JSC RusHydro, being one of the biggest producers of electric power in the Russian Federation, provides consumers with a highly efficient, environmentally clean type of energy by using renewable energy sources in consideration of the provisions of the Kyoto Protocol for preventing greenhouse gas emissions.
The company fulfils the requirements of the legislation of the Russian Federation in the sphere of environmental protection, participates in discharge by Russia of its obligations deriving from international conventions ratified by the Russian Federation in the sphere of environmental protection, and strives for a constant reduction in the impact on the environment and prevention of environmental pollution.
On 15 August 2008, the Board of Directors of JSC RusHydro adopted the JSC RusHydro Environmental Policy, as well as a programme for implementing it. It is designed to intensify nature protection activities during operation of power enterprises and includes measures to improve the legislation of the Russian Federation in the sphere of environmental protection and introduction of an environmental management system within JSC RusHydro.
In 2008, the Cascade of Kubanskiye HPPs spent more than 55 million roubles on nature protection measures. During this time, thirty nine oil circuit-breakers were replaced with environmentally safe vacuum ones, the banks of the channels and the Kubanskiye reservoir were strengthened. State control over use and protection of water facilities provided for use is also exercised by the Government of Stavropol Territory. Payment for use of water facilities is made in full to the federal budget in accordance with Chapter 25.2 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation. In 2008, the Cascade of Kubanskiye HPPs paid more than 12.5 million roubles in water tax for use of the water of the Bolshoy Stavropolskiy and Nevinnomysskiy canals. During the reporting period, no violations of the environmental standards and requirements in the sphere of environmental protection were committed at the Cascade of Kubanskiye HPPs.
During the current year, the plan for nature protection measures includes strengthening the internal banks of the Kubanskoye reservoir, clearing the bed of the SHPP's supply canal, re-equipping the outdoor switchgear and replacing oil circuit-breakers and transformers.