Pollution prevention

Sustainable development challenges

The effective prevention of any form of pollution of the natural environment from the Company’s production activity (air emissions, solid and liquid waste, use of chemical substances) and from any potential major industrial accidents is a main challenge for the Company.


Prevention of any identified risk of pollution from the activities of the Company, in accordance with the main axes of the Environmental policy of MYTILINEOS.

Major risks

  • The possible deterioration of the air quality and the surface and ground waters quality, and the pollution of the soil from industrial accidents are permanent potential risks.
  • Key production and transport activities of the Company involve the risk of leakages, following unforeseen malfunctions or accidents, into the marine environment, since they are adjacent to it.
  • Failure to prevent and manage the above risks could have a significant impact on the Company’s economic and industrial capital, reducing the value created by increasing the financial costs for dealing with these incidents, through possible administrative sanctions, as well as through the Company’s potential inability to continue its activities.

Management / control practices

  • In the Metallurgy Business Unit, a dedicated Major Accident Prevention Policy is in place for preventing and responding to large-scale industrial accidents, which addresses risks associated with the use of hazardous substances in the Business Unit’s activities. Through a set of concrete measures, the prevention and avoidance of any incident involving a deterioration of the environment is ensured. These measures include, among others: strict compliance with the approved Environmental Terms of the metallurgical activity, compliance with the measures provided for in the Safety Study (SEVESO III – implementation of Joint Ministerial Decision 172058/2016), implementation of Best Available Techniques in the management of infrastructure and industrial waste, good knowledge of and training on Emergency Response Plans (EPs), the operation of a fire protection department and the continuous monitoring of the water and soil quality.
  • The subsidiary DELPHI – DISTOMON, in order to prevent and reduce small-scale, localized incidents involving spills of lubricants within the context of mining activities in the tunnels of underground quarries, implements on an annual basis the following practices: (1) purchasing supplies (lubricant pipes) with the best quality available in the market, to ensure their maximum possible durability, (2) implementing, on an annual basis, custom-developed seminars to raise awareness among personnel on the need to report and log such incidents, (3) responding immediately to such incidents, collecting the quantity of contaminated soil in the area of the spill and forwarding it to the hazardous waste disposal area for appropriate handling, and (4) regular and preventing maintenance of the equipment and its parts.
  • In the Power & Gas, Sustainable Engineering Solutions and Renewables & Storage Development Business Units, in all production units (thermal plants, RES plants, complex construction plants and work sites) all potential risks are identified to address in a timely manner and minimize the consequences of unforeseen malfunctions and accidents. In particular, the following are implemented: (a) all procedures in the Environmental Management Systems and the Emergency Plans, as well as the operation and maintenance instructions for installations, (b) the instructions for monitoring air emissions, (c) preventive maintenance programs, (d) systematic visual environmental inspections of installations, (e) annual external audits for the certification of the Environmental Management Systems.

International reference standards

  • ISO 14001:2015
  • GRI Standards
  • SASB Standards
  • UN Global Compact
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