Nornickel to help organize air quality control in Russia

Nornickel to help organize air quality control in Russia

October 22, 2021

The system will monitor emissions and the state of the atmosphere.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Nornickel company is participating in a pilot project to introduce in Russia an atmospheric air automatic control system. Such online control is provided by the national project Ecology and in the future will operate throughout the country.

An agreement was concluded between Nornickel and the Russian Ecological Operator – a public not-for-profit company to form an integrated system for the management of municipal solid waste.

Within the framework of the project, it is planned to identify various types of emission sources and a list of specific substances, install and test equipment, and develop protocols for the information transfer. All this will make it possible to solve the problem of the Ecology national project – that is to equip each source of emissions from enterprises with metering devices, which will transmit online readings to government agencies.

Today the atmospheric air state data formation occurs in manual mode. The task is to create a unified system that will automatically record emissions, eliminating the human factor. For this purpose, specialized sensors will be installed at industrial sites and urban air quality monitoring stations. The experiment to create a pollutant emission accounting system will begin in 2022, and its results will form the basis of an integrated environmental system across the country.

“Nornickel is interested in the development of the air monitoring system both in the cities where the company’s enterprises are located and in Russia as a whole. Today, it is difficult to implement such a project all over the country at once due to the insufficient elaboration of the regulatory framework, the lack of uniform methods and standards. Our monitoring system, which allows anyone to assess the air quality near Nornickel’s facilities, is in a high degree of readiness. And we are ready to provide our solutions for the experiment, the fruits of which will later be used by the whole country”, Nornickel’s head Vladimir Potanin commented on the start of the pilot project.

Earlier, we told that the company will spend 5.5 million dollars on environmental projects by 2030.

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Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko

October 22, 2021

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