- Preservation and creation of workplaces
- Creating additional value
- Promoting local economy
- Ensuring financial and economic stability of the subsidiaries of the Group
This topic has been researched in detail for decades. A couple of years ago the study 'Quality of the Ambient Air, Assessment of Odour Nuisance and the Amount of Emitted Pollutants in the Town of Kohtla-Järve, Järve District' was carried out by the Estonian Environmental Research Centre, commissioned by the Environmental Inspectorate. Within the frames of that study, large-scale measurements were made as well as the modelling of pollutants and aromatic substances was carried out. Based on the study, a conclusion was made that the joint effect of different sources of pollution is important. Besides, since numerous investments were made into the renovation of production technologies, their significance has decreased, and the effect exerted by the heated spots at the landfill are of primary importance now, which originate from history and can be attributed to former storage technologies. In our opinion, it is a good thing that such an important people's initiative has reached the Environmental Committee of Riigikogu. The petition filed by town dwellers is the natural wish of the local people to live in better conditions, as compared with the historical industrial town, enjoying the clean air, which is easy to understand. The situation can always be changed for the better. In order to do that, in addition to what has already been done as well as to environmental investments accounting for 100 million since 1997, we are also planning to continue dealing with the reduction of unpleasant odour in the future. At the same time, it would be relevant to point out a positive trend towards the improvement of the quality of ambient air in the town. It is important to understand that people sense odour nuisance at a much lower concentration as compared to the dangerous maximum limit of the pollutant, which means that, regardless of the fact that the quality of air has improved significantly, people keep on complaining about it. For VKG, the improvement of the quality of life of the area and its inhabitants is of the highest priority, which is why we have already made numerous investments into the reduction of odour nuisance.