Investments in energy efficiency in Russia increased by a quarter

In 2018, the investment in energy efficiency in Russia amounted to 188 billion rubles, which is 26% higher than in 2017 and 2016, However, these funds are not enough. The energy intensity of the Russian economy is not declining for the past four years. Only during the last 10 years it decreased by 9%. The information contained in the report of the Ministry of economic development presented on Thursday.

In 2008, the government planned to reduce by 40% the energy intensity of the economy by 2020, however, the Ministry believes that the current rate will allow to reach this target only in 2043,

It happened because of the growth of commodity economy and energy demand, but the introduction of energy saving technologies restrain their consumption, said Deputy Minister of economic development Mikhail Rasstrigin. According to him, over the past three years, energy efficiency technologies have allowed the Russian companies to save 340 billion rubles.

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In 2019 household metering devices were equipped with only 61% of apartment buildings, although the program was to be completed in 2012 3636 apartment buildings, or 27% of the launched in 2018, have increased the energy efficiency class. More than half of all existing homes consume twice the energy compared to their modern counterparts.

the Energy intensity of Russia’s GDP is 46% higher than the world level. Russia’s economy has significant potential for energy savings, it will free up fossil fuel for export, “green” balance energy consumption, reduce emissions and improve the quality of life, the report said. To improve energy efficiency by using modern technology, according to the Ministry. NAPRimer, at the expense of combined cycle gas turbine units at thermal power plants, installations of the combined production of electricity and heat, electrification and gasification of transport, modern energy efficient buildings and advanced metering of energy consumption.

Main efforts should be applied in the sectors which consume the greatest amount of energy, Rasstrigin said: “a Large part of our energy mix is gas – 60%. A large proportion of consumed energy, and for example, it is very important to the early introduction of gas-turbine technologies in energy production. If at all power plants that consume natural gas, to supply combined-cycle plant, we can save about one third of its gas”.