Energy Efficiency to Enhance the Competitiveness of the Russian Economy

14 august 2017

"Today, we will discuss draft integrated plan for improvement of energy efficiency of the Russian economy developed by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation with the aim of overcoming the barriers impeding the development of energy conservation mechanisms and improving energy efficiency in various sectors of the domestic economy, as well as reducing the gap in this area," said Mr Grigory Mikryukov, Head of the Division for Sectors of Economy of the Analytical Center, opening an event hosted by the Analytical Center.

The integrated plan provides for the adoption of a series of federal laws and regulations in late 2017 and during 2018, which serve as a legislative basis for further development of energy efficiency of the domestic economy, Analytical Center Expert Dmitry Khomchenko reminded. "The paper is aimed at developing measures for improving energy efficiency for both the producers and consumers of energy resources, and should have a significant impact on the situation with regard to energy saving and energy efficiency," the specialist believes. The integrated plan activities entail allocating liability in this area among various federal government authorities, setting up a working group for effective interaction with the constituent entities of the Russian Federation for work organization purposes, building a system of information support for government policy and developing a data portal for energy service contracts in order to simplify the procedures for preparing design documents and tendering procedures, and taking a number of steps aimed at boosting energy efficiency in the residential sector, public sector, etc.

Deputy Director of the Department of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Dmitry Vakhrukov emphasized that the key goals of the paper were to improve the competitiveness of the economy, to ensure technology update and low-carbon development of the economy. The structure of organizational change consists of several components, the specialist noted. "We need a coordinating platform for prompt decision-making, with the aim of ensuring effective interaction and setting common goals and objectives," Vakhrukov said. "Furthermore, there is a need to improve the structure of powers and regional policy. And, of course, it is important to create information support: improve official statistical accounting and "Energy Efficiency" GIS.

As for the structure of the plan's key actions, the expert believes that attention should be paid to energy production and consumption reduction through public education, energy consumption standardization and financing. It is also important to reduce losses through incentives, standardization and mandatory requirements. Other components of the plan mentioned by Mr Vakhrukov include business ratings, the expansion of tax privileges and process digitalization.

Apart from the plan, the representatives of authorities and experts discussed the current status of and long-term trends in the energy efficiency improvement mechanisms in various sectors of the domestic economy, as well as the challenges faced by the professional community in this area.

The event was held by the Analytical Center together with the Department for State Regulation of Tariffs, Infrastructural Reforms and Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.