Regional Initiatives

The end of the public campaign coincided with the wrap-up of a five-year long implementation of the state program "Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency for the Period until 2020". The outcomes of the program are rather modest. Starting in 2015, state finances have been cut, while the main support is going to the coal industry. The forecasted amount of energy to be saved by means of the state program was comparable to total energy generated by the country’s largest power stations! Energy efficiency could have become an alternative to fossil fuels and the dangerous nuclear power, yet so far, its potential remains untapped. Broshure of RSEU information campaign "Energy Efficiency is Russia’s Largest, Cleanest and Cheapest Energy Source" (Russian version)

SPARE project presented at the round table "Promotion of energy efficiency in budgetary institutions and housing fund" within the VII international specialized exhibition "Energy saving and efficiency. Innovation technologies" held on 7 October 2015 in St. Petersburg.

On November 2-3, 2015, a media tour dedicated to the development of renewable energy sources (RESs) and energy efficiency took place in St. Petersburg. Journalists were shown examples of RESs based on solar, wind power, and geothermal energy. They saw an example of energy efficient renovation of a standard high-rise building of the 137 series carried out through joint efforts of homeowners and an energy service company.

In the end of the year 2013 the approaches to Climate Strategy for Saint-Petersburg were presented at the seminar, organized by City Natural Resources Committee in cooperation with Friends of the Baltic non-governmental organization. Experts presented data on the climate change consequences in the region, and proposals to urban environment adaptation to these consequences. This is a pioneer step in Russia to create a program for adaptation to various aspects of climate change consequences, but it still doesn’t include the low-carbon development plan.

On 11 April, a round table "The practice of improving energy efficiency in residential buildings" took place in Kolpino, a St.Petersburg suburb. Its participants discussed options for renovation of old buildings and construction of new ones in the context of energy efficient solutions. Such reconstruction can reduce heat losses by 3 to 7 times. This supports the slogan of the Russian Socio-Ecological Union campaign: "Energy efficiency is the biggest, cheapest and most clean source of energy in Russia."

The Energy Industry Expo 2011 Forum held in Yekaterinburg witnessed the concept of distributed energy system in the Sverdlovsk region. Representatives of regional authorities and of environmental organizations are sure that distributed network and renewable energy shall replace the excessively centralized energy system in the Urals.

Governor of Krasnoyarsk region has commissioned to find the funds for a wide-scale implementation of energy saving street lighting technologies in the region. Changing street light bulbs to LED lighting will reduce energy costs by 30% with a 6-year long payback time. Krasnoyarsk expects to receive 500 mln rubles from the federal budget to support energy saving measures.

Russian NGOs, members of the Russian Socio-Ecological Union, oppose placing a new major research nuclear reactor in the Volga region. The NGOs prepared the Report with evidence of the project risks and presented it at public hearings on August 26 in Dmitrovgrad.

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