"The situation with energy management in Russia is currently quite complex. All the companies that are present in the market are operating independently with little coordination," said Vitaly Kovalchuk, the referent of the Department for Industry and Infrastructure of the Government of the Russian Federation, as he opened a roundtable on the introduction of an energy management system at Russian companies.
During the discussion experts talked about the role and place of an energy management system in the comprehensive action plan to improve the energy efficiency of the Russian economy, as well as the process of creating and introducing company energy management systems based on the ISO 50001 standard and ways to integrate them into the management system already used by companies.
"We have conducted a study and found that 50% of Russian companies do not have a working energy management system. The reason for that is that they lack the 6 key elements in the organization of the system," said the chief technical officer of Nortech Group Vyacheslav Pshenichnikov. The expert noted that the ISO 50001 standard introduces 6 key notions (concepts): commitment (role and responsibility), significant energy uses, energy performance indicators, a list of opportunities (an action plan), operations control (operations management) and continuous improvement (corrective actions, management review).
Maxim Eliseev, National Expert with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), talked about the outcomes of introducing energy management systems at 52 companies across Russia as well as about the international experience in promoting and supporting the introduction of energy management systems. The expert believes that companies should be fined if they do not have a certified energy management system or if the system that they do have is not functioning properly, he is also of the opinion that energy management systems should be a required element of industrial health and safety (energy safety).
As other possible options for supporting the introduction of energy management systems in Russia Mr. Eliseev mentioned reducing or canceling some taxes, introducing free or subsidized inspections and audits, giving priority to companies with working energy systems during biddings for state contracts and others. "We could, for example, have the state refund up to 50% of the cost of introducing an energy management system, up to a certain maximum amount, but only on condition that the right kind of energy management system has been introduced and that it is effective and meets all the requirements of the state standard. For example, refunds could be offered one year after the initial introduction, confirmation of the outcomes and certification of the system using the GOST R 56743-2015 methodology," the expert suggested.
Participants in the roundtable believe that the main obstacles to the introduction of an energy management system include the lack of a clearly formulated state energy conservation strategy backed by relevant legislations, the fact that companies do not have to meet the requirements of state energy management standards and the lack of energy conservation incentives at the state level.