Government Ministries and Agencies for Energy Efficiency in Russia
Policy measure

In the Russian Federation, “policy responsibility for energy efficiency actions varies between the levels of government, with the federal government holding the higher jurisdiction. At the federal level, until May 2008, energy saving and energy efficiency policy was placed within the competence of the Federal Assembly. However, during the administrative restructuring of the Russian government in May–June 2008, the responsibility for energy policymaking and oversight was transferred to the newly established Ministry of Energy.” (APERC, 2010)


Today, the main government bodies, involved in the energy efficiency decision-making process are (GEF, 2010):


“Ministry of Economic Development: is among others responsible for the coordination and/or preparation of draft legal acts in the following areas:

  • Establish the powers of federal executive authorities in the field of energy saving and improving energy efficiency

  • Approve of the Action plan to implement the Federal Law "On energy saving and improving energy efficiency"

  • Set up requirements for regional, inter-municipal and municipal programs of energy saving and improving energy efficiency

  • Set up the order for establishment and functioning of public information management system in energy saving and improving energy efficiency.

  • Set up the order of providing intergovernmental transfers for the budgets of RF subjects from the federal budget for the implementation of certain measures on energy saving and energy efficiency.

  • Sign up long-term energy service contracts for the needs of Russia.

  • Determine certain requirements for the programs on energy and improving energy efficiency for the regulated organizations

  • Approve standard forms of energy service agreements for the supply the goods, works/activities implementation of regulated organizations.

  • Determine the detailed policy and regulatory requirements that will yield a reduction of the volume of energy consumption in absolute terms by 15% over a period of 5 years

  • Determine indicators for the energy consumption by budget organizations.”

Ministry of Energy is responsible for:

  • The preparation of a new energy efficiency program for different end-use sectors.

  • The preparation of draft regulatory acts related to energy passports.

Ministry of Industry and Trade is responsible for preparing drafts of regulated and legal acts in the following parts:

  • Determining the requirements for the identification of energy efficiency classes for household appliances, and methodology for a labeling system.

  • Establishment of a list of efficient energy devices that can apply for an accelerated depreciation rate.

Ministry of Finance is responsible for preparing drafts of legal and regulated acts in the following parts:

  • Introduction of modifications in the departmental legal acts that regulate the financing of budget organizations related to the savings of energy efficiency measures.

  • Approval of guidance on potential conservation by the budgetary institutions of savings obtained by implementing energy efficiency measures and its use to finance other articles.”

“In addition to governmental organizations, there are several energy efficiency centers operating under different external supporting programs in the Russian Federation. Some of the largest are: the Center for Energy Efficiency (CENEF), Center for Energy Policy, AcademEnergoServis, Institute for Energy Policy, RusDem, ESCO Negawatt, Rus Esco, 3E, Energo Servis and regional centers for energy efficiency with the major located in Kaliningrad, Murmansk, Kola, Karelia, and Ekaterinburg. In order to improve policy coordination at different levels, a number of Coordination Councils for the realization of energy saving and energy efficiency policies have been established in Russian regions and municipalities.” (APERC, 2010)


Due to the lack of information on the implementation period, the most recent year has been applied.

Implementation
No identified implementation measures.
Challenges
No identified challenges.
Outcomes
No identified outcomes.
References

APERC (Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre), 2010. APEC Energy Overview 2009. Available at: www.ieej.or.jp/aperc/2009pdf/Overview2009.pdf.


GEF (Global Environmental Facility), 2010. Russian Federation: RUS Market Transformation Programme on Energy Efficiency in GHG-Intensive Industries in Russia. Washington, DC. Available at: www.thegef.org/gef/sites/thegef.org/files/documents/document/06-22-10%20Council%20document.pdf.