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The Ministry of Economic Development is currently working on an updated comprehensive plan to improve the energy efficiency of the Russian economy, together with Federal Executive authorities, constituent entities of the Russian Federation, and the expert and business community on behalf of the Government. This was announced by Mikhail Sonin, Director of the Competition, Energy Efficiency and Environment Department of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development, at a round table of the State Duma's profile Committee.
"According to our estimates, an additional 25% reduction in the energy intensity of GDP is possible due to the consistent establishment of restrictions on the use of inefficient equipment and technologies at the national level: in industry, energy, construction and major repairs of apartment buildings, public and industrial buildings, in the transport industry and the public sector. Also, the priority should be given to energy-efficient equipment when implementing the best available technologies and implementing national projects," Mikhail Sonin noted.
He stressed the need to implement a full-scale and modern instrument accounting of all consumed resources, in order to increase the reliability of which the devices should be integrated into modern information systems.
According to the Department Head, Russia's accession to the Paris agreement gives additional importance to the work on improving the energy efficiency of the country's economy. Russia has a significant potential for energy saving, and technological renewal with the introduction of energy-efficient technologies should be a key factor in its implementation.
Earlier, the Ministry of Economic Development has already submitted a list of priority measures to reduce the GDP energy intensity by 6%. Among them there were measures to increase the implementation of combined-cycle gas installations, modernize the housing stock with the introduction of individual heating points, energy-efficient lighting, insulation of facades and installation of metering devices, support SMEs in the implementation of energy-efficient projects, develop energy service activities and increase the efficiency of energy consumption in the public sector.
After extensive public and expert consultations and departmental approval the Ministry of Economic Development has prepared the draft strategy for long-term development of Russia with low greenhouse gas emissions until 2050 and submitted it to the Government in April 2020.