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MOSCOW, December 03. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has given a number of instructions to the government on the results of a meeting of the Presidium of the Russian Presidential Council on Economic Modernization and Innovative Development. It was held on November 22 and focused on energy saving and energy efficiency, as Russian government’s website reported.
Thus, the Economic Development Ministry, Ministry of Industry and Trade and Energy Ministry are to submit to the government proposals “on setting and regular updating (toughening) of the requirements to the main technologies and facilities applied in the Russian economy sectors that would ensure the gradual limitation of the use of ineffective technology, facilities and products with subsequent ban on their use.”
By June 1, 2014, the Economic Development Ministry and Energy Ministry should submit to the government a bill on amending the Law “On Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency” that “provides for the adjustment and extension of the norms for the annual reduction of aggregate consumption of energy resources by budget-financed organisations up to 2020 with taking into account their factual energy saving potential, as well as for the introduction of requirements on the submission by organisations of declarations on the aggregate costs of energy resource consumption instead of the compulsory energy audit.”
In addition, Medvedev gave instructions to submit to the cabinet before April 2, 2014 draft sectoral roadmaps on the gradual introduction by 2018 in the main power-intensive economy sectors of innovation technology and modern materials. The instruction was issued to the Energy Ministry, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Construction Ministry, Transport Ministry, Agriculture Ministry and Economic Development Ministry.
The prime minister had also given instructions to submit to the Federal Service for Environmental, Technological, and Nuclear Supervision (Rostechnadzor) proposals on harmonization of Russian requirements on ensuring industrial safety in the designing, construction and use of facilities with corresponding regulatory acts of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Union. This instruction is aimed at the expansion of the use of innovative economically efficient energy saving technology. Rostechnadzor is also to analyse the materials and submit to the government corresponding proposals on the improvement of the regulatory acts.
The Economic Development Ministry is also required to submit to the government by June 5, 2014 proposals on the improvement of the energy saving programs and improvement of energy efficiency of the largest energy resource consumers from among the government-sponsored companies.