Over the last 20 years, we’ve invested more than RUB 160 billion in a large-scale restructuring of all our production facilities. Approximately RUB 19 billion of this has been for purely environmental measures. And today we believe that we have been successful in breaking down the prevailing image of a metallurgical enterprise as a dirty industrial facility, ever-present in the landscapes of the 1930–1950s with lots of pipes and lots of smoke. The picture now is completely different – it is of an enterprise that is entirely clean and green, that is pleasant to pass by and pleasant to take a stroll through — Igor Korytko, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board, Tube Metallurgical Company (TMK).
As a major global producer, we rely on hydrogen. We started dealing with hydrogen back in 1998 and had already sold approximately 10,000 vehicles that run on fuel cells and hydrogen. In 2020, we introduced the first heavy-duty fuel cell truck to the public — Alexey Kalitsev, Managing Director, Hyundai Motor CIS.
We are ready for an energy transition now. We understand that it’s coming. And since we are the largest major supplier of pipe solutions for the fuel and energy sector, we understand that the fuel and energy sector is not only about oil and gas. The future is hydrogen and renewable energy. And we realize that the production, transportation, and consumption of hydrogen also involve tubulars, only in a slightly different way — Igor Korytko, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board, Tube Metallurgical Company (TMK).
I remember how popular the topic of energy-saving light bulbs was. Everyone switched over to them, and then it turned out that energy-saving bulbs were harmful for the environment because they are almost impossible to dispose of. We switched to LED. With this example, I wanted to show you how you have to keep moving all the time. There are no simple formulas out there — Alexander Shokhin, President, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.