Yekaterinburg recently hosted the sixth Russian-German Energy Forum.
The forum focused on planning for better energy efficiency for the future. Leaders discussed how to apply projects to boost energy efficiency, how to modernize facilities already in place, and how to better construct heating systems.
Oblastnaya Gazeta reports that companies in Ural have been collaborating with many companies in Germany to a successful end.
Their current project concerns supplying heat to Ural. The first phase was to determine the cost to audit the heat supply system efficiency and to approve the program that to improve the energy system between 2013 and 2027.
They have now launched the second phase: finding investors. The organizers have already agreed on the amount of funding the program needs to be successful. German financial institutions have been a primary source.
"I am confident in the success and prospects of our cooperation, and I hope that the experience of working together will be used in other ways,” Eugene Kuyvashev, governor of the Sverdlovsk region, said. “Sverdlovsk region is interested in the use of energy-saving technologies and energy efficiency in transport, and energy-intensive industries, such as steel and non-ferrous metals. Equally important for the region is the question of increasing the share of renewable energy in the total energy balance of our region.”
Attending representatives included leaders from energy industries in both Germany and Russia, heads of financial institutions, and executive authorities from the Federal Republic of Germany and the Sverdlovsk region.
The Government of the Sverdlovsk region and the German Energy Agency called dena organized the event.