"Today we are going to discuss key approaches to developing an integrated plan for increasing the energy efficiency of the Russian economy. The plan is currently being drafted by the Ministry of Economic Development at the request of the First Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich," said Tatiana Radchenko, Deputy Head of the Analytical Center, as she opened a Round Table discussion on "Key state policies in energy saving and improving energy efficiency" at the Analytical Center.
The experts’ discussion focused mainly on energy efficiency
targets and mechanisms for improving energy efficiency in key sectors of the
economy, as well as the need to update the previously adopted industry
regulations, including technical regulations.
Vitaly Kovalchuk, Assistant with the Department for Industry and Infrastructure in the Administration of the Russian Government, reminded those present that late last year a certain degree of confusion was evident in energy efficiency in Russia as experts in the field had no idea which direction the industry was going to develop in. "And finally, late this spring the government formulated a series of assignments that we need to find answers to together. It is important to understand whether or not barriers need to be removed, how to develop a culture of energy efficiency, what will happen to off-budget financing and a lot of other things," the expert said, adding that efforts are currently underway in all of these areas.
Analytical Center’s expert Dmitry Khomchenko talked about the government policy in energy conservation and increasing energy efficiency. In his opinion, the main problems the industry is facing stem from a lack of a coordinated government policy and the constantly expanding gap between Russia and most other countries when it comes to the introduction of energy preservation and energy efficient technologies. The expert is sure that Russia is facing major information and education challenges. "Not only is our population not ready for energy conservation, but the majority of our professionals are not ready either. So the main goal of the industry now is to create and promote information campaigns and train more professionals," Mr. Khomchenko believes. At the same time, the expert is convinced that isolated training seminars are not going to help because the need for energy efficiency competence is huge. "We need to treat this matter in a more systematic manner by launching specialized programs on TV and publishing information in newspapers and magazines. We need to break those stereotypes," the analyst said.
Among the problems the industry is facing the experts noted lack of coordination in how new regulations are introduced and, as a result, lack of standardized terminology.
The experts also discussed the problems and priorities of improving the energy efficiency of buildings and structures, the energy resources monitoring and recording system, as well as solar shingles, a domestic innovative energy conservation solution.