Policy measure

The Russian non-profit, non-governmental organization CENEf, founded in 1992, provides a wide range of consulting services in the development of energy efficiency policies, housing reform, power sector reform, energy demand projections, and mitigation of climate change to the Russian government, local governments, municipalities, international organizations, foreign agencies, international and foreign financial institutions, industrial plants and commercial firms. (CENEf, 2012)

“CENEf was founded by: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory of Battelle Memorial Institute (USA), World Wildlife Fund (USA), and International Social and Ecological Union (Russia), to be one of six energy efficiency sister-centers established in transition economies; the other centers are located in Poland, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Ukraine, and China.” (CENEf, 2012)

“CENEf’s efforts in energy efficiency capacity building are internationally recognized.  Between 1992 and 2008, over 100 specialized energy efficiency institutions were founded throughout the country to develop and implement energy efficiency policies at the federal, regional, and municipal levels.  While CENEf founded some of them, it has provided guidance to many of them at the initial stage of their operation.  In 2000, Igor Bashmakov, CENEf Executive Director was awarded international Climate Technology Leadership Award for his contribution to the capacity building for energy efficiency policies in Russia and to honour his ‘accomplishments in establishing institutions throughout the Russian Federation specializing in energy efficiency, and in enhancing public education on energy and climate change’.” (CENEf, 2012)


Over the last years, CENEf has been working on (CENEf, 2012):

  • “Energy demand projections (for RAO EES Rossii, TACIS and British Petroleum projects).

  • Implementation of institutional reforms in the housing sector (World Bank Community Social Infrastructure Project and World Bank Northern Restructuring Pilot Project; UNDP project “Russian Energy Efficiency Municipal Utility Services (REEMUS)”).

  • Implementation of cost-effective technical solutions in many Russia’s regions and cities (development of energy efficiency programs, feasibility studies, and business plans with the total budget of over $US 1 billion for Russian regions and municipalities).

  • Development of comprehensive energy efficiency programs for Russia’s regions (Orel oblast, Sakhalin oblast, Magadan oblast, Khanty-Mansiysky autonomous okrug; later several regions took CENEf’s format to develop their own programs).

  • Development of institutional mechanisms for effective energy management in the public sector (World Bank Community Social Infrastructure project).

  • Raising public awareness in energy efficiency and mitigation of climate change (over 100 workshops for UNEP, IEA/OECD, IPCC, U.S. EPA, World Bank, USAID, and ASE).”

No identified challenges.

“Many Russian regions adopted energy efficiency regulations and laws drafted by CENEf, and launched their energy efficiency policies and programs.” (CENEf, 2012)


CENEf, 2012. Brief description. Available at: www.cenef.ru/art_11207_114.html.