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Environmental Protection

In the field of environment protection, SC “Achema” gradually follows international conventions and agreements, the requirements of the EU and national environmental legislation. In its everyday practices, the company seeks for the effective use of natural resources, reduction of the impact of production on people and environment, installation of modern, effective and safe production technologies, reduction of pollution, installation of environmentally-friendly technologies, and grounding of the production of fertilizers and chemical products on the principles of sustainable development.

“Clean environment is essential for us and for future generations” is a principal statement of company’s environmental policy.

The main fields of environment protection policy of SC “Achema” are as follow:

-   to prevent environmental pollution;

-   to carry out systematic monitoring of pollution, emissions of greenhouse gases and their impact on the environment;

-    efficient and rational use of natural and energy resources;

-   to participate in the preparation of legal and other requirements applicable to the environmental activities of the company and to ensure their implementation;

-   to properly monitor and continuously improve the efficiency of the environmental management system (EMS);

-    to ensure the implementation of the environmental program;

-   to develop an appropriate attitude of employees and company partners towards environmental protection with a view to their understanding and cooperation.

 

Environmental Management

SC “Achema” is constantly monitoring and evaluating its activities that may have environmental effects. Each year, the environmental programme stipulating the environmental means for the reduction of environmental effects is approved and performed and the funds for its realization are allocated.

Environmental management system meeting the requirements of ISO14001 standard was implemented in the company in 2000. Internal and external audits of Environmental Management System (EMS) are conducted at specified intervals. In 2015, international company “DEKRA Certification” conducted external audit of environmental management system and the validity of ISO14001 certificate was extended until 2018.

The company has implemented Fertilizers Europe’s Product Stewardship Program to ensure the supervision of the production of fertilizers during all stages of production and liability for production on health, security, and environmental aspects throughout the entire lifecycle – from raw-materials to effective use.

Prevention

SC “Achema” is constantly monitoring and evaluating its activities that may have environmental effects. Reliability and control of organic situation of SC “Achema”, a company producing chemical products, are the most important company’s priorities in the field of environmental protection. One of the main goals of the company's activities is the improvement of the state of the environment, the management of waste generated in the production process, and the application of pollution prevention measures in order to reduce the company's environmental impact.

Each year, the environmental programme stipulating the environmental means for the reduction of environmental effects is approved and performed and the funds for its realization are allocated.

Monitoring of the Environmental Quality

SC “Achema” implements environmental monitoring programme. The monitoring of the impact on the ambient air, controlling concentrations of ammonia, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide outside the company's territory, determines the impact of the discharge of pollutants discharged with surface water into the Neris river on the river water. Controlled from stationary sources of pollution into the air is discharged with discharges into the Neris river and wastewater treatment plants at UAB „Jonavos vandenys“.

The main emissions from SC "Achema" to ambient air in 2016

In 2016, 2418 tons of pollutants were released into the environment, i.e. 267 tons (9.95 %) of pollutants are less than in 2015. The decrease in air pollution is associated with a decrease in production. In 2016 compared to 2015 the production output was ~ 11.6 % less.

Participation in Public Initiatives

Since the company’s activity is closely related to water protection and quality, AB “Achema” is actively participating in educational project “Be Responsible – Protect the Baltic Sea”. Pursuant to this project, the Lithuanian farmers are trained on reliable and responsible use of fertilizers, are familiarized with the problems of protection of the Baltic Sea, other objects that are useful in ensuring the sustainability. The project “Be responsible – Protect the Baltic Sea” is implemented by supporting the individual initiatives of companies and citizens of the Baltic Sea Action Summit that took place in Helsinki on 10 February 2010 (159 initiatives are currently realized in all countries of the Baltic Region and their number is constantly increasing).

The Company organizes constant meetings with elderships and the community. The information on the environmental monitoring data is provided during these meeting and they are attended by company’s management and environmental experts.

In order to draw attention to the environmental protection and preservation culture, AB “Achema” together with the companies of the Group from all regions of the country joins the massive annual social initiative “Let’s Do it!”.