Protecting biodiversity

Inter RAO carries out biodiversity conservation measures in five key areas:

  • Compensatory and ameliorative fish stocking
  • Modernization of fish protection devices
  • Conducting studies of the effectiveness of fish protection devices
  • Environmental volunteering

Inter RAO’s generating facilities are not located within any nature reserves and do not border on territories with a high value of diversity or protected natural areas. [GRI 304-1]

Protection and replenishment of fish resources

The most significant impact that power plants have on biodiversity is the potential risk of aquatic organisms dying in the water intake facilities of TPPs. In order to reduce these risks, all water intake facilities are equipped with fish protection facilities and the Company restocks water bodies with fish. The goals of fish stocking are to comply with environmental legislation, reproduce fish stocks in water bodies, and maintain the power plant’s high technical and economic indicators by preventing the reservoir from becoming overgrown.

Considering that no fish protection technologies can fully prevent the death of fish during the construction or operation of fence structures, work is being carried out with stakeholders to develop long-term, effective cooperation to determine and coordinate actions for ensuring the conservation of aquatic biological resources and their habitat during the construction and operation of TPPs and CHPPs, and compensatory measures are being adopted to preserve and maintain biological resources. [GRI 304-2]

Inter RAO spent a total of RUB 20.1 mln on projects to protect biodiversity in 2019.

Inter RAO Group’s projects to protect biodiversity
Project description Region 2019 results Plans for 2020 Total funding in 2019, RUB thousand
Study of the actual effectiveness of the fish protection device Sverdlovsk Region - Studies completed. Cost – RUB 422,000 401.15
Calculation of damage to aquatic biological resources Sverdlovsk Region - Calculation made. Cost – RUB 1,500,000 -
Study of the actual effectiveness of the fish protection device Republic of Buryatia Interim report on the actual effectiveness of the fish protection device and the state of aquatic biological resources

Final report on the actual effectiveness of the fish protection device and the state of aquatic biological resources

Cost – RUB 1,210,000

2,160.00
Release of carp fry into Lake Gusinoye Republic of Buryatia Release of 49,600 carp fry into Lake Gusinoye Release of carp fry into Lake Gusinoye. Cost – RUB 558,000 446.40
Study of the actual effectiveness of the fish protection device and calculation of damage to aquatic biological resources Ivanovo Region -

Studies conducted.

Cost – RUB 1,077,000

-
Release of silver carp fry into Iriklinskoye Reservoir Orenburg Region Release of 145,215 silver carp fry into Iriklinskoye Reservoir Release of 145,215 silver carp fry into Iriklinskoye Reservoir 550.00
Study of the actual effectiveness of the fish protection device and calculation of damage to aquatic biological resources Kostroma Region Interim report on the actual effectiveness of the fish protection device and the state of aquatic biological resources Continued monitoring. Cost – RUB 5,750,000 2,760.00
Study of the actual effectiveness of the fish protection device and calculation of damage to aquatic biological resources Perm Territory Final report on the actual effectiveness of the fish protection device and the state of aquatic biological resources. Calculation of damage to aquatic biological resources Monitoring the condition of aquatic biological resources 5,107.60
Release of sterlet fry into the Kamskoye Reservoir Perm Territory Release of 400,000 sterlet fry with weight of 3-5 g into the Kamskoye Reservoir Release of 362,000 sterlet fry with weight of 3-5 g into the Kamskoye Reservoir 6,241.60
Study of the actual effectiveness of the fish protection device Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District - Studies conducted. Cost – RUB 5,123,000 -
Calculation of damage to aquatic biological resources Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District - Calculation made. Cost – RUB 1,500,000 -
Calculation of damage to aquatic biological resources Zabaykalsky Territory - Calculation made. Cost – RUB 1,500,000  
Release of juvenile silver carp and carp Tula Region Release of 1,500 juvenile silver carp and 2,500 carp Release of 1,500 juvenile silver carp and 2,500 carp. Cost – RUB 420,000 413.00
Confirmation of the effectiveness of the fish protection device completed Tula Region Monitoring conducted Confirmation of the effectiveness of the fish protection device completed. Cost – RUB 2,540,410 564.00
Study of the actual effectiveness of the fish protection device Chelyabinsk Region - Studies conducted. Cost – RUB 1,500,000 0.00
Calculation of damage to aquatic biological resources Chelyabinsk Region - Calculation made. Cost – RUB 1,500,000 0.00
LLC BGC        
Ameliorative stocking with herbivorous fish species Republic of Bashkortostan 8,000 kg 8,000 kg 240.00
Artificial reproduction of aquatic biological resources to compensate for damage caused to aquatic biological resources and their habitat Republic of Bashkortostan 12,776 kg - 177.458
JSC Tomskaya Generation        
Modernization of fish protection devices at water intakes of the onshore pump stations of TPP2 Tomsk Design work performed in 2018 Implementation of a project to modernize fish protection devices at water intakes of the onshore pump stations of TPP2  
CJSC Moldavskaya TPP        
Ameliorative stocking with herbivorous fish species Transnistria 8,000 kg 8,000 kg 964.6
Compensatory and ameliorative stocking with larva of commercial fish species Transnistria 9,850,000 fish at least 1,340,371 fish using its own resources

Environmental volunteering

Inter RAO is cultivating respect among employees for nature and biodiversity. To this end, one-off events are held that aim to preserve and reproduce biodiversity.

At Gusinoozyorskaya TPP, the primary union organization and the heads of the plant’s structural units conducted an environmental campaign to clean up the banks of the Selenga River near ​​the village of Novosyolenginsk in which the plant’s employees and members of their families took part.

At JSC Altayenergosbyt, a group of young people along with activists from Greenpeace and the Takiye Dela portal organized a campaign titled ‘Plastic Watching’ as part of World Cleanup Day, during which they cleaned up the banks of the Barnaulka River in the Altai Territory village of Bulygino, which is inhabited by several different types of animals: fish, muskrats, ducks, gulls, and cranes. Employees from JSC TGC11 took part in a campaign titled ‘Give Us Your Waste and Get a Tree in Omsk’ during which 4.5 tons of waste paper were handed over in exchange for 22 seedlings of 130-150 cm Siberian spruce, which the campaign participants planted on the territory of the CHPP. An alley of 14 seedlings (Canadian maple, spruce, cherry, and mountain ash) was planted at JSC Omsk RTS as part of the same campaign.