MIL-OSI Russia: Sergei Sobyanin: The volume of emissions of hazardous substances in Moscow has halved in 10 years

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October 14, 2021 3:51 pm

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These results were achieved thanks to the development of the energy sector and the work of about 120 thousand people.

The volume of emissions of hazardous substances into the atmosphere in Moscow has halved over the past 10 years, said Sergei Sobyanin during the international forum “Russian Energy Week”. According to him, despite the concentration of the population and its dynamic growth, Moscow is becoming a more environmentally friendly city every year.

“Since 1990, the population has increased by a third, while thermal pollution has decreased by a quarter. In the last 10 years alone, the emissions of hazardous substances into the atmosphere have halved, ”the Moscow Mayor emphasized.

Such results were achieved, among other things, due to the efficiency of the energy sector. If earlier it was believed that it was large cities that cause great damage to the environment, today the situation has changed.

“The most efficient energy sector develops in megalopolises, the minimum environmental damage, if calculated per capita, is caused precisely by large cities, where the energy efficiency is incomparably higher than in small towns and settlements, no matter how surprising it may seem. Due to the concentration of energy resources, due to the reduction of energy networks, concentration of the population, the efficiency of the energy sector is very, very high, ”Sergei Sobyanin noted.

For Moscow, the development of the energy sector is especially important, because the city is located in harsh climatic conditions. In winter, temperatures can drop to 30 degrees below zero, and the heating season lasts most of the year – from September to May. In addition, it is in Moscow that the largest systems of electricity, water and heat supply are concentrated.

10 years ago, the President of Russia ordered to increase energy efficiency by 40 percent. Moscow has already reduced the energy intensity of the gross regional product by 37 percent. “This is a real breakthrough,” stressed Sergei Sobyanin.

The city has invested a colossal amount in the development of the energy sector – 1.7 trillion rubles. Coal and fuel oil boiler houses were eliminated, a unified system was created instead of scattered and competing heating centers, and the number of accidents on heating mains significantly decreased. Today, the efficiency of the city’s energy system is the result of the work of a huge team.

“About 120 thousand people work in the energy sector of Moscow. These are people who round the clock ensure the reliability of our life and the development of the city. And taking this opportunity, I would like to say to them the words of my deep gratitude, ”said the Moscow Mayor.

Reliable power supply and development of networks allows Moscow to commission about 10 million square meters of real estate annually, providing residents with housing and comfortable jobs, as well as implementing a renovation program for old housing stock.

Energy development helps to create comfortable street lighting, decorate buildings and parks with decorative lighting. “We have increased the illumination of the city by one and a half times, and today Moscow (it can be seen from space) is one of the most illuminated cities in the world. It is one of the five most vibrant cities, and at the same time, the additional energy costs were zero. That is, we spend the same amount of electricity on lighting the city as we did 10 years ago, ”said Sergei Sobyanin.

Moscow also plans to become the first major city in the world to fully switch to the operation of public electric transport. “Today Moscow has the largest electric bus fleet in Europe. By the end of the year there will be a thousand of them in the city. And in six to seven years there will be no diesel buses in Moscow at all, ”the Moscow Mayor added.

All this will allow the Russian capital to successfully compete in the quality of life with other world cities. “This is not competition for the number of factories, factories, metallurgy production and so on – for which the cities fought even fifty years ago. Today there is competition for a person, for human capital, ”concluded Sergei Sobyanin.

The International Forum “Russian Energy Week” takes place in the Central Exhibition Hall “Manezh” from 13 to 15 October. The program includes more than 30 business events in which heads of companies from various sectors of the fuel and energy complex take part.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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