The compliance audit confirms the advanced level of environment management system at the Novovoronezh NPP

The audit aimed at confirming the compliance of the environment management system with the international ISO 14001:2015 and the national GOST R ISO 14001-2016 standards has been completed at the Novovoronezh NPP (NV NPP). This audit was to reconfirm the validity of the compliance certificates issued last year. 17 departments of the NV NPP underwent the standard compliance check in 4 days.

The DQS audit group visited the production facilities and departments, reviewed the documentation, and interviewed the staff. The team has also evaluated the environment risks and the implementation of activities designed to manage the identified risks.

Last year, 5 areas for improvement were noted, and the NV NPP worked a lot to address those, in particular: a risk matrix was developed, a procedure for handling production and consumption waste was enhanced, and all people responsible for those directions were trained.

Also, the fourth order of the NV NPP (6th power block) entered the audit stage last year. In order to facilitate the verification process, a new document called ‘The audit, verification, and safety days performance regulation’ was elaborated. This best practice proved its efficiency during the audit.

‘We have reviewed the results of what the company has been doing for the past year, and we can see that all recommendations were taken into account and the trends are very possible. The international standards are revisited all the time, and one should take a holistic approach to the environment management systems, as those tend to lean towards quality, environment and labour protection. The team has also included the risk management activities, which is of high importance for an NPP’, Elena Ilyna, the head of the group and an international DQS auditor, said.

The NV NPP introduced its environment management system back in 2009. Since that time, the standards have changed and improved multiple times. The NV NPP has always managed to keep itself up to speed in terms of being compliant with the international and local regulations.


DQS is an international holding headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, a head company of the DQA Gruppe companies located all over the world. DQS performs all kinds of verifications for different types of business processes along with the management systems’ certification.

Novovoronezh NPP is a branch of Rosenergoatom JSC (a part of the largest Division of Rosatom State Corporation – Electric Power Division). The Plant is situated on the River Don bank 42 km South of Voronezh. This is the first NPP of Russia with VVER type reactors (Water-Water Power Reactors of containment type with water under pressure). Three reactors of the Plant are the main ones – the prototypes of the serial power reactors. The first power unit was commissioned in 1964, the second one - in 1969, the third one – in 1971, the fourth one – in 1972, and the fifth one – in 1980. 

The power units No 1 and No 2 were shut down in 1984 and 1990, respectively. The power unit No 3 was shut down in 2016 for the decommissioning events. The power unit No 4 was shut down for modernization works. The power unit No 1 of Novovoronezh NPP-2 was commissioned on 27 February, 2017. The power unit No 2 is in the stage of commissioning works. 

The latest information about radiation situation near Russian NPPS and other nuclear power facilities can be seen at www.russianatom.ru

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