The main line of work of the Zapadnaya Group of companies’ environmental departments is an implementation of the system for controlling the quality of natural environment in the area of operations, minimisation of negative impact on atmospheric air, water bodies, soil, flora and fauna. The main objective is an enforcement of requirements of the environmental legislation of the Russian Federation and international standards in the process of exploration and development of gold deposits and mining of precious metal, natural environment managerial improvement, and environmental progress in process engineering.
Environmental management becomes specially challenging in conditions of extreme North and permafrost where the restoration of the natural environment goes in a very slow pace and erosion processes of disturbed lands are especially distractive. Environmental protection measures on the license areas are targeted at improving environmental conditions and minimising technological environmental impact. Nature negative impact reduction is achieved by means of implementation of modern technologies, facilities and equipment allowing limiting an amount of polluting substances dismissed in atmospheric air, decreasing an amount and hazard class of emissions. Process procedures for reuse of nontoxic emissions are developed and implemented in domestic manufacture. Hazardous waste is delivered to specialised organisations for detoxification or further use which also helps to decrease a negative impact on the waste disposal facilities and soil contamination level.