Thanks to the decision to combine ski and biathlon facilities, the potential adverse impact on the unique environment near the Krasnaya Polyana settlement has substantially diminished. The combining of servicing facilities and the compact layout of the two stadiums as an integrated infrastructure made it possible to reduce considerably the built-up area.
The recommendations of international environmental organizations for the protection of rare plants and the habitats and migration routes of animals were taken into account as early as at the design stage. When planning the construction of facilities, it was important to preserve as many plants as possible in the site area. The project overcame that challenge successfully.
As part of environmental monitoring over the construction site, Gazprom jointly with the representatives of the Sochi National Park observed the flora and fauna near the Psekhako Ridge. The Park employees kept a record of animals and rare plants, gave recommendations on environmental protection measures, and oversaw environmental performance.
During construction Gazprom regularly implemented environmental compensation measures, including the transplantation of plants with the Red Book status and the resettlement of rare animals to intact areas. Over a hundred large-scale transplantations of rare plants growing on the Psekhako Ridge were carried out. The resettled animals included mostly rare amphibians, who favored that area. Noisy construction activities were halted during peak migration of big animals. Aquatic inhabitants received attention as well: juvenile fish and spawn were released from sea farms on a regular basis with the purpose of adding to local biodiversity.
The construction of sports venues was in full compliance with the stringent requirements of the Russian environmental legislation and international environmental regulations. Gazprom also followed the Russian and international green building standards aimed at ensuring environmental and energy efficiency, resource conservation, and environmental management during the design, construction, and operation of the Olympic venues.
The Gazprom Group’s efforts to mitigate construction impacts on the environment near the Olympic facilities in Sochi helped the participants and guests of the Winter Games see the unique nature of this region in all its glory.
Environmental issues continue to be an important focus for Gazprom in the Krasnodar Territory after the Winter Olympics in Sochi.