Irkutskenergo wins the the Climate and Responsibility 2015 National Competition on August 26

On August 26, Irkutskenergo won the Climate and Responsibility 2015 National Competition in the Best Organization in the Sphere of Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction among Organizations in the Manufacturing Industry with Emissions Exceeding 150,000 tons of CO2 Equivalent per Year category. With a total score of 514.10 points, Irkutskenergo outperformed OJSC Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Mill, which ranked second, by 107 points. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Irkutsk Region ranked third in the Best Federal Subject of Russia category with a total score of 390.27 points. This was achieved through energy conservation and energy efficiency measures implemented at PJSC Irkutskenergo's CHPPs and HPPs in order to improve the environment in the Irkutsk Region.

The Climate and Responsibility 2015 National Competition for the best initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions was organized at the suggestion of the ETALON Inter-Regional Health and Safety Association and supported by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the All-Russia Public Organization Delovaya Rossiya.

The aim of the competition is to promote a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Russia by 2020 to a level not exceeding 75% of the 1990 level in accordance with Order No. 752 of the President of the Russian Federation dated September 30, 2013 by promoting GHG emission reduction among organizations operating in Russia and among federal subjects of Russia. Incentives to engage organizations in GHG emission reduction initiatives and encourage increased participation of local governments and organizations, regardless of their size and line of business, also contribute to a reduction in emissions. In addition, the competition promotes best practices in GHG emission accounting and management at the level of organizations and federal subjects of Russia; it helps to identify "problem areas" in the existing system for government regulation of GHG emissions and mechanisms for economic support of projects to reduce GHG emissions.

Participants of the competition demonstrate their corporate culture in the sphere of GHG emission reduction, their achievements in this area and the competency of their specialists.

Any organizations and associations operating in Russia, regardless of their form of incorporation and line of business, as well as municipalities and federal subjects of Russia that have applied to participate and have provided the necessary information may enter the competition.

Overall, 15 federal subjects of Russia, 40 municipalities and 51 organizations took part in the competition. They competed in seven categories: the best federal subject of Russia, the best municipality, the best organization in the manufacturing industry (over 150,000 tons of CO2 equivalent per year), the best organization in the manufacturing industry (50,000 to 150,000 tons of CO2 equivalent per year), the best organization in the manufacturing industry (less than 50,000 tons of CO2 equivalent per year), the best non-manufacturing organization, and the best small enterprise (up to 100 employees).

The key assessment criteria included changes in GHG emissions per unit of output, compliance of the current level of emissions with the GHG emission reduction target, financing of projects to reduce GHG emissions, and the quality of the GHG emission monitoring, reporting and audit system.

Oleg Prichko, CEO of PJSC Irkutskenergo: "Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is one of the top priorities for PJSC Irkutskenergo. Between 2012 and 2014, PJSC Irkutskenergo reduced emissions by about 7.2 mln tons of CO2equivalent by implementing measures to improve energy efficiency as part of its Energy Conservation Program, performing upgrades and overhauls (replacement of rotor wheels at the Bratskaya HPP), using less carbon-intensive fuel (construction of a gas-fueled boiler house and burning of timber waste at CHPPs in Bratsk) and using renewable energy sources (installation of a heat pump at the Ust-Ilimskaya HPP). Expenditure on these measures totaled RUB 3.2 bln."

Press service of PJSC Irkutskenergo 

August 30, 2016
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