BAT reference book to undergo public discussions

21 april 2017

The Analytical Center has hosted the round table entitled Methods and Challenges of Economic Transition towards Sustainable Development, during which experts discussed the cross-industrial reference book of the best available technologies for improving energy efficiency.

Opening the event, Analytical Center expert Evgeny Gasho noted that while the Paris Climate Change agreement had been signed there was still quite a bit of uncertainty about the mechanisms for its legislative ratification. "For this reason it is important to develop a real mechanism that would prevent excessive cost both in the public sector and in industry," the analyst is sure. Mr. Gasho also noted that it was necessary to continue the work aimed at integrating the industrial policy with energy conservation and environmental protection efforts.

"We are in the final stage of creating a reference book of best available technologies to improve energy efficiency," said Deputy Head of the BAT Bureau Olga Chechevatova. The expert noted that one of the stages in the development of the reference book was public discussions. "We are going to publish this document online petty soon so anyone who wants can take a look and comment on it," Ms. Chechevatova said. All the comments and proposals are going to be reviewed and presented as feedback summaries, the expert explained.

She also noted that development of information references of this kind was a completely new approach. "Russia has never used consensus based documents before. Naturally, whenever some new type of document or practice is adopted it means it is going to be revised and refined down the road," Ms. Chechevatova said. "For this reason even after this document gets approved the work group behind it will not be disbanded, but rather will continue to make improvements to it."

Vladimir Maximov, Head of the Natural Resources and Environment Department of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, believes that environmentally sustainable development issues must be included throughout the energy strategy and other industry strategic planning documents. "Our main goal is transition from a resource-based economy to an innovative economy where growth comes from industries producing value added goods and services," the expert summed up.

Alexander Fadeyev, energy conservation expert with the Utilities Department of the Ministry of Construction of Russia, talked about what his ministry was doing in this area. "From the point of view of the approach as a whole, we have already adopted a strategy for the development of the utilities sector through 2020, which defines mechanism for improving the energy efficiency in the sector as a whole, including, specifically, addressing sewage removal and water treatment issues," the specialist said. Mr. Fadeyev noted his ministry had already created a database of the most effective technologies in the utilities sector. This year, a database of the most energy efficient technologies for construction will be created, the expert explained.

During the discussion the experts talked about what other improvements needed to be made to the reference of best available technologies for improving energy efficiency in business and/or other activities.