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Sustainable development

The sustainable development agenda is deeply integrated into Rosatom’s Strategy 2030 as its essential part. Supporting the delivery of 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals is embodied in the strategy as an indispensable condition to business operations of the Russian nuclear corporation.

Since 2020, Rosatom has been a member of the UN Global Compact. Rosatom is committed to achieving the global priorities in sustainable development and adheres to the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact in the area of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

With its product range, financial performance and internal ESG processes, Rosatom makes a contribution to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

NovaWind, a wind power division of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, shares Rosatom’s commitment to the principles of sustainable development, prioritising the environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects of its business operations.

Rosatom’s green products and services: wind energy

Wind energy is an important element of the low-carbon product range offered by Rosatom. As a leader in the Russian renewable energy market, NovaWind maintains its status of the country’s only manufacturer of multi-megawatt wind turbines.

NovaWind is engaged in the design and construction of wind power plants, setting up local production of wind turbine components, managing supply chains and site logistics, and providing wind farm operation and maintenance services. The company also sells green electricity, including through direct contracts with responsible consumers. By promoting new energy products and services, NovaWind contributes to the transition to energy-efficient and resource-saving patterns of power consumption.

By 2027, the company will build a total of about 1.7 GW of new wind capacity. By now, NovaWind has commissioned eight wind farms in Southern Russia (Republic of Adygea, Stavropol Krai, and Rostov Region) with a total installed capacity of 880 MW, including Russia’s largest 210 MW Kochubeevskaya Wind Farm.

Its Renewable Energy – Foreign Markets strategic programme provides for securing international orders for 700 MW of new wind capacity by 2025 and 5 GW of new capacity by 2030.

With new wind capacity to be commissioned in Russia, the annual output of clean electricity will increase by more than 4.2 billion kWh by 2027, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by about 1.5 million tonnes of CO2e per year.

Wind energy development contributes to the UN SDGs:

SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy – by building renewable generation capacity and increasing the share of renewable sources in the Russian energy mix.

NovaWind’s new wind capacity of 1.7 GW to be built by 2027 will increase the output of clean electricity by 4.2 million kWh per annum.

SDG 13 Climate Action – by reducing greenhouse emissions through the replacement of conventional generation with clean sources of energy.

Increasing the share of renewables in the national energy mix will help Russia to reduce greenhouse gas emission by about 1.5 million tonnes of CO2e per annum.

NovaWind strives to make its products more sustainable by focusing on:

  • Development and deployment of recycling technology for its equipment, particularly wind turbine blades, to introduce the best recycling practices for the mitigation of potential negative impacts on the environment.
  • Minimisation of negative impacts on the environment during wind farm construction and operation: the company has its environmental management system certified to ISO 14001, monitors/audits the environmental conditions at its wind farm construction sites on a regular basis, and conducts comprehensive studies of the wind farm impact on avifauna (currently, at the Novolakskaya Wind Farm site in the Republic of Dagestan).

Following a sustainability assessment carried out in 2021 and repeated in 2022, wind energy was included in the List of Rosatom’s Sustainable Businesses and assigned a sustainable maturity score (the list was approved by Rosatom’s Order No. 1/1784-P of December 27, 2022).

The sustainability assessment is carried out pursuant to Section 7 of Rosatom’s Order No. 1/1623-P “On Approval of Rosatom Group Uniform Guidelines for Sustainable Development” dated December 25, 2020