The implementation of the environmental program in 2019 enabled us to improve our performance vis-à-vis key environmental impacts. Some activities were aimed at further expanding the value-added use of associated petroleum gas, resulting in this indicator rising to 97.5% in Russia and 98.9% abroad. At the same time, APG flaring fell by 6%. We also managed to reduce air pollutant emissions across the Group. Thanks to the projects implemented, we achieved the key performance indicator for waste management activities, with the volume of waste disposal matching that of waste generation.
In line with the Company’s plans related to climate change, a new unit was created in the HSE Department, which will coordinate activities on greenhouse gas emission management and adapting to climate change, and prepare proposals for long-term targets.
Biodiversity conservation is a priority within LUKOIL’s environmental policy. We conduct regular environmental monitoring and implement projects to restore and increase fish populations and vegetation, including rare species. In 2018 the Company joined an initiative as part of the Russian federal project entitled Conservation of Biological Diversity and the Development of Ecotourism, and became a member of a task force of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation.
Recently we launched a new project aimed at restoring and protecting the saiga population. This species of antelope is on the verge of extinction and is planned to be included in the Red Book of Russia. Our joint efforts with the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and the governments of the Republic of Kalmykia and the Astrakhan Region will make an important contribution to maintaining the ecosystem of the Caspian Region. A roadmap for saiga conservation has already been approved, and the project strategy, together with specific activities, are being developed.