990. The priority project to achieve this goal is to run the plant's facilities on natural gas (instead of coal and fuel oil).
“I am very impressed that your company uses modern technologies for re-equipment and tries to use and implements the best global environmental practices,”- said Dr. Eltje Aderhold. - This is extremely important not only for the buyers of your products, but, first of all, for the people who live in this area.