Urban energy: opportunities for climate change mitigation and adaptation

A panel session on urban energy efficiency and economic impact of urban industrial enterprises on climate change has taken place on the premises of II International Urban Climate Forum on September 6, 2018.

The discussion was focused on Moscow urban area and food and drinks industry in particular since its contribution of more than 25% to the gross regional product. It has been noted that energy efficient approaches to production in this sector could become a driver for further technological modernization and reduction the environmental impact.

The Russian-British project on developing and testing energy efficiency instruments and promoting corporate climate leadership in Food and Drinks industry carried out by the Research Institute ‘Environmental Industrial Policy Centre’ and the British organization Ricardo Energy & Environment has become the focal point of the session, which was attended by more than 90 Russian and foreign specialists, including the Deputy Head of the Moscow Department of Environmental Management and Environmental Protection Eugenia Semutnikova, Department staff, representatives of the British Embassy in Moscow, Research Institute ‘Environmental Industrial Policy Centre’, representatives of food industry enterprises in Moscow and Moscow region and Technical Working Groups involved in drawing up Russian Reference Books on Best Available Techniques in food and drinks sector.


• Eugene GASHO, Head of Energy Conservation Laboratory, National Research University ‘Moscow Power Engineering Institute’, Head of Commission on environment, energy and sustainable development, Civic Chamber of Moscow (Russia);

• Jonathan PERKS, Principal Consultant, Ricardo Energy & Environment (UK)

• Reinhard ALBERT, German Environmental Protection Agency and expert of the German Russian Project ‘Climate friendly economic activities: implementing BAT in Russia’ (Germany)

• Oleg GREVTSOV, Head of the Department for Standardization, Methodology and Assessment of the Best Available Techniques, Research Institute ‘Environmental Industrial Policy Centre’ (Russia)

• Olga SERGIENKO, Head of the Department for Industrial Ecology and Life Safety, Saint Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (Russia)

• Anne GIRAULT, Head of the Paris Climate Agency (France)

• Galina ARTYUKHINA, Executive Director, Association of Nature Users for Sustainable Development (Kazakhstan)

• Mikhail GITARSKY, Head of Department for GHG emissions monitoring in energy and industry, Yu. Izrael Institute for Global Climate and Ecology (Russia)

Experts and participants of the discussion stressed that, in order to motivate companies to develop and test new approaches to energy efficiency, it is necessary to improve Russian laws and policies in this field and render support to enterprises introducing efficient equipment in their energy intensive processes.