RUSAL planted 500 thousand trees in the Irkutsk region as part of the company's climate strategy for absorbing greenhouse gases.
One of the stages of the large-scale environmental project ‘Green Million’ ended with the planting of an alley in the city of Shelekhov in Russia’s Irkutsk region. The event was attended by the Governor Sergey Levchenko, the Chairman of the regional legislative assembly Sergey Sokol, RUSAL’s Vice-President Elena Bezdenezhnykh, the Managing Director of the Irkutsk aluminium smelter Oleg Buts, and members of the IrkAZ workers’ council. In total, the trees have been planted on the area of over 125 hectares.
In March 2019, the Company announced Russia's first voluntary initiative for the greenhouse gas absorption, namely planting 1 million trees as a part of a reforestation project. Two areas of the Company’s presence – the Irkutsk region and Krasnoyarsk krai – were chosen for the implementation of the project, with 500 thousand pine trees to be planted in each of the regions by the end of the year.
In June 2019, during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, RUSAL, the Russian Federal Forestry Agency and the Irkutsk Regional Government signed an agreement on the implementation of the project. The Bokhansky district was chosen as the main reforestation site as it was severely hit by wildfires in 2016.
“Today, the attention to climate change issues has reached an unprecedented height”, said Evgenii Nikitin, RUSAL’s CEO. “RUSAL was one of the first Russian companies to include the carbon footprint reduction objective in its long-term strategy. The ‘Green Million’ project is not only about physical reforestation: it plays an important educational role, promoting and introducing environmental initiatives to everyday life. Only through a comprehensive approach can we achieve real results”.
“The Irkutsk region is a place where the nature’s unique wealth is concentrated. It is a crucial area not only for Russia, but for the whole planet”, said the governor of the Irkutsk region Sergey Levchenko. “Conservation of forests – which occupy most of our region – is something that undoubtedly requires much more than individual projects like this one. The experience of Russia and neighbouring countries shows that responsible attitude and care about the environment and forests should be an integral part of environmental education of people. I am sure that we will be able to develop this approach in all social aspects through collaboration with leaders in implementation of environmental techniques and initiatives”.
RUSAL is one of the global industry leaders in the production of low-carbon aluminium. More than 90% of the Company's metal is produced using environmentally friendly hydropower plants, which eliminates harmful emissions, and the Company is focused on continually improving this statistic. Implementation of the revolutionary carbon-free technology for the production of aluminium using inert anodes, which is a revolutionary project for the aluminium industry, is now at an advanced stage. In 2017, the Company presented its innovative new low-carbon aluminium brand - ALLOW. All metal produced under the ALLOW brand is certified and independently verified as being within the declared carbon footprint level, which is lower than 4t CO2/t Al, while the world average is currently approximately 12t CO2/t Al (including direct and indirect energy emissions from aluminium smelters).
In addition, RUSAL is one of the founding members of the Climate Partnership of Russia and continues to be an active participant. The Climate Partnership of Russia brings together leading Russian companies that are interested in implementing projects focused on fighting the harmful effects of climate change and the development of low-carbon, eco-friendly technologies, as well as reducing the overall anthropogenic impact on our climate system.