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On 22 November 2013, the certification audit of Environmental Management System of one of the largest affiliates to JSC Federal Grid Company of Unified Energy System (FGC UES) - Backbone Electric Grids (MES) of Centre was finalized. The management system’s compliance with ISO 14001:2004 was audited by SGS – the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company.

Implementation and certification of the Environmental Management System in FGC UES have been consistently carried out since 2011. Auditing of all the company’s affiliates is to be conducted stepwise by 2016.

The affiliate of JSC Federal Grid Company of Unified Energy System (FGC UES) – Backbone Electric Grids (MES) of Centre is one of the largest ones: its geographical scope covers 19 regions of the Russian Federation. The SGS certification audit of the Environmental Management System in MES of Centre took place in 2013 divided into 2 stages. In particular, SGS auditors emphasized the fact that while implementing investment projects focusing on production facilities modernization the affiliate’s management takes into account reduction of negative environmental impact and upgrades environmental safety of equipment.

‘Environmental Management System is part of the general management system including organizational structure, planning of operations, distribution of responsibilities and extensive practical work’, commented General Director at MES of Centre Sergey Demin. ‘Besides, it implies the procedures, processes and resources we need to develop, implement and achieve environmental objectives and to improve our environmental policy‘. The environmental policy of the Federal Grid Company aims at reducing negative environmental impact as well as at boosting environmental and economic effectiveness of the company’s operations.

‘ISO 14001 is a practical tool to structure and systematize an organization’s activities to control one’s environmental impact and improve environmental performance. Implementation of ISO 14001 requirements in FGC UES testifies of the responsible attitude of the company’s management towards environmental problems of our planete’, said Dmitry Nikitin, Deputy Branch Manager for Urals and Siberia at SGS Vostok Limited.

Federal Grid Company is the operator and manager of Russia’s unified electricity transmission grid system, including high voltage transmission lines, and holds the status of a natural monopoly. The Company’s assets include more than 131,6 km of transmission lines and 891 substations with more than 335 GVA of 35-750 volt transformer capacity. Based on the length of transmission lines and installed transformer capacity, Federal Grid is the largest publicly traded electricity transmission company in the world.

Olga Martianova
Sales Manager, Systems and Services Certification, Urals Region
SGS Vostok Limited
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