The Russian economy has a significant potential for energy saving

Over the past 10 years, the energy intensity of the Russian Federation's GDP has decreased by 9%, and the energy intensity has not decreased in the past 4 years. The goal of reducing the energy intensity of Russia's GDP by 60% while maintaining the current rate will be achieved only in 2043.

The specific consumption of heat and electricity in the residential sector in regions with similar climatic conditions differs up to 3 times.

By 01.07.2012, the multi-apartment building (MAB) should have been fully equipped with collective metering devices for consumed resources. After 7 years, the level of MAB equipment was 61%. The level of implementation of modern technologies in the field of energy saving: 27% of MAB commissioned in 2018 have increased energy efficiency classes (A++, A+, A, B, C), only 5% of MAB commissioned are equipped with ITP with weather regulation. As a result, today more than half of all existing MAB in the country (54%) consume twice as much energy as their modern counterparts.

The Russian economy has a significant potential for energy saving. The energy intensity of Russian GDP is 46% higher than the world level and 17% higher than that of Canada. The implementation of the accumulated potential will release significant additional volumes of fossil fuels for export, "green" the balance of energy consumed, reduce emissions into the atmosphere, and improve the quality of life.

Increasing energy efficiency can be achieved through the introduction of advanced technologies, such as steam and gas installations, combined heat and power plants, electrification and gasification of transport, modern energy-efficient building structures made of thermal insulation materials, controlled drive systems, energy-efficient lighting devices and lighting control systems, ITP with weather control, modern energy consumption meters.

Work of environmental authorities in a special regime aimed at non-proliferation of coronavirus infection

Due to the threat of spread of coronavirus infection, adjustments have been made to the work of state environmental authorities.
Committee for nature management, environmental protection and environmental safety:
Now users of natural resources can submit: a Declaration on the impact on the environment, reports on the organization and results of production control, reports on waste management, applications for registration of objects on the state register of NWOS to the Committee by mail, or using a special box for correspondence located near the security post.
The North-Western inter-regional management of Rosprirodnadzor:
The reception of applications from citizens and legal entities on paper has been temporarily suspended. Requests are accepted by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., as well as through the feedback form. Personal acceptance of applications for the provision of public services on paper, including materials for the organization and conduct of state environmental expertise, is not carried out. Scheduled and unscheduled inspections are suspended until may 1, 2020.

Another meeting on the project was held

On March 31, 2020, a 4-hour remote meeting on the project was held, with 13 people present. We discussed the work on the project in the current situation, and decided to hold the next meeting on April 30. All work should be done remotely.

I had a phone conversation with a representative of the company EcoPeatMix

This week, I had a phone conversation with a representative of EcoPeatMix.
The main product of the company is a peat sorbent for the elimination of spills of oil, petroleum products, oils and other flammable liquids.The sorbent is used in all industries where petroleum products are used, and in fact - everywhere, on water and on land, where spills and contamination occur. Unlike synthetic sorbents, which after their use require removal and disposal at special closed landfills, peat sorbent can be burned in boiler plants as a high-calorie secondary fuel without compromising the environment. A short presentation in Russian of peat products can be viewed here, and information on the sorbent in Russian here.

News from the governing body regarding Covid-19 and the project consultation in April

The project consultation days planned for April 7th - 8th in St. Petersburg and April 14th - 15th in Lappeenranta will be organised via Skype. Due to the rapid evolution of Covid-19 lately, we are minimising travel and face-to-face meeting until the situation clears out.
The online consultations are open for all project partners with any questions, challenges or other topics to discuss with Managing Authority and Branch Office staff. More information and booking on the site.

For the time being, due to COVID-19 outbreak, it may be necessary to cancel or postpone project related work-trips and events that are already booked and confirmed. In case of such changes, costs with no refund possibility are considered eligible. Documents in such case are presented by the standard procedures accompanied with a short description of the grounds causing the cancellation. Concerning travelling and participation to the events and meetings, instructions and recommendations from the project partners’ own organisations and national authorities, will apply.
For further consultation or need for advice, contact your project’s coordinator in the Managing Authority.