They discussed “Green Industry” at the Vodokanal (water and wastewater treatment plant)


On Thursday, June 27, the scientific-practical conference Ways to solve problems of industrial sewage purification was held at SUE Vodokanal of St. Petersburg. The conference was organized by the Russian environmental green movement, the North-West International Cleaner Production Centre of UNIDO, Russian Ecological Independent Examination (REIE), and the Public Council under the Federal Service for Natural Resources Supervision, with the support of MMC Norilsk Nickel OJSC.

At the conference, they discussed issues of innovation and a systematic view of the formation of industrial environmental policies at enterprises, according to the new United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s (UNIDO) “Green Industry” platform, which should be directed to support a responsible approach to the consumption of natural water resources, the use of fresh water, and the purification of wastewater.

At the conference, the representatives of SUE Vodokanal of St. Petersburg presented reports on the federal law On Water Supply and Sanitation, the declarations of industrial subscribers on the composition and properties of their wastewater, as well as on the activities of SUE Vodokanal of St. Petersburg to reduce negative impacts on the environment.

This company, in fact, is the main barrier, preventing the pollution by the industrial wastewaters of delta of the Neva River and the Gulf of Finland. The sewer system must now accept specific pollutants (heavy metals, phenols, petroleum) that may be found in industrial wastewaters; however, the main purpose of the sewage treatment facilities is the cleaning of the household wastes.

Today, the sewage treatment facilities purify 97% of all effluents. This rate will have risen to 98% by October 2013. In addition, the company ensures the quality of sewage treatment in accordance with the recommendations of HELCOM (Helsinki Commission for the Protection of the Baltic Sea). The content of phosphorus in the effluent does not exceed 0.5 mg / liter (phosphorus stimulates the growth of blue-green algae, which today is one of the main problems of the Baltic Sea).

By the end of the conference, the participants decided to develop a pilot project for a new concept of environmental industrial policy for the North-Western part of Russia on the principles of the UNIDO “Green Industry” platform and assign the Office of the Plenipotentiary Representative of the President in the North-Western Federal District with the responsibility to analyze it. On the eve of the Gulf of Finland Year 2014, a proposal has been made to create a cross-regional monitoring system for analyzing changes in the dynamics of water bodies that will help determine the quality of water in the Ladoga-Neva water system and the Gulf of Finland. This system is necessary to predict changes in the dynamics of international waters of the Gulf of Finland, as part of the larger marine ecosystem of the Baltic Sea.