Uralkali recognises its responsibility to maintain the availability and quality of water resources in its region of operation. The Company is committed to minimising negative impact on water bodies.

Uralkali’s activities do not have a significant negative impact on the volume and water content of water bodies from which it withdraws water, or of nearby water bodies that are significant for other water users (River Kama).

Main areas of the Company’s impact on water bodies:

Water Consumption for Production Needs Wastewater Disposal

Water Consumption for Production Needs

Wastewater Disposal

Uralkali works in both areas to reduce its impact on water bodies. The Company regularly measures water intake and water consumption in accordance with the environmental legislation of the Russian Federation.

Uralkali also makes extensive use of reverse and recirculating water systems, which helps reduce the need for water intake. The volume of water used in our reverse and recirculating water systems is ten times higher than the volume of water consumption, and this figure is growing every year.

In 2021, Uralkali ran a joint water shortage study with the Perm State National Research University to assess current water availability within the Company’s area of operations. Also, water sufficiency projections were made for 2025 and 2030 based on historical meteorological data and lowest flow assumptions. A data review showed that the minimum amount of water in surface water bodies had been on a slight rise from 1950 to 2020, which implies that the trend is likely to continue on the assumption of the growing atmospheric circulation and precipitation. A conclusion was thus made that no shortage of natural water resources was expected.

As for anthropogenic water shortage, the research included an analysis of historical availability of water for local residents and of Uralkali’s water consumption. The analysis showed that even in dry years, sufficiency of water for local communities was several times above the per capita threshold as per UN’s guidance, and that the Company’s consumption rate was extremely low. Therefore, Uralkali’s operations do not and will not contribute to water shortage.

The area of the Company’s operations are currently classified as a territory with moderate water availability and is supplied with water to a sufficient degree. According to the calculations made as part of the study, even very dry years will not create a shortage of water in this area.