ST. PETERSBURG, December 6. / TASS /. The Norilsk Nickel Company (Nornickel) plans to launch an online system to monitor air pollution in Norilsk, Krasnoyarsk region. The program, which is currently in test mode, will be available to local residents, company vice president Andrei Bugrov said on Friday.
“When it comes to air quality, we want its parameters to be transparent to anyone interested,” he said at the international forum Arctic: Present and Future. “We have launched a pilot project to monitor air quality in Norilsk in real time.”
“Nornickel and a Russian ecological operator signed an agreement on this subject in October,” he continued. “Our task is to make this system fully automatic, so that local residents can receive this information at any time using a mobile phone app.”
Company representatives have not indicated when the system will be fully operational.
After the closure of a nickel plant in Norilsk in 2016, sulfur dioxide emissions in the residential area fell by more than 30%, he continued. The company is continuing its North project to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions. As part of the project, Nornickel plans to reduce emissions in the Norilsk industrial district after 2030 by an additional 95% compared to 2015.
The North Project is Nornickel’s largest green program to modernize industrial assets. Project investments will amount to around 250 billion rubles ($ 3.4 billion).
About the forum
The 11th Arctic Present and Future International Forum took place in St. Petersburg from December 2-4. It was organized by the Association of Polar Explorers with the support of the Federation Council, State Duma, Ministry of Far Eastern and Arctic Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other authorities. TASS was the general information partner of the event.