ST. PETERSBURG, June 3. / TASS /. Russia needs hundreds of incineration plants to generate clean energy since waste will never run out, Special Presidential Representative for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport Sergei Ivanov stated at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Thursday.
"Garbage will never end. It is just like the forest, the wind and the sun. I hope the sun will not go out, the wind will always be. We need to build incinerators so that there is less waste and more clean energy," Ivanov noted.
According to Ivanov, Russia needs hundreds of incineration plants. Five plants are already under construction, while 25 more are going to be built. Although this will not solve the problem to the full extent, it will be a big step forward, he concluded.
Russia launched the reform of waste management on January 1, 2019. It aims to make waste management more civilized as well as solve the problem with illegal dumps and significantly reduce the volume of waste disposed of at landfills. By 2024, only within the Ecology National Project’s framework, the country expects to build 220 new modern plants for the processing, storing and disposing waste. New national targets set the bar high for a waste management system by 2030. It is planned to send 100% of household waste for sorting, only 50% will be sent to dumps.
The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) organized by the Roscongress Foundation is running from June 2 to June 5. This year, the forum’s slogan is: "Together Again - Economy of New Reality." Within the SPIEF format, other forums will be held such as ones dubbed Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Healthy Society, Drug Security and the SPIEF Junior special youth workshop.
SPIEF-21 is being held in the offline format with the observance of all the epidemiological safety measures. TASS is an information partner and the official photo hosting agency of the forum.