Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Maxim Reshetnikov: in 2022, we will start verification of climatic projects in accordance with international standards
27 September 2021 8:10

At the moment, a system of standards has been formed that will make it possible to assign a status to carbon-related projects. Rosstandart will approve all processes by the middle of November. And, starting from the end of this year, it will be possible to accredit greenhouse gas verification and validation bodies. Maxim Reshetnikov made this announcement of Russia's economic development in the course of his working visit to Sakhalin.

“As early as 2022, we will be able to begin the process of verification of climatic projects in accordance with Russian standards. These standards are based on internationally recognized standards,” the minister highlighted.

Maxim Reshetnikov and the Governor of the Sakhalin Region Valery Limarenko discussed the issues of greenhouse gas emissions within the framework of the carbon regulation experiment.

In the course of the meeting, Maxim Reshetnikov informed that the national system of financing of green projects and initiatives in the field of sustainable development is ready to be launched in Russia. The document was developed by the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia jointly with VEB.RF in accordance with instructions of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. The corresponding decree was signed by the Government of the Russian Federation. The package of documents approved by the Government includes some criteria for green and adaptation projects, as well as requirements for the verification system for such projects in Russia.

“Sakhalin Region is the first region in the country that plans to achieve the carbon neutrality in 2025. This is an important mission that imposes a special responsibility for addressing of issues of the global climatic agenda. We intend to achieve a balance of emission and absorption of greenhouse gases, and for this, we are implementing programs for gasification, development of alternative energy and “clean” transport, energy efficiency and sustainable forest management. The experience gained on Sakhalin will be subsequently extended to the whole country”, said Governor Valery Limarenko.

“Sakhalin Energy supports implementation of the experiment to achieve carbon neutrality in the region, actively participates in it. Determination of quotas for greenhouse gas emissions becomes a key issue of this process. It is necessary to consider development of a unified methodological quoting basis acceptable for all the involved parties. Sakhalin Energy proposes an approach that is based on the planned production output and industry average specific indicators of greenhouse gas emissions, taking into account the production chain segments: production, transportation and processing”, said Roman Dashkov, Chief Executive Officer of Sakhalin Energy.

“In the coming years, we plan to create a full-fledged infrastructure to minimize the carbon footprint from production activities in Uglegorsk District, which is the critical one for the business of our company. The Eastern Mining Company has already started the implementation of the Green Coal Cluster projects. It will include mainline conveyor to transfer coal from the open pit to the port. With a length of 23 km, it will be the longest conveyor in Russia. It will also include a wind farm with a design capacity of 67.2 MW, which is a record for the Far East. We are also considering a possibility to transfer the fleet of BelAZ dump trucks with a carrying capacity of 220 tons to the green power of electric traction. This is fully consistent with global environmental initiatives of our region”, commented Alexander Bosoy, director of the representative office of the Eastern Mining Company in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

Many companies are already taking actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, generating carbon reports, as well as reducing the carbon footprint of their products in response to demand from investors and consumers.

The minister also noted that development of electric transport and hydrogen technologies is being considered in the context of low-carbon development. Maxim Reshetnikov suggested the region to join the program for the electric transport development. “For Russia, these are new industries that will provide jobs and contribute to economic growth,” said the head of the department.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Sakhalin Region Vyacheslav Alenkov, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Sakhalin Region Vladimir Sidorenko, Chairman of the Executive Directors Committee, Chief Executive Officer of Sakhalin Energy Roman Dashkov, President of Exxon Neftegas Limited Shelley Beer, Director of the Representative Office of the Eastern Mining Company in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Alexander Bosoy.

Дата публикации: September 27, 2021
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