Norilsk Nickel, which has time and again made its hometown one of the most polluted places on earth, has announced plans to slash dirty emissions – and finally has released a sketch of measures it will undertake to carry that out.
Norway would benefit too. An investment plan the industrial giant released in London late last month also presages a 50 percent cut in emissions wafting over Norway’s border from one of its smelting works in the Kola Peninsula industrial town of Nikel over the next several years.
That smelter is part of the Kola Mining and Metallurgy Company, a subsidiary of Norilsk Nickel, which has been a near constant source of pollution and worry for northern Norway and other Scandinavian countries.
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Oslo has struggled with Moscow over harrowing emissions of sulfur dioxide polluting both sides of the Arctic border, but it was not until the release of the Norilsk Nickel investment plan that the company has offered any concrete measures for curtailing them.
Vladimir Potanin, Norilsk Nickel’s billionaire CEO, told the audience in London that the new measures are aimed at making his historically polluting industry into example of green environmental responsibility.