ROSATOM and its organisations implement a responsible environmental policy whose strategic goal is to ensure environment-focused development of the nuclear industry, taking into account nuclear and radiation safety. Since 2008, the Basics of Environmental Policy of ROSATOM and its Organisations (Environmental Policy) has been the main regulatory document in the field of environmental safety and environmental protection.
The system of environmental protection management and the implementation of the environmental policy of ROSATOM has continuously been improved. In the reporting year, one of the key events was the updating of the Environmental Policy in accordance with the approved Basics of the State Environmental Development Policy of the Russian Federation until 2030 and due to the necessity of improving the environmental safety of nuclear facilities. The environmental policies of nuclear sector organisations will be updated, taking into account the introduced changes.
Fig. Implementation of ROSATOM’s environmental policy
The systemic solution of environmental problems inherited from the past operations of enterprises under nuclear programmes and ensuring the safety of the environment and the population during ongoing activities is an important aspect of the Corporation’s activities.
In 2013, the nuclear industry’s organisations operated sustainably; there were no accidents and incidents which negatively affected the environment. Compared to the preceding year, the man-made burden on the environment decreased. Production activities were carried out with unconditional observance of the standards and regulations of the environmental law.
Information on environmental safety and protection by ROSATOM and its organisations is also provided in the sectoral Environmental Report.
Introduction of international standards of environmental management and quality management
In 2013, work in the framework of environmental and quality management continued. The key organisations have introduced international standards which provide for the transition to the integrated management system.
JSC Rosenergoatom Concern
JSC Rosenergoatom Concern developed programmatic measures in key activity areas, including environmental protection, and corporate standards which reflect near-term goals and are in line with Rosenergoatom’s concept of environmental management system (EMS) improvement.
In 2013, compliance and/or re-certification audits of certified EMSs were carried out in Rosenergoatom’s headquarters and operating NPPs. The compliance and/or re-certification audits were carried out by highly competent specialists accredited on both national and international levels. In the course of the certification, the auditors noted a high level of work done to build up and develop EMS of JSC Rosenergoatom Concern and each of the operating NPPs.
JSC TVEL has developed and implemented an Integrated Management System (IMS) covering quality, environment, health protection and labour safety. In 2013, the work was completed to include all of the fuel company’s enterprises in the IMS. The corporate IMS passed an expanded certification audit and was granted a Certificate of Conformance for the management system for satisfying the requirements of standards ISO 9001:2008, ISO14001:2004 and BS OHSAS 18001:2007.
With the introduction of international standards in 2013, JSC Khiagda signed an agreement with the Urals Interregional Certification Centre to render consultancy services in relation to the development, introduction and preparation of a management system for certification for conformance to the requirements of international certificates ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004. The work under this agreement moves into 2014. In the reporting year, an exploratory audit of the conformance to the requirements of the standards was carried out and the documents that met the requirements of the international standards were put in force; employees received relevant training. In future, it is planned to train internal auditors of JSC Khiagda and carry out subsequent internal audits. Also, it is planned to complete development of all necessary documentation for certification and carry out such certification of the enterprise.
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