On May 23, 2012, Urban Land Institute (ULI) Russia and the Russian Green Building Council held a panel discussion on public-private partnership issues in green buildings, as well as on the development of the green industry.
This was the first joint event held by the two leading international organizations in this country that are dedicated to sustainable building practices. It was attended by over 100 representatives of leading Russian and foreign companies.
Participants discussed state programs of energy conservation and energy efficiency, theory and practice in the development of 'Smart Cities', legislative initiatives to create more favorable conditions for sustainable development in Russia, the spread of ecological thinking among Russians, and the heightened attractiveness of green projects in Russia for investors.
The ULI-RuGBC Green Buildings panel discussion was supported by Herbert Smith, the Russian Energy Agency, Ernst & Young, Devereux Architects, EcoDolie, CRE-Solutions, HALKGYO, and MEP Engineering. Stephen Terzolo, Investor Relations Manager at IMG Partners Ltd. and member of the Russian branch of ULI Young Leaders Group, was the Event Coordinator. The Moderators of the panel discussion were Guy Eames, CEO of the Russian Green Building Council, and Adrian Salter, co-founder and General Director of MEP Engineering.
"This event and the large number of people attending it demonstrated the importance of green building issues in Russia. ULI as an organization is dedicated to promoting best practice in development and construction. Thus we enthusiastically join together with focused organizations like the Russian Green Building Council to conduct events on subjects that are key in our industry," Darrell Stanaford, Chairman of ULI Russia, said.
"ULI represents leading international players and is one of the key partners of the Russian Green Building Council. That is why its involvement in the current debate about the economic benefits of green buildings in Russia is extremely timely," Guy Eames, CEO of the Russian Green Building Council, added.
Energy conservation and energy efficiency up to 2020
Issues related to the Russian federal program 'Energy conservation and energy efficiency for the period up to 2020' were touched upon by Nelly Segizova, Strategic Development and International Cooperation at the Russian Energy Agency.
The state program, among other initiatives, provides co-financing for regional programs and guarantees loans for the realization of projects that foster energy efficiency. It is also working to create a state information system and to implement educational and other programs aimed at raising awareness and promoting energy efficiency among various segments of the population.
In 2011, the total amount of funds allocated by the Russian Federation for the implementation of energy efficiency programs was 12.287 billion rubles. Funds from the Federal Budget allocated to co-financing expendable liabilities of subjects of the Russian Federation reached 5.271 billion rubles in subsidies. As a result, 54 regional programs received financial support.
The FSFO 'Russian Energy Agency' (REA) is the operational manager for state programs to promote energy efficiency. The agency, together with the not-for-profit organization 'Smart City.Tech', launched a concept called 'Smart City' as a basis for further public-private partnerships.
Green buildings legislation
Great interest was attracted by the second presenter, Margarita Slavina, Senior Associate in the real estate division at Herbert Smith. She summarized the current status of green buildings legislation in several western countries, including Austria, Britain, Germany and the US.
She also discussed proposals for improving legislation for promoting green building practices in Russia, which have been developed by a working group within the Russian Green Building Council lead by R. Ismailov and consisting of representatives from Herbert Smith, Ernst & Young, Pepeliaev Group, K&L Gates, and Alrud