Metropolis Environmental Policy Must Be Based on Real-Life Data

21 october 2016

"Environmental policy in a city as big as Moscow must be based on real data and meter readings rather than myths and journalistic clichés,” Evgeny Gasho, Analytical Center’s expert, said at the plenary session of the VI Research and Practice Conference on environmental issues entitled Scientific and Technological Advances: Contribution to Moscow’s Environment. “The metropolis of Moscow is the most complex and energy-packed in the world. In terms of heat consumption, it is equal to all the Scandinavian capitals and a dozen major cities in Canada combined, while per capita energy consumption by Muscovites is almost twice as low as that of the population of the warmer European countries. The rate of power consumption of the Russian capital's economy is lower by a quarter than that of Brussels."

According to the expert, Moscow is exposed to climatic anomalies, to which it needs to be fully prepared. Hence the Analytical Center’s active work on the problem of sustainable urban development. The experts have already done a lot of research in this area and published their recommendations based on the findings.

Evgeny Gasho also spoke at the Round Table discussion on the Introduction of the Best Available Technologies and Improvement of Resource Efficiency of Russian Enterprises. He presented the Development Principles of the Russian Information Technology Manual on the Best Available Energy Efficient Technologies and discussed energy saving practices in Russia and barriers to improving energy efficiency. He also justified the need to create a "horizontal" manual on the best available technologies.

One of the events of the forum was a Round Table discussion on IT Technology for Environmental Data Processing and Presentation moderated by Vasily Pushkin, Deputy Head of the Analytical Center. The discussion with a professional input from IT and environment protection experts focused on opportunities to develop information resources for data processing in relation to environmental monitoring and natural environment modelling, as well as the increasing volume of environmental data provided to general public.