Environmental and social summary of the Kulon-Yugros project

Main Environmental and social summary of the Kulon-Yugros project

 Environmental and social summary of the Kulon-Yugros project

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Since the time it was founded the Espro Group has been keeping up with the world trends, taking care of the environment at both construction and operation stages which is confirmed by international certificates: ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System certificate by British Standards Institution, the world’s leading standards organization, was obtained in 2003 and regularly confirm. Besides, the Espro Group is the first Russian developer to be the member of the U.S. Green Building Council. The Espro Group intends to put into action the USGBC initiatives in the field of ecological construction on the Russian commercial real estate market.

The ecological sustainability of the Espro Projects is ensured by the following:

  • environmentally safe construction materials;
  • Installation of resource saving technologies (water, electricity, heat);
  • wastewater disposal and treatment for further technical use;
  • minimization of polluting emissions;
  • collection and recycling of waste;
  • landscaping of the territory, comfortable working conditions.

The Espro Projects undergoes the state environmental review and use materials and equipment, certified on the territory of Russia. The high quality of the Espro Projects has been confirmed by the national award in the sphere of commercial real estate - «Kulon Baltia» in 2006 and «Kulon Istra» in 2009.

Espro Development's Technical Standard consolidating the construction experience of the company, and setting high demands for quality and safety of objects. Construction quality control, introduction of new, advanced, efficient technologies and project designs is implemented by the construction management department, comprising of qualified engineers, designers and other specialists. Accident prevention and labor safety control on sites is carried out on a regular basis.

“Kulon-Yugros” project

Espro Group of companies is implementing the project of the first class “A” office and warehouse complex in the territory of Caucasian Mineralnye Vody Region. “Kulon-Yugros” complex is intended to become a foundation for forming the infrastructure for major logistic, trade and industrial companies’ activities. Its territory occupies 9 ha, the total area is 55 000 m². The project development will be carried out in two phases: I phase – 27 700 m²;II phase – 27 700 m². Date of putting in operation of I phase is Q I 2010. Address: 357200, Russia, Stavropol Region, Mineralnye Vody, 43, 1st Promyshlennaya st., «Kulon-Yugros».

Environmental and Social Management Systems

Espro implements the procedure consistent with the advanced international practices for selection of contractors and for materials’/equipment procurement. It ensures outsourcing of construction operations to reputable contracting companies and purchasing of energy-efficient and environmental friendly equipment. The general contractor of the project is ZAO “Contour-Story-Trest”.

General contractors are responsible for the Project’s S&E assessment; obtaining necessary approvals and permits; construction waste management, etc. The general contractor has the site based staff in charge of regular inspections and monitoring of EHS performance, including implementation of mitigation measures designed to manage EHS issues associated with the construction. The site based outsourced technical expert is in charge for inspections to confirm that designed specifications are implemented. The similar approach was introduced for Kulon Yugros project. The selected construction contractor has a well-developed management system and organizational structure that ensure proper addressing of EHS risks during the construction.

Going forward, Espro will introduce a corporate approach towards EHS management to provide support to individual subsidiaries on technical, managerial, financial and knowledge-exchange aspects of environmental protection and ensure consistency across subsidiaries, hereby reaching wider than the actual project.

The State Regional Environmental and the State Expert Review Committees reviewed the EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) and design materials and issued Positive Conclusions on compliance with Russian laws and regulations followed by a permit for starting the construction.

Technical arrangements

Construction and routine operation of the warehouse facility should not have negative impacts on community health, safety and security, on natural resources.

EIA studies identified that the project environmental and social impacts at the construction and operation phases are few in number, limited by the facility site upon implementation of the specific protection measures to avoid impacts on natural underground mineral waters, including concrete pavement of the project site; and collection, treatment and storage of the storm water to prevent its discharge to terrain or watercourse. Sanitary water will be discharged to the public system. Design specifications also include enhanced waterproofing and sealing of water supply, drainage and discharge systems.

One of the environmental impacts of the project is associated with the location of the warehouse facility in the water protection zone of the river of Jemukha. To avoid potential pollution of river water, a closed concrete culvert/ tunnel of about 360 m length is installed along the site border, which enclose the river over this stretch.

Some potential EHS issues associated with the increased traffic on the existing narrow access roads might arise as some road sectors are located rather close to individual houses. These will be addressed through a new road junction planned to be constructed according to the municipal Masterplan. It is expected to facilitate access to the industrial area, passing neighboring villages by; and prevent any potential traffic congestion on the federal highway “Kavkaz”, and, thus, to reduce air emissions from traffic. After its construction, none of the neighboring settlements are likely to be affected by the increased traffic. The sponsor is committed to apply any feasible efforts to support this construction.

Technological arrangements

The main environmental impact of the project is associated with exhaust gases from the trucks which have to stay in line to access the loading docks. The project complies with the class A requirements which help to expedite and improve the handling process such as loading docks - 1 per 1000 m² and large maneuvering areas. Noise impact of the projects complies with Russian regulatory requirements.

Emergency preparedness and response

To minimize potential risk of major fire for personnel, the warehouses will be equipped with smoke detection and fire suppression sprinkler systems; fire-resistant ceilings; a fire break /wall separating the warehouse in two cells; two detached fire water tanks and a fire pump station. Emergency preparedness and response plans will be established and communicated to future tenants in accordance with the national regulations.

New jobs

The Project will create new jobs at the warehouse itself, and will increase the level of local business activity in other related sectors such as retail, construction, and transportation. The Project will create about 150-200 new jobs locally.


Construction and routine operation of the warehouse facility should not have negative impacts on community health, safety and security, on natural resources.

We hope that construction of the first class “A” office and warehouse complex in the territory of Caucasian Mineralnye Vody Region will become a foundation for forming the infrastructure for major logistic, trade and industrial companies’ activities of the region.

For inquiries about the project, please contact:

Mr. Mikhail Zagoskin, General Director

ZAO Kulon-Yugros

Stavropol region,

Mineralnye Vody,

43, Pervaya Promyshlennaya st.

Tel.: +7-8793-36-36-55

Fax: +7-8793- 36-36-21

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