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The Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation has sent a draft Federal law "On amendments to the Federal law "On energy saving and energy efficiency improvement and on amendments to certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation" to the relevant departments for approval and published it on the Federal portal of normative legal acts for public discussion.
"The adoption of the draft law will help to remove the excessive administrative burden on the budget sector, as well as take into account the specifics of energy saving programs of budget institutions and state - owned companies when setting requirements for their development," said Ilya Torosov, Deputy Minister of economic development of Russia.
The bill proposes to exempt budgetary institutions located in rented buildings or premises, or provided to them under gratuitous use contracts, which are not actual payers of utilities, from the obligation to implement energy saving programs.
In such cases, the utility fee is included in the total amount of the rental payment or is carried out by the owner of the building (premises), and budget institutions do not have information about their actual consumption of energy resources and water, as well as the potential for energy saving, without which it is impossible to implement energy-saving measures.
As a result, such budgetary institutions develop "zero" energy saving programs, which is an excessive administrative burden.
The bill provides for the separation of requirements for energy saving programs for state-owned companies and budget institutions, and also gives the Russian Government the authority to establish them.
The Ministry of Economic Development of Russia also updated the requirements for energy efficiency of electric lamps.
The Ministry of Economic Development has developed a draft resolution that improves the requirements for energy efficiency of lighting products approved for circulation in Russia. The document is published on the Federal portal of normative legal acts for public discussion.
The draft resolution excludes the requirement for starting currents. The document specifies the features of the power supply, control and design systems, both for light sources and lamps, in order to bring them into compliance with modern international standards, including the requirements of the European Commission Regulation EU 2019/2020 of October 1, 2019.
These changes will allow domestic manufacturers to refocus on the production of more technological, liquid and competitive lighting products on international markets.
The document makes it easier for businesses to enter the market of lighting products in Russia, for which the presence of excessive and outdated requirements was previously a serious barrier.
The draft resolution was developed in connection with the recognition as invalid from January 1, 2021 of the decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1356 of November 10, 2017 "On approval of requirements for lighting devices and electric lamps used in AC circuits for lighting purposes".