On July 11, 2019, Business Program of Tenth International Industrial Trade Fair INNOPROM featured the discussion on National Project "Ecology" – First Steps: Waste Products. Air. BAT. The event was co-organized by the Ministerial Project Office of National Project "Ecology" and the Russian Ecological Society. Head of All-Russia Public Organization "Russian Ecological Society" Rashid Ismailov presided over the discussion. He stated that the first segment of the panel would be dedicated to "Green Agenda for Industrial Business."
The panel opened with the conferral of the Order of Vladimir Vernadsky awarded for special merit and scientific achievements in environment protection. Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Leopold Leontiev presented the Order to the Head of Laboratory at the Institute of Metallurgy of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences Evgeny Selivanov and the Chair of the Regional Public Organization “Ural Environmental Initiative” Olga Startseva for the organization of TECHNOGEN congress.
Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Sverdlovsk Region Svetlana Filatova spoke about seven regional projects implemented under the National Project "Ecology": Clean Air, Forest Protection, Conservation of Biodiversity and Development of Eco-Tourism, Preservation of Unique Water Objects, Clean Country, Clean Water, and Creation of Complex Solid Household Waste Management System.
“By the end of 2024, we need to commission 13 solid household waste treatment facilities with total capacity of 1,945,000 tons, ensure environmental rehabilitation of at least 2,073 ha of water objects, shut down nine unsanctioned landfills, and reduce air pollution in Nizhny Tagil by 18.5%," Svetlana Filatova explained.
Deputy Minister of Energy and Public Utilities of the Sverdlovsk Region Egor Svalov spoke about the main objectives of the ongoing reform, "We need to stop using landfills and move towards maximum waste sorting that would allow for the segregation of secondary material resources and their further processing, along with the separation of the maximum amount of waste that does not qualify as secondary material resources, but can be used as refuse derived fuel, from organic waste which can be used for composting, technical soils, etc. If we do all that, approximately 86% of waste will be recycled in the national economy as opposed to being dumped at a landfill."
Alexander Solovyanov, Deputy Director of the All-Russian Research Institute for Environmental Protection, and Sergey Mayorov, Chairman of the Board of Machine-Building Cluster of the Republic of Tatarstan, also shared their opinions and commented on the issue.
At the panel, Ural Environmental Initiative, Machine-Building Cluster of the Republic of Tatarstan, and National Technology Initiative EcoNet signed an agreement on cooperation. Head of NTI EcoNet Denis Konstantinov expressed his confidence in productive cooperation between the three organizations.
The second segment of the panel was dedicated to the discussion entitled "Balancing State, Corporate, and Public Interest during Cleanup of Accumulated Environmental Damage."
Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Sverdlovsk Region Vyacheslav Tyumentsev stated, "Annual accumulation of waste is estimated at 150 million tons, and only 40% of that amount is being processed. Total volume of accumulated waste constitutes 9.3bn tons. That is a huge problem. We compiled a list of enterprises that make the largest "contribution" into this process and signed 27 agreements with these enterprises between 2011 and 2018. Under these agreements, we managed to reduce the accumulation rate by 16%."
Deputy Director of the All-Russian Research Institute for Environmental Protection Alexander Solovyanov talked about the state registry of objects of accumulated environmental damage. He pointed out that there were 340 such objects at the moment and work was under way to develop the regulatory framework that would define the concept of accumulated damage.
Yulia Filatkina, Executive Director of the Russian Ecological Society and Director and Head of the Center for Land, Town Planning and Environmental Legal Research Epi-Center, and Natalya Beliaeva, Deputy Chair of the Natural Resources and Environment Committee of “Delovaya Rossiya," made a presentation on relevant legal instruments. Chair of the Regional Public Organization “Ural Environmental Initiative” Olga Startseva commented on the issue. Vladimir Lysov, Department Head at the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Rosgidromet) for the Ural Federal District, also took part in the discussion.
Head of All-Russia Public Organization "Russian Ecological Society" Rashid Ismailov concluded the panel with the conferral of awards for efficient work in environmental protection and support of environmental initiatives to the following enterprises and companies: EVRAZ Nizhny Tagil Metallurgical Plant (EVRAZ NTMK), Sredneuralsky Copper Smelter (SUMZ), Termoplast, and Etilamin-Ek. Research Council on Metallurgy and Materials of the Russian Academy of Sciences received an award for efficient work in promoting environmental protection and ensuring a dramatic decrease in the technogenic load on the environment.