State support of energy saving sector to become more efficient

7 october 2014

“The situation around the government support of the industrial energy efficiency is getting better,” - said Pavel Svistunov, expert of the Analytical Center, at the roundtable “How to make enacted decisions on stimulating use and development of energy-efficient oil-extraction technologies work”.

The roundtable was held within the I Practical Conference “2014 Oil Extraction: Energy Efficiency”. In his report Pavel Svistunov pointed out that the measures of budget support of events, aimed at increasing energy efficiency in various sectors of the Russian economy, have utterly irregular and inconsequent nature.

The support of energy efficiency and resource-saving operations in the public sector was defined and set as one of the priorities of the state policy in this area. As a result, authorities took corresponding measures on different levels to stimulate these events. These measures included the mandatory energy audits of the buildings of state-financed organizations, setting a goal of an 3% annual reduction in energy consumption, special rules of the legal regulation of energy service contracts signed in the public sector, federal subsidies on the implementation of regional and municipal energy efficiency projects given to the regions of the Russian Federation, and others.

In industrial production there have been neither clearly defined state priorities and goals supporting these processes, nor lists of support measures until recently. An exception is the norms of accelerated amortization of energy-efficient equipment. However, the situation has been changing gradually. New techniques of classifying objects and technologies as energy-efficient, and the procedure of keeping a register of highly energy-efficient objects and technologies, which will later be used during the implementation of state support measures in this area, have been currently developed.