Caring about the environment

MegaFon is not engaged in an industry that has a significant negative impact on the environment. Nevertheless, we take our commitment to the environment very seriously, seeking to minimise our environmental footprint wherever possible.

Complying with the applicable Russian laws, adhering to precautionary principles, and implementing initiatives to encourage all employees to care about the environment remain MegaFon’s top environmental priorities.

By leveraging advanced technologies, MegaFon is able to develop and deploy solutions which encourage responsible production (by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the amount of waste and the use of resources) and have an overall positive impact on society.

MegaFon Environment platform

Since 2019, MegaFon has been developing the MegaFon Environment, an environmental monitoring platform to automate the collection of environmental data (air, water, soil, physical parameters) and centralise their processing and analysis for ensuring prompt response to environmental accidents and making further effective management decisions.

The platform is designed for real-time environmental monitoring and features a set of sensors connected via a local network to management servers, specialist workstations and monitoring sites of related services. The platform displays the assessment of the quality of environmental components in real time, promptly identifying excessive parameters and sending notifications by e-mail, push notifications or text messages.

In 2021, as part of the project, we launched a universal software layer, Environmental Patents, designed to interact with any industry-specific equipment via an open exchange protocol. The solution will provide maximum flexibility in selecting a partner, or an ability to work with existing equipment of commercial customers.

Platform components

Air quality monitoring

Surface water and wastewater monitoring

Monitoring of industrial emis-sions

ClimateGuard

Integrated envi-ronmental moni-toring

Use of alternative energy sources

MegaFon endeavours to employ alternative energy systems, such as wind turbines and solar panels, when constructing base stations. These technologies both minimise negative environmental impacts and enable us to bring mobile connectivity even to the most remote communities. Alternative energy systems currently supply power to several base stations operated by MegaFon in the Murmansk Region and in Dagestan.

Paperless stores

In 2021, we put more emphasis on the paperless store concept in our own retail network and were able to offer value-added services to our customers as an alternative to paper in more than 50% of our own stores.

Resource conservation

MegaFon encourages its employees to use resources responsibly. Energy-efficient fluorescent and LED lamps have been installed in MegaFon’s offices and stores, and lights and electrical appliances are switched off outside business hours. To reduce power consumption, our offices use ventilation, heating, and air conditioning systems with recuperative heat-exchange and self-cooling features. The Company also promotes switching to electronic document management and has introduced comprehensive waste disposal programmes and equipment.

Resource conservation

Paperless project

As from 2020, MegaFon has in place an ecosystem for creating, approving, signing, and storing documents using an electronic signature.

We have digitised:
close to
~100%
of administrative workflow
30%
of HR processes, including business trips, additional agreements on remote work, vacations, etc.
>30%
of procurement and logistics documents

Energy efficiency

MegaFon runs an energy efficiency programme across its communications facilities, comprising the following technologies:

  • Automated electricity metering system
  • Advanced, high-performance energy equipment
  • Balanced ventilation systems instead of air conditioning at base stations
  • Optimisation of power supply systems
  • Replacing incandescent light bulbs with LED lights
  • Prioritising energy-saving features in radio equipment used in mobile networks
  • Using equipment with wider operating temperature ranges
Use of energy resources in 2020–2021
Item 2020 2021 2021/2020, %
Fuel and industrial fluids
Boiler fuel, including:
  • Gas (including condensate), ‘000 m3
973 933 —4
Technical equipment:
  • Fuel, ‘000 litres
1,803 1,520 —16
  • Oils and industrial fluids, litres
4,867 5,307 9
Motor transport / motor fuel:
  • Fuel, ‘000 litres
2,860 2,764 —3
  • Diesel fuel, ‘000 litres
663 647 —2
Utilities
Electricity, ‘000 kWh 1,364,732 1,663,993 22
Heat, Gcal 20,967 19,349 —8
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