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At the 2nd International Conference on Environmental Development 'Belt and Road Initiative' Peter Bobylev, Director for Competition, Energy Efficiency, and Environment at the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia, and Zhu Tong, Director of Energy Economics Department at the Institute of Industrial Economics of China, discussed cooperation on energy and resource efficiency, environmental development and the circular economy in housing, energy and industry as well as opportunities for international cooperation on reducing and preventing pollution of the transboundary Amur and Irtysh Rivers.
The conference was held as part of the Russia-China "Energy Transition" Dialogue. The event was also attended by Wang Weijuan, Deputy Director General of the China Renewable Energy Association, representatives of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, experts and representatives of Russian and Chinese business associations.
Energy and resource conservation, improved energy and resource efficiency, and the introduction of cyclical economy principles are among the key factors needed to achieve the climate and environmental development goals of Russia and China. Among other things, the participants of the event discussed the recycling of ash and slag waste.
"Ash and slag waste from coal-fired thermal power plants in China is actively used for road construction, cement production, alumina production, as well as for the reclamation of waste disposal sites," Peter Bobylev said.
According to the Director, Russia is implementing the principles of energy efficiency and resource saving in all sectors of the economy, setting itself goals to reduce the negative anthropogenic impact on the environment, which is beneficial for the global climate agenda.
"At the same time, we are trying to avoid a negative impact on the tariffed sectors of the economy, on citizens' utility bills, and on the investment attractiveness of the sectors. In particular, introducing energy efficient technologies, optimizing energy production and consumption patterns, and reducing energy consumption through improved energy efficiency in the residential sector will enable us to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 7% already in the medium term. Furthermore, alongside the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the development of energy and resource efficiency allows us to reduce the amount of harmful emissions into the atmosphere," Peter Bobylev emphasized.