22.02.2014

Khanty-Mansiysk as a new pilot city in Green Capacity

After our visit to Khanty-Mansiysk in the beginning of February they have now agreed to become an official partner city of the Green Capacity branding campaign.

Khanty-Mansiysk is the administrative centre of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug and was founded in 1930. Today the population is around 80.000 which are more than twice the number of inhabitants back in the Soviet times.
The city is an oil boom town and along with the rest of the region it covers the majority of the Russian oil production which gives it great economic importance.

Khanty-Mansiysk is looking forward to learn about the Danish experience in the area of energy saving and energy efficiency among other things within technology improvements, as well as we are very much looking forward to future cooperation and are delighted to welcome Khanty-Mansiysk on board.  

12.02.2014

Continuation of the successful Low Hanging Fruits Projects in 2014 – Now for water and environment!

The Low Hanging Fruits project is on-going, and the activities and attention it has caused, had aroused a deep interest from the regions and partners there. This is to be seen after promotion of the project in 7 Russian cities.

During our promotion of Low Hanging Fruits different Russian Companies and Banks have shown interest for the project as well: Sberbank, IFC, UNIDO, VEB (vneshekonombank) and the Companies: Fortum, OMZ (Uralmash), E4 and GPB-EnergoEffect Ltd, who are now following our project and cooperating with us and Danish companies on energy efficiency and environmental projects within the framework of Low Hanging Fruits. Therefore the Trade Council Russia will continue this successful initiative in 2014!

Environment as a new focus!

The new initiative in the area of the Low Hanging Fruits projects is to include environmental projects in our LHF concept to thrive from the recent developments in this sector. The Danish Environment Protection Agency would like the projects to focus on Water and Wastewater, Air Quality, Recycling and Waste Resource efficiency.

To be able to identify and make early business opportunities, we will focus on 2 regions in the first round, where it is planned to promote the energy efficiency and environmental reference book at various seminars. The regions will be St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast where DEPA already has signed MOU for cooperation’s and other regions identified in cooperation with potential partners as the Russian Ministry of Environment, The St. Petersburg Initiative, NIB, NEFCO, NDEP.

After starting our Low Hanging Fruits Projects we have already established several projects and they’re now being implemented. Among on-going projects are:

• Pumping Project at Mosvodokanal in Moscow

• Biomass project at Ford in Leningrad Oblast

• Energy efficient projects at government utility companies in Khanty-Mansiysk

• Energy efficient projects at TGK 11 in Tomsk Oblast

• Renewable energy project in the republic of Komi

• Heating Supply project in Kazan with UNIDO

In the light of our recent projects we now see a growing demand for Low Hanging Fruits Projects in the regions of Russia. Furthermore the visit from the , now former, Danish Minister for Environment, Mrs Ida Auken, in September 2013, resulted in several memorandums and agreements on cooperation within the water and wastewater sector which has laid the ground for implementing environmental Low Hanging Fruits projects in St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast.

Among the agreements on cooperation are:

• The Danish company ‘Vand Center Syd’ and ‘St. Petersburg Vodokanal’ signed a memorandum which makes it possible to train and educate a great number of Russian water managers from throughout North West Russia.

• The Danish company ‘Per Aarsleff’ recently signed yet another contract with the Russian water and wastewater company ‘Pskov Vodokanal’ for the renovation of the water pipelines in Jubilaynaya street next to the Alexander Nevsky bridge in St. Petersburg. This contract is of the value of 1.2 million Euros.

• An agreement between the ‘Housing Committee of Leningrad Oblast’ and the Danish ‘Export Credit Fund’ (EKF) is expected to be signed in the nearest future. The business agreement involves financing of two concrete projects in Gatchina Vodokanal’s wastewater treatment collector. The total investment will be about 730 thousand Euros. The realization of this project is expected to be in 2014.

Furthermore the signed protocol between the, now former, Danish Minister for Environment Mrs. Ida Auken and the governor of Leningrad oblast A.Y. Drozdenko, a protocol that identifies six priority areas with water supply and discharge systems as one of them - as well as the newly signed protocol between the, now former, Minister Mrs. Ida Auken and the Vice-Governor M. P. Mokretsov on a framework for environmental cooperation between St. Petersburg Administration and Ministry for Environment of Denmark – increases the Danish activity within the area of water and wastewater treatment in St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast.

The Low Hanging Fruits Reference Book

The launch of the first Reference Book in August 2013 was only the first step. Trade Council Russia is already searching for new projects with potential for Danish companies, which will be collected in the second version of the “Low Hanging Fruits Reference Book”, which is expected ready for publication in April 2014.

The second Reference Book will also include projects on environmental issues in the area of for example Water

20.12.2013

Brix & Kamp on the World Map in Russia

The Russian President, Mr Vladimir Putin, and the Governor of Pskov, Andrei Turchak, put the Danish company and member of the Energy and Environment Club, Brix & Kamp, on the world map after mentioning the engineering company as the key player in a major energy renovation project in the western part of Russia.

A meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Governor of Russia's Pskov region, Andrei Turchak, took place on December 15 as part of the efficiency project of Russia's energy resources. The agenda for the meeting was the establishment of the free federal economic zone in Russia, Moglino, a business park , which is about to shoot up a few kilometers outside Pskov.

Moglino Industrial Park is one of just five economic free zones in Russia, which the federal government has given special privileges to open for special experiments with international business relations. The purpose of the project is a conversion of fossil fuels to biomass and in the context of creating jobs in Russia. Moglino must incorporate both national and international companies from industrial sectors to produce agricultural equipment, electrical equipment, railway equipment and construction material. The free economic zone of Moglino has opened the doors to Russia for the North Jutland engineering firm Brix & Kamp. Brix & Kamp and its sister company, Danish Energy technology, will now help the western Russian region in making the transition from fossil fuels to biofuels.

During the meeting Putin and Turchak discussed investment and the implementation of Moglino’s industrial production. One of Putin's questions to Turchak in this regard was the establishment of especially foreign companies in the area.

"There is already a Danish company, Brix & Kamp, manufacturer of boiler equipment that have settled in Moglino. The company is actively involved in our energy efficiency program. We are dependent on imported fuels, which can be converted to local fuels. This company is engaged in the production of energy-efficient equipment. "(source: Passivhus Nordvest)

Andrei Turchak pointed out that Brix & Kamp to help with the conversion of the region's fuel for local fuels and they are the first company that is associated with the project.

29.11.2013

The Trade Council Russia presents the first joint Danish Stand at Woodex 2013

Woodex 2013 in Moscow is the 13th international exhibition of equipment and technologies for the woodworking industry. The exhibition is well known in the industry as an important information and communication platform to establish new business contacts, to maintain existing ones, to promote the development of cooperation and sharing know-how.

This year’s exhibition took place on November 26-29, where more than 400 exhibitors from 29 countries participated in the event held in the 1st pavilion of Crocus Expo, in Moscow.

The official opening ceremony took place November 26 at 12 p.m. at the stage in the lobby of the exhibition pavilion. Here Niels-Erik Lundvig the chairman of the Association of Danish Manufacturers of Machines for the Wood Industry, SMT, officially welcomed and opened the exhibition, along with colleagues from other countries associations. Many of the exhibitors and associations have attended the event several times and Niels-Erik Lundvig expressed his gratitude for the event on behalf of the wood industry in Denmark.

The Trade Council Russia has this year gathered the three companies Danlist A/S, C.F. Nielsen A/S and Opel-P Group A/S plus the association SMT to establish the first joint Danish stand on Woodex. At the Danish stand the companies exhibited their products which was all from manual notch cutting machines, briquettes and briquetting solutions to turnkey customized production solutions shown on 42” B&O TV’s. The Danish companies complemented each other well and the joint stand was a great representative to promote Danish wood working industry as a whole.

The Danish stand created a lot of attention, where one could try the machines or see how wood waste can be transformed into value. Combined with the visual film presentations of larger solutions the Danish stand had a great start to Woodex 2013.  

On the evening of the opening day, November 26, the Danish national stand was invited to a reception at the Danish Embassy in Moscow along with their established and new business contacts. At the reception the Danish Ambassador in the Russian Federation Mr. Thomas Winkler addressed the participant and wished them a good time in Moscow and a successful exhibition at Woodex.

Woodex Moscow is the largest specialized trade fair introducing the leading international manufacturers of timber and woodworking equipment. The latest products, trends, developments and services in the areas of woodworking, pulp production, forest management is presented to an expert audience in several, creatively designed booths. In addition to the exhibition there are also interesting presentations in a pleasant atmosphere that perfectly complement the exhibition. For 15 years Woodex Moscow has been the leading woodworking forum in Russia attracting more participants and visitors every year.

For more information follow this link 

19.11.2013

Grundfos: 15 year’s presence in St. Petersburg and this year’s Partner of the Year!

November 1, 2013, Grundfos celebrated its 15 years anniversary in the Russian city of St. Petersburg. During this celebration the Consulate General in St. Petersburg, Green Capacity and the Low Hanging Fruits project awarded Grundfos with the title of ‘Partner of the Year’- a title which the company is the first to receive.

Grundfos has been a strong representative for Danish companies and industry within St. Petersburg and Russia. The company has proven itself to be a tentative leader in the sector of pumps and pump solutions and have attained great success and a reputation for providing quality solutions to the Russian market.

Grundfos has furthermore been an active partner in Green Capacity, always represented during our several arrangements; the visit of Danish Crown Princess Mary as well as the visit from the Danish Minister for Environment, Mrs. Ida Auken.

The Low Hanging Fruits projects have enjoyed great support from Grundfos, who have actively participated to develop our Low Hanging Fruit Reference book, which was published this year. Grundfos is continuing to show support for the next edition of the Reference Book, which is expected to be launched in April, 2014.

Grundfos’ enthusiastic support for our projects and participation in our arrangements does not go unnoticed, that is why we are proud to call Grundfos this year’s ‘Partner of the Year’, with hope and wishes for future collaboration and success in the Russian market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19.11.2013

Successful District Heating Drive in Tyumen and Chelyabinsk

On November 11-15, 2013 the Danish Consulate General in St. Petersburg in cooperation with the Danish Board of District Heating (DBDH), arranged and participated together with the Danish companies in the District Heating Sector Visit to the regions of Tyumen and Chelyabinsk.

On November 14 the Danish delegation reached the region of Chelyabinsk, which was the last part of their visit in Siberia. The aim for the Danish delegation was here to share and discuss experiences on energy efficiency and introduce the concept of “Low Hanging Fruits”. The latter is a specific way to implement energy efficient technology through projects with a short payback period which lately have enjoyed great success in Russia, with concrete results and agreements to follow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As for Tyumen, the Danish delegation also had meetings with the energy company Fortum, which delivers 90% of all the consumed energy in Tyumen and Chelyabinsk and is an absolute monopolist in the sector. Furthermore the delegation had a meeting with the Vice-Chairman of Chelyabinsk Oblast Government Mr. Sergei Shall. The Vice-Guvernor is responsible for infrastructure, building and housing sectors in the region and the meeting led to fruitful talks on cooperation with the Oblast and Fortum. The plan of a future visit to Denmark was taken. The planned visit to Denmark will be a small delegation visit partaken by 5-6 persons from Fortum and local contractors within the District Heating Sector, focused on being inspired and learning from Danish experiences and technologies.

DBDH and the Danish Consulate General in St. Petersburg already have a very fruitful relationship with Fortum from a previous DBDH Sector Visit and the forthcoming visit to Denmark will therefore be a unique opportunity to follow up and strengthen the cooperation between Fortum and Danish companies in the sector.

The power company Fortum owns five combined heat and power plants in Chelyabinsk and two combined heat and power plants in Tyumen with an annual production of 16.1TWh electricity and 26.8TWh heat.

 

 

14.11.2013

Visit to Tyumen: Catches the Attention of the Russian Media

November 11 to 15 the Danish Consulate General in St. Petersburg, in cooperation with the Danish Board of District Heating (DBDH), arranged and participated in the District Heating Sector Visit to the regions of Tyumen and Chelyabinsk, together with several Danish companies.

The aim for the Danish delegation is to share and discuss experiences on energy efficiency and introduce the concept of “Low Hanging Fruits”. The task of the latter is to show the Russian public services and industry, specific ways to implement energy efficient technology through projects with a short payback period. The presentation of the “Low Hanging Fruits” took place at the round table meeting focused on: "Increasing energy efficiency of enterprises, housing and communal services of Tyumen region“.

The visit to Tyumen caught the eyes of the Russian media and shows just how ripe the Russian public as well as the official Russia is to implement energy efficient technology into their vast production apparatus.

Tyumen service utilities are currently at a very bad condition. The chain of losses is simply depressing – to the consumer comes in the best case 37.5 % of the produced heat! One tenth of the heat is lost during production, 4% during transportation. Another 11.5% during distribution and 10% for regulating the inside buildings. Finally - the greatest loss - 27% - is due to open doors and windows. In other words – Money to the wind!

Forecasts of economists is not comforting, if Tyumen will continue to be careless about saving resources, by 2017 they will have to pay for heat 5 times more than the inhabitants of the Scandinavian countries. A task that the Danish companies Desmi, Grundfos, Logstor, Danfoss, Salling Plast and Aalborg Engineering participating in the visit are eager to change.

The District Heating Sector Visit started November 11 and 12 in the region of Tyumen, where the Danish delegation attended the opening of the International Russian-Danish conference on energy saving and energy efficiency in Tyumen Technopark and visited the Tyumen State Oil and Gas University.

Furthermore the head of the Administration of Tyumen Alexander Moor and the Deputy Governor of the Tyumen region, Vladimir Mazur, met with the Danish delegation. The head of the Tyumen region, Vladimir Yakushev, took the delegation out to visit companies of the Tyumen region. The delegation also visited the Finnish energy company Fortum at Tyumen CHP-1 plant – a company that share a lot of the common interest of Denmark - to test their innovations, to conserve heat in Russia.

 

The visit to Tyumen showed that there still is a lot space for improvement. The delegation will continue their visit to Chelyabinsk on November 14 and 15.

If you wish to watch a video of the visit to Tyumen please follow this link.

Below you can see selected articles as well as a video from the Russian media about the sector visit to Tyumen (in Russian):

Uralpolit

Aktualno

Tyumenskaya Liniya

Tyumen Oblast

Newsprom.ru

Vslukh.ru

Russkaya Planeta

Nash Gorod

Tyumenskaya Zhizn

GTRK “Region Tymen”

Vesti

24.10.2013

Article from our Newest Partner GPB - EnergoEffect Ltd: Energy Performance Contracts Have Potential But Are Underestimated by the Current Market

Source: Press Office of GPB – EnergoEffect Ltd.
(Gazprombank – EnergoEffect Ltd. is a subsidiary energy service company of Gazprombank)


Debt finance of the Russian energy efficiency market can reach up to 2 trillion rubles by 2015 (data from http://www.eprussia.ru/). Current level of financing is a fraction of this. It’s expected that the market of energy saving will receive around 3.5 trillion rubles by 2015 as investment.

This means that Russian market of energy efficiency finance is still in its development phase. One of the most significant bottlenecks for regional or state-financed sector customers is difficult budget planning procedure when it comes to long-term energy performance contracts (in Russia a term ‘long’ usually means 5-7 year contracts).

However, despite some difficulties, there are plenty of positive developments in the sector of energy efficiency finance. Using examples of our own projects, we can say that the scale of energy performance projects has significantly increased in 2012-2013. Now we are looking at projects in energy sphere like a big-scale boiler houses refurbishment, modernization of energy consuming equipment for industrial customers as well as creation of distributed generation whilst 2011-12 we were mainly dealing with small projects in street lighting.

There are a couple of factors influencing this development in Russia. One of the most significant ones is a critical condition of state-financed central heating infrastructure. Energy performance contracts are a mechanism which allows modernization without tariff increases since this financial structure is based on a payback from the savings achieved as a result of energy services performed by an energy service company (ESCO).

Private business is also becoming interested in practicing energy performance contracts. Most of Russian companies in big industry are trying to reduce their energy intensity under the framework of the current energy efficient legislation. ESCO mechanisms allow them to modernize infrastructure without putting any debt on balance sheets and, at the same time, leaving their own funds free for other optimization purposes.


We believe, however, that a very significant part of ESCO market is yet to be developed as many state-financed and private companies are not aware of the energy performance contracts’ benefits. That is why a proper promotion and popularization of this kind of finance is important for further development of the Russian modernization agenda. From our company’s experience it can be noted that a greater number of requests for boiler houses modernization have been received after we got involved into a big energy service project with Nizhny Novgorod’s heating operator Teploenergo. Expected annual savings are going to be 300 million rubles, the project is going to run until 2019.


Seeing how vital actual information about real projects is, GPB-EnergoEffect Ltd. decided to conduct an informational campaign in a couple of selected regions this and next year. The aim of the campaign will be to inform local media, businesses and state-owned companies about what we do in energy efficiency and how their region can benefit from it. We hope our efforts will benefit Russian energy efficiency agenda by further developing energy finance market.

22.10.2013

The Global Green Growth Forum (3GF): A Green Growth Path to a Green Economy

The 3rd Global Green Growth Forum takes place in Copenhagen October 21 and 22, 2013.

The cross-cutting theme of this year’s Global Green Growth Forum is “Improving resourceefficiencies in the value chain”. In order to improve the efficient use of resources and minimise the negative impact on sustainability, we need to look at the entire life cycle of a product or a process. How to ensure sustainable and efficient use of resources whilst minimizing, or even reusing, waste and losses.

New models of growth – The world needs a major industrial transition if it is expected to meet the needs of 9 billion people by 2050. The creation of new paradigms and models of growth will help change mind-sets in order to balance the short-term gains and the long-term sustainability of the global economy. This includes using resources more efficiently and more sustainably.

PPPs as drivers of green growth - Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are the cornerstone of 3GF’s work and a key enabler to accelerate transition to an inclusive green economy. 3GF helps identify, promote and launch potential PPPs with a particular focus on achieving speed-to-scale across borders.

Better collaboration across sectors – The mission of 3GF is to explore and demonstrate better collaboration and partnerships among leading businesses, investors and key public institutions that can lead to new models of inclusive and sustainable growth created by all and for all.

Going green as a viable pathway - The Green Investment Report 2013 points to the need for an increase in green investments of at least USD 700 billion per year to meet the challenges of climate change. Studies from OECD, UNEP and the World Bank conclude that the economic opportunity in going green is worth several trillion dollars between now and 2030. A World Bank report states that USD 1.700 billion of investments in land, water and energy could yield economic returns of around USD 3.000 billion per year. Going green is increasingly considered by both public and private actors as a viable pathway to growth.

If you wish to read more about the aims of this year’s 3GF please follow this link.

If you wish to know more about the 3GF as a concept please follow this link.

If you wish to see the program for this year’s 3GF please follow this link.

22.10.2013

7 Danish companies participated in the 2 days visit to Khanty-Mansiysk 16-17 of October with concrete results

Energy and Environmental Club Russia

Successful visit to Siberia's Khanty-Mansiysk

The Consulate General and Danish companies have recently been very active in the region of Khanty-Mansiysk.

To follow up on the fruitful cooperation with Khanty-Mansiysk, 7 members of the Energy and Environment Club attended the annual Energy Efficiency Forum in Khanty-Mansiysk October 2013.

The Danish companies Grundfos, COWI, Hvidtved Larsen, Era-Power, Per Aarsleff, Weiss and Logstor participated in the event and continued the Danish success in the region with several agreements and plans for future cooperation.

The three companies Era-Power, Logstor and Weiss teamed up on the project “Kandinsky” on renewal of pipes, cleaning of boilers and the installation of new boilers in the region.

Khanty-Mansiysk Vodokanal (municipal enterprise of water supply and waste water treatment) engaged in dialogue with Grundfos on a project on a pumping station and with Hvidtved Larsen the plan of purchasing a new sewer cleaning tanker was taken.

These three projects will now be part of the new protocol signed between the Government of Khanty-Mansiysk and the Low Hanging Fruits concept.

The Energy and Environment Club has together with the administration of Khanty-Mansiysk agreed to let COWI continue the identification of more projects. Four new Low Hanging Fruits projects have been identified so far, two in Khanty-Mansiysk and the others in Nizhnevartovsk and Surgut.

To follow up on these projects the Consulate General and COWI will return to Khanty-Mansiysk in November 2013 to sign a protocol on the projects. These above mentioned projects and the new identified will all be part of the new protocol signed between the Government of Khanty-Mansiysk and the Low Hanging Fruit concept.

Furthermore the company Haldor Topsoe will revisit the region in November 2013 to follow up on their Memorandum of Understanding on a new gas to gasoline plant signed with the Governor Natalya V. Komarova in June 2013.

All new projects will furthermore be part of the second edition of the "Low Hanging Fruits Reference Book” expected to be published in April 2014.

The Consulate General and COWI have additionally agreed with the administration to look closer into the financing of the projects. Among other things freezing the tariffs at today's level to secure the cash flow for payback and furthermore look upon the opportunities to ease the financing on the projects in the utility and social sector through tax exemption will be discussed.

The strong relationship between Denmark and Khanty-Mansiysk has been established through several visits. Former Danish Minister for Trade and Investment Pia Olsen Dyhr’s visited the region in October 2012 and the Governor of Khanty-Mansiysk Natalya V. Komarova visited Denmark in June 2013.

 

Khanty-Mansiysk is the administrative centre of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug and was founded in 1930. Today the population is around 80.000 which is more than twice the number of inhabitants back in the Soviet times.

The city is an oil boom town and along with the rest of the region it covers the majority of the Russian oil production which gives it great economic importance.

In the beginning of February 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk agreed to become an official partner city of the Green Capacity branding campaign.

21.10.2013

Danish energy offensive in Russia

Green Capacity's new energy and environmental project in the Russian regions 'Low Hanging Fruits' has this August (2013) resulted in the first edition of the 'Low Hanging Fruits Reference Book '. This release has overall energy efficiency projects from 11 Danish companies and members of the 'Energy and Environment Club' ( Grundfos , Era Power, Rambol , APV Teplotex , Danfoss, Kamstrup , Per Aarsleff , Rockwool , Logstor, Weiss Envikraft and Haldor Topsoe ) in this catalog , to serve as a practical reference for future projects. The projects contained in the book are primarily projects in the field of energy efficiency with a payback period of less than five years.

The catalog can be downloaded from the website: www.greencapacity.ru, but can also be ordered in hard copy by contacting the following email address: klasor@um.dk. Further, the catalog was distributed in Moscow, Tomsk, Chelyabinsk, Tyumen, Arkhangelsk, Murmansk, Krasnodar, St.Petersburg as well as many other cities.

The green Russia of the future
The launch of the first 'Reference Book' is only the first step in a continuing process. The need for projects focusing on energy savings - and efficiency is continuing in the Russian market. Already now the Trade Council Russia is searching to identify new projects with potential for Danish companies. These new projects will be launched in the second version of the 'Low Hanging Fruits Reference Book' which is scheduled for publication in April 2014.

Future projects in Khanty- Mansiysk
In the identification of new projects the Trade Council Russia and 6 Danish companies (COWI , Hvidtved Larsen , ERA Power Weiss, Per Aarsleff , Logstor and Grundfos) participates among others in the 13th edition of the annual Energy and Environment Forum in Khanty- Mansiysk from the 16th to the 17th of October 2013. Due to the Trade Councils longstanding cooperation with the oil-rich region of Khanty-Mansiysk it is possible to identify new energy efficiency projects where Danish expertise can contribute to the optimization of energy production and consumption in the region. During a round-table discussion with the Deputy Governor of the Khanty- Mansiysk, Dimitry Viktorovich Shapoval, and the Danish companies, there was ample opportunity to contribute to the new 'Low Hanging Fruits' projects.

Future projects in Tyumen and Chelyabinsk
Further, there is a possibility to identify new projects in the district heating sector in Tyumen and Chelyabinsk in connection with a DBDH-trip from the 11th to 15th of November 2013. The primary focus will be to meet relevant partners during the round-table meetings and be informed about ongoing projects and discuss possibilities for cooperation with Danish companies. The Danish companies participating in this trip (Desmi, Grundfos, Logstor, Danfoss, Salling Plast and Aalborg Engineering) will during the set B-2-B meetings and networking activities come in close contact with the players of the Russian district heating sector and thereby maximize the possibility of identifying new 'Low Hanging Fruits' projects.

Future projects in Tomsk
At a meeting between the Consulate General and TGK -11 (energy producer in Tomsk) opened up a wide range of potential projects in production and consumption of energy where Danish companies' expertise could promote the area's energy efficiency. In collaboration with the Institute for International Cooperation (Interrao) the Consulate General sets up a working group whose purpose is to highlight and find the most suitable projects for our 'Low Hanging Fruits' concept. At present a plan for future development is prepared, based on a meeting in February 2014.

Lacking experience and knowledge
There is a gap between the concrete steps in energy conservation in Russia due to the fact, that many project developers lack experience and knowledge in order to implement such projects.

Danish companies possess knowledge and expertise that can be a catalyst for green development in Russia. Danish companies and the Trade Council Russia’s longstanding cooperation with the Russian regions can help to develop a greener Russia by sharing experience already gained and thereby promote the development of Danish projects in Russia. Through the launch of the first Green Capacity 'Low Hanging Fruits Reference Book' in 2013, the Trade Council Russia has taken the first tentative green steps into the Russian market and hopefully the release of the new 'Reference Book' in 2014 will further stimulate Danish companies' activity in the Russian market for green energy and energy efficiency

 

15.10.2013

Danfoss signed an agreement with the Administration of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast and the Administration of Dzerzhinsk

On October 1 the official signature ceremony between the Administration of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Danfoss and the Administration of Dzerzhinsk took place.

This investment agreement confirms the parties' cooperation on the construction of the heat exchangers production in Dzerzhinsk. From the Danish side the event was attended by the Ambassador of Denmark to Russia Mr. Thomas Winkler, President & Chief Executive Officer Danfoss Mr. Niels Bjorn Christiansen, director general of Danfoss in Russia Mr. Mikhail Shapiro and the Governor of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast Mr. V. Shantsev as well as representatives of Dzerzhinsk City Administration from the Russian side.

One of the main advantages of Danish technology of heating equipment production is its energy efficiency. Currently, due to the very bad conditions of heating systems around 30% of the heat is lost during its distribution. Danfoss heat exchangers successfully solve this problem. According to the general director of the Russian branch of Danfoss Mikhail Shapiro, a payback period of one such heat exchanger will be about two years.

«It is important for us to have this high performance characteristics, because the energy efficiency issue is of great value. We are now in the process of the investment project implementation with the app. value of 400 million-1 billion rub., which will create 270 well-paid jobs», - underlined Governor Valery Shantsev .

Construction of the plant in the industrial park «Dzerzhinsk East» will begin in 2015. Production will cover the area of 15 thousand sq. m. and according to the plan it will become a model of energy efficiency in itself.

09.10.2013

Mosvodostok failed the Water Tests

In Moscow more than 90% of Mosvodostok wastewater samples selected for verification do not meet the health requirements.
In July-August 2013 a routine site inspection was carried out. It revealed that Mosvodostok – a company that provides rainwater drainage and snow melting systems for the capital of Russia, does not use required water treatment facilities on a major part of their units. The analysis of the selected 74 samples of wastewater showed that chemically 72 samples (97%), microbiologically - 68 samples (92%) did not meet sanitary regulations.

Mosvodostok will pay administrative fines in the value of around 1.2 million rubles (more than 28.000 euros).
Mosvodostok presented an action plan to meet the sanitary regulations for 2013-2015. In particular, it includes tighter control over routine maintenance, effectiveness testing of the drug for the waste water, the sorbent booms selection and the feasibility of biotechnology application in wastewater treatment.
Danish technologies in wastewater treatment are considered one of the most effective – so installing Danish water purification systems might be a wise solution for the problem that Mosvodostok faced.

Do you want to know more about possibilities of collaboration with Mosvodstok?
The Consulate General of St. Petersburg is more than willing to provide additional information and facilitate meetings with Mosvodostok. If you are interested in knowing more about the potential collaboration with this company please contact Consul Klaus Sørensen: klasor@um.dk.

If you want to read more about the results of the inspection follow the link http://77.rospotrebnadzor.ru/index.php/napravlenie/sannadzor/1514-sannadzor

04.10.2013

The Danish Consulate participates in the Conference on Energy Efficiency

On the October 2 during the conference "Implementation of investment and innovation in the field of energy and energy efficiency in the industrial sector” the Consul General of Denmark in St. Petersburg, Klaus Sørensen and his colleague, sector expert, Marina Piotrovskaya made presentations on energy efficiency projects in the regions of Russia.

Klaus Sørensen introduced environmental projects implemented by the Consulate General, such as the Green Capacity campaign, which is bringing companies together within the sectors of oil and gas, housing, and water. Also the Low Hanging Fruits initiative was presented: this initiative aims to show Russian utilities and industries how energy efficiency projects can be implemented and how projects with the shortest payback time can be planned and prioritized. Special attention was paid to the visit of the Minister for Environment of Denmark Mrs. Ida Auken in St. Petersburg, during which protocols on cooperation within environmental issues were signed with the administration of St. Petersburg and Leningrad oblast.

Marina Piotrovskaya highlighted in her presentation the main objectives and results of the Technology Club. This organization includes 8 Danish companies and is working in close collaboration with the Russian industrial companies, thereby mediates for the exchange of experience and effective technologies. Particular attention was paid to cooperation with UNIDO and the financial support program "Cleaner Production ", carried out by NEFCO.

The conference took part during the 17th International Forum "Russian Industrialist 2013" and the 6th International Innovation Forum. The forums were organized by the Association of Power Engineers of North -West Russia and the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of St. Petersburg supported by the Committee for Industrial Policy and Innovation in St. Petersburg.

Download the presentation of Klaus Sørensen

Download the presentation of Marina Piotrovskaya (rus)

Download the programm of Conference (rus)

 

 

24.09.2013

The Danish Consulate General in Russia represented Denmark in this year’s Bike Parade

September 21 the Danish Consulate General took the two new official consulate bikes from out on their virgin ride during the Bike Parade in connection with European Days, a festival to promote European countries in St. Petersborg.

Denmark was handsomely represented by employees from the consulate general and Danes who live in St. Petersburg. Niels Christiansen and Per Siesbye from “Schrøder Cykler” did also participate in the parade and saw the new consulate bikes, which they built, take their first journey down Nevsky Prospekt.

During the Danish Minister of Environments visit to St. Petersburg, September 19 to 20, Mrs Ida Auken, gave the youth leader of the Youth Environmental Centre of Vodokanal St. Petersburg, Mikhail Afanasyev, a tenth grader from St. Petersburg, one brand new Schrøder bike to match the consulate bikes. The bike was received due to his continuing engagement in the Centre and his enthusiasm to improve the environment of Russia – recently through education of young people through the work of the Centre for Advanced Water Technology. Of course Mikhail Afanasyev joined us down Nevsky Prospekt in the Bike Parade.

The Danish participants wearing matching t-shirts and riding bikes dressed in Danish flags had a great time biking through St. Petersburg and showing the citizens of St. Petersburg the Danish passion for biking instead of the taking the car.

Besides the “Bike Parade” the new “Dannebrog” bikes will help the employees of the consulate in their daily work – whether we are going out to meetings or getting mail we will take the bike.

23.09.2013

The Danish Minister for Environment, Mrs. Ida Auken, signed a Declaration of Intent with Baltika Breweries and UNIDO

The 20th of September 2013, the Danish Minister for Environment Mrs. Ida Auken visited Baltika Breweries near St. Petersburg. The visit was established in order to support the advancement of environmentally sustainable solutions in the Russian Federation including handling of returnable glass bottles, water efficiency and treatment of water and waste material as potential un-tapped resources.

At Baltika, Mrs. Auken was greeted by CEO for Baltika Dr. Isaac Sheps and was shown “a bottles journey” through the factories returnable glass bottle system. The factory tour was followed by a signature ceremony were a Declaration of Intent was signed between Minister Mrs. Auken, Baltika Breweries and United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO ). The declaration supports the partnership between Carlsberg Group/Baltika and UNIDO which was announced last year. The Carlsberg Group/Baltika has committed to invest up to 1 billion roubles (USD 31millions) in environmental projects in Russia, including water and energy efficiency projects, and projects addressing land degradation.

The signature ceremony was followed by a visit to “Severnaya Dolina”, a residential complex near Baltika St. Petersburg Brewery, were Ida Auken made sure that the new Baltika project “Make the difference for Your City" was implemented in practice. Mrs. Auken launched the project by dropping some returnable glass bottles into the new containers. Mrs. Auken was very pleased with the new project and said:

“In Denmark we have a long tradition of reusing glass bottles. They are reused up to 37 times, and this saves a multitude of valuable resources.”

The project “Make the difference for Your City" consists of pilot projects to find the best system of returnable glass bottle collection. Currently, the following cities participate in the initiative: Rostov-on-Don, Nizhniy Tagil, Yekaterinburg, Yaroslavl, Voronezh, Novosibirsk, St Petersburg, Omsk, Chelyabinsk, Khabarovsk, Irkutsk and Moscow. The project gives the local communities an opportunity to prove their environmental responsibility and a more modern European attitude towards household waste.

 

 

21.09.2013

The Danish Minister for Environment, Mrs. Ida Auken's, visit to St. Petersburg

Visit to Leningrad Oblast: The Danish Minister for the Environment Mrs. Ida Auken cigns Protocol with the Governor of Leningrad Oblast A.Y. Drozdenko

The 19th of September 2013, the Danish Minister for Environment Mrs. Ida Auken visited the Russian region Leningrad Oblast, the Russian water utility company Vodokanal and the administration of St. Petersburg, to put focus on water and wastewater management and the opportunities of cooperation between Denmark and Danish companies and the city of St. Petersburg and Russian companies.

Mrs. Auken and the governor of Leningrad oblast A.Y. Drozdenko signed a protocol which is a framework for environmental cooperation, which identifies six priority areas: impact of climate change on urban economy, air quality in cities, water supply and discharge systems, resource-savings, waste management and waste minimization.

To resolve these environmental challenges Mrs. Auken pointed out how crucial it is to involve enterprises and organizations in the greening of the economy. The Minister is therefore very much looking forward to an agreement between Housing Committee of Leningrad Oblast and the Danish Export Credit Fund (hereinafter EKF) expected to be signed in the nearest future.

The business agreement between the Housing Committee of Leningrad Oblast and EKF involves financing of two concrete projects in Gatchina’s Vodokanal’s water supply pipeline. The total investment will be about 300 million roubles with the contribution of the budgets of Leningrad oblast, Gatchina’s Vodokanal, the company of Per Aarsleff and EKF as the main financial structure involving the funds Nefco and Ndep. The realization of this project is expected to be in 2014.

Mrs. Ida Auken visit Vodokanal St. Petersburg: Russian Children and the Water of the Future Generations

In Vodokanal St. Petersburg the Minister was greeted by the Deputy General Mr. Anatoly Kinebas who took her to see the Youth Environmental Centre of Vodokanal. Here they were greeted by several school children in all ages who has been very active in the area of water and wastewater management. They showed the Minister the different interactive activities, projects and workshops for children and adults in key environmental areas. Mrs. Auken wrote a little note for the children on an interactive board saying;

“Dear young and smart people. I wish you all the best in your future environmental projects and find it inspiring to see young people so involved in taking care of our water and the water of many generations to come”

The youth leader of the Youth Environmental Centre, Mikhail Afanasyev, a tenth grader from St. Petersburg, received a special gift from the Minister – a red and white “Dannebrog” bike from the Danish bike company Schroeder Cykler. The price was received due to his continuing engagement in the Centre and his enthusiasm to improve the environment of Russia – recently through education of young people through the work of the Centre for Advanced Water Technology.

During the day several Danish and Russian companies within the water and wastewater management sector had a roundtable discussion and presentation of their new products and initiatives. Denmark was represented by Grundfos, Danfoss, Per Aarsleff, J. Hvidtved Larsen, COWI, Carlsberg Group, UNIDO and Vand Center Syd. Mrs. Ida Auken addressed the companies and encouraged a continuation of the fruitful cooperation between Denmark and Russia;

“Tomorrow’s improvements in the water sector can only take place if we today establish a strong and fruitful cooperation between the public and the private sector. Therefore I am happy to see that so many private companies are present here today”

The roundtable discussion was followed by a reception, where Mrs. Ida Auken witnessed the MOU signature ceremony between Vand Center Syd and St. Petersburg Vodokanal. Mrs. Auken was pleased to see the protocols between Denmark and Administration of Leningrad Oblast and St. Petersburg Administration manifested in a concrete agreement;

“I am also pleased to be able to witness the first concrete result of the protocols (…) when the Memorandum of Understanding between Vodokanal, Skt. Petersburg and VCS Denmark, one of the largest water utilities in Denmark will be signed. This agreement will make it possible to train a great number of water managers from throughout North West Russia, and I hope that this paves the way for improved water services to the public throughout your region.”

Visit to St. Petersburg Administration: Mrs. Ida Auken Signs Protocol with the Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg Administration M. P. Mokretsov

At the Administration of St. Petersburg the Danish Minister was greeted by Vice Governor M. P. Mokretsov. Mrs. Auken signed a protocol with Vice-Governor M. P. Mokretsov on a framework for environmental cooperation between St. Petersburg Administration and Ministry for Environment of Denmark.

Mrs. Auken was very satisfied with the protocol and said: “it is a great pleasure to be able here today to sign this protocol on cooperation between our two administrations in areas, that are of crucial importance to our environment and to human health and well-being – not only for our generation – but also for our children and grand-children and the generations to come”

This protocol will be followed by a Declaration of intent the September 20 between Baltika Breweries, UNIDO and the Danish Ministry for Environment to support the advancement of environmentally sustainable solutions in the Russian Federation including handling of returnable glass bottles, water efficiency and treatment of water and waste material as potential un-tapped resources.

See the protocols here:

Protocol following the results of negotiation on coorperation beween the Danish Minister for Environment Mrs. Ida Auken and the Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg Mikhail Mokretsov

Protocol following the results of negotiation on coorperation beween the Danish Minister for Environment Mrs. Ida Auken and the Governor of Leningrad region Mr Alexander Drozdenko

13.09.2013

The Danish Consulate General: Pedalling towards a greener future

The Consulate General of Denmark is a small part of Denmark in Russia. And exactly therefore we continue a Danish custom – travelling by two wheels instead of four.

The Consulate General has just received three new Dannebrog bikes from the Danish bike Company SCHRØDER CYKLER. With the bikes dressed in our national colours, red and white, and with the logo of the Consulate on the bike frame you will see us pedalling through the streets of St. Petersburg in the nearest future.

Danish people are known for their enthusiasm about biking instead of driving. Biking is not only good for the environment, but also good for the heart rate and blood flow of busy Consulate General employees. Hopefully our biking will not only improve the environment in general, but also the health of our employees - so we can continue our work with renewed energy!

SCHRØDER CYKLER was established in 1920 by Peter Schroeder in Copenhagen, Denmark. Quickly it became known as a bicycle shop with a passion for racing bikes. In 1960 Vilhelm Christiansen took over the shop and shortly hereafter he began his career as a frame builder.

The team around Schrøder was known as "The Red Devils" from Copenhagen - selling bikes to USA, Singapore and Germany. Time Magazine named Vilhelm among the world's 10 best frame builders. Even the Danish two-time World Champion and one-time Olympic Champion in 1000 meters track cycling, Niels Fredborg, won his medals on a Schrøder-bike.

In 1995, Vilhelm and Niels Christiansen designed and co-developed the Copenhagen Free City Bike program. Advertising bikes has since been part of the production, also by having the hotel and business bicycles as part of the program.

Today the company is still a "family" business with the "Grand Old Man" Vilhelm Christiansen continuing to design bicycles - even at the age of 84. The family of bike-builders, Vilhelm, his son Niels and 2 grandchildren Nicolai and Andreas still make many "old fashion" bikes, which are very popular in Denmark, as well as modern touring bikes.

26.08.2013

The Low Hanging Fruits Reference Book – Available for Download

The Energy and Environment Club and Green Capacity have the pleasure to present the newest publication from our Low Hanging Fruits project. We have for a long time worked to provide you with a Low Hanging Fruits Reference Book which aims to show Russian utilities and industries how energy efficiency projects can be implemented and how projects with the shortest payback time can be planned and prioritized.

11 members of the Energy and Environment Club (Grundfos, Era Power, Rambol, APV Teplotex, Danfoss, Kamstrup, Per Aarslef, Rockwool, Logstor, Weiss Envikraft and Haldor Topsoe) as well as EKF, NEFCO and State of Green have written articles on energy efficiency.

These articles have been collected in our new publication - the Low Hanging Fruits Reference Book which is available for download here on our webpage. The reference book is also printed and will be distributed to Moscow, Tomsk, Chelyabinsk, Tyumen, Arkhangelsk, Murmansk, Krasnodar, St.Petersburg and many other cities.

This book is just the beginning of this project. We are already continuing the identification of new projects in the sector of green capacity. Currently we are looking into projects about water and energy efficiency in buildings in Moscow. In late August we are looking into energy efficiency in buildings in Tomsk in corporation with TGK 11 and as well as in Strezhevoy, where we also look into the modernization of pipes, pumps and meters. In the beginning of September we look into waste incineration in industrial plants and energy efficiency in buildings of St. Petersburg and Novgorod. Our search for new projects will continue throughout the rest of the year which will amount in a new Low Hanging Fruits Reference Book in 2014.

We hope you will find the book interesting and please do not hesitate to contact us – we are more than willing to provide more information or facilitate meetings.

     Download it here (in Russian)

15.08.2013

Russia has Huge Potential in Unused Renewable Energy Sources

Russian Energy Agency has focus on renewable energy sources and a reduction in energy to create an energy efficient society in Russia. 

Russia’s current production of renewable energy is very low. But in a modernization of the Russian economy in recent years, energy saving, energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy sources (RES) has developed to an important political issue. Russia’s potential for producing renewable energy is huge. Russia has substantial and diverse RES potentials all over the country such as: biofuels, geothermal, biogas, wind power and solar power as pictured on the map below.

 

Russia is already well established in hydro power which in 2011 accounted for 16 % of Russia’s power generation. But in other areas of RES Russia is a long way behind. They have great potential but no one has really used it yet and if you exclude hydropower Russia’s share of RES is only about 1 %. The Russian Energy Agency is eager to change that and together with the Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Science (ERI RAS) they have huge expectations of progress in RES until 2035. Especially small hydropower, wind, biomass and wastes are believed to have huge potential in Russia.  RES is expected to rise to 60 billion kWh in 2035 a multiply by 6 as it accounts for about 10 billion kWh today, as the graph shows.

Along with the focus on RES, Russian Energy Agency also has a goal of reducing energy intensity of GDP by 40 % by 2020. This reduction will happen due to: replacement of old equipment with new, effect of tariff growth, developing of energy intensive manufacture and rise in non-energy intensive sectors. All those actions are estimated to account for 26.5 %. In order to get the last 13.5 % and reach 40 % the strategy needs support from the government in a state program called "Energy saving and energy efficiency improvements till 2020" approved 27.12.2010.

Russian Energy Agency and the Danish Consulate General in St. Petersburg are in close cooperation with energy and environmental projects. The project “Low Hanging Fruits” gathers energy efficiency projects implemented by Danish companies in Russia in a catalogue, which works as a reference for future projects. Projects will mainly involve energy efficiency and with a repayment period no longer than five years. As Russia is expected huge development in this sector, there are a lot of potential for cooperation with Danish companies in the near future.

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The Russian company “StroiInvest-Energia” has together with the Far Eastern Development fund, signed a contract for the reconstruction and modification of two windmills in Chukotka. The company located in the special economic zone of ”Beringovskiy” in Chukotka and planning to replace the old windmills with the more effective and secure – Vestas V27 models. The total investment value will be around RUB 43 million.

More information available here (in Russian)