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Sustainability Report 2011
We didn’t think we knew it all, but I for one thought about some things differently after that session. Victor Remezov, St Petersburg Factory Power Facilities Manager, British American Tobacco Russia

I’ve worked at the St Petersburg factory for 14 years and I’m now the Power Facilities Manager.

In November 2010, I was asked to participate in a dialogue session on environment, health and safety issues. I’d never been to an event like this before, with people from inside and outside the company. To be honest, I was a bit nervous to start with, not knowing how it would work, and I thought it might be a complete waste of time.

Of course, I was wrong! I soon realised that it was really useful – and enjoyable. I liked having the opportunity to explain our approach with the external stakeholders – being able to demonstrate to them that we take these issues seriously and are tackling them from lots of angles. That made me feel proud.

And the comments we got back from them were really useful too. Don’t get me wrong – we didn’t think we knew it all, but I for one thought about some things differently after that session. As much as we think we might be on the right track, having that level of external challenge is invaluable in helping us to make further progress.

As a result of this dialogue, we now want to engage with our stakeholders on a whole list of other topics. I think it’s great that we’re developing a strong stakeholder engagement programme – for one thing, because I think it’s really important that we don’t become complacent and, for another, because it shows how committed the company really is to addressing its environmental impacts. And that makes me proud to work here.

Victor Remezov, St Petersburg Factory Power Facilities Manager, British American Tobacco Russia 

 

St Petersburg factory

More than 540 employees

Produces 26.8 billion cigarettes a year

In 2011:
  • Energy use of 7.21 GJ per million cigarettes equivalent
  • CO2e of 0.51 tonnes per million cigarettes equivalent
  • Water use of 1.44m³ per million cigarettes equivalent
  • Recycling rate of 90%
  • Lost Workday Case Incident Rate of zero
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