#case study Striking The Right Balance Action plan to protect Lake Baikal
GRI 304-3

Action plan to protect Lake Baikal

Russian Railways pays special attention to Lake Baikal, a World Heritage Site.

About 200 people took part in the activities, including
from among the Company's employees

To this end, Russian Railways:

  • builds treatment facilities
  • enhances its environmental monitoring network
  • industrial control
Clean shores

The Company conducted The Clean Baikal Shores, an environmental campaign covering offshore strips of the lake, the Circum–Baikal Railway, and the settlement of Tankhoy.

Clean water

Currently, all wastewater generated by Russian Railways’ infrastructure in the Central Zone of Lake Baikal Protected Areas undergoes pre-treatment. As part of the Eastern Operating Domain development, the Company continues its efforts to prevent the pollution of the Baikal basin water courses.

Russian Railways is bringing into life the Action Plan developed jointly with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to protect Lake Baikal’s natural territory during the construction and upgrade of the Baikal-Amur and Trans-Siberian Railway infrastructure.

2021 highlights:
The Company put in place benchmark environmental protection procedures for facilities located in the Central Zone of Lake Baikal Protected Areas, including the development of a regulatory framework and a monitoring system
The Baikal-M digital module to monitor and accumulate environmental data passed the testing stage. We deploy mobile units to continuously monitor the environment around the construction site in the Baikal territory. The monitoring data go straight to digital systems operated by the Russian Ministry for Natural Resources and Environment. This testifies the environmental transparency of Russian Railways
The East Siberian Railway saw a new industrial environmental laboratory launched in Severobaikalsk
Video cameras were installed in the Central Zone of Lake Baikal Protected Areas to monitor construction in real time
Containers were installed for separate waste collection at railway stations and transport stops, on the territory of the Slyudyanskoye Lake and Shamansky Cape regional natural monuments, and on construction sites