On Wednesday during the Russian Energy Week in Moscow (4–7 October) Kristina Haverkamp, Managing Director of Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena) – the German Energy Agency, offered her recommendations on further developing the Russian funding system for energy efficient refurbishment at the meeting of the fund for residential and communal economy (Fond ZKH). How the current funding programme can be kept going is being debated at the moment in Russia. Kristina Haverkamp offered inspiration to the members of the Supervisory Board and regional government representatives with her accounts of German experiences.
dena’s recommendation was to keep the existing tried-and-tested funding programme and to develop it further. It would, for instance, be taken advantage of more often if funding for energy-saving measures which up till now was limited to communal property was extended to private property. Russia should conduct pilot projects and field experiments to test the effects of funding standards in terms of market viability. This approach has already proven its worth in Germany.
These recommendations are the result of cooperation between dena and the Russian Energy Ministry. dena analysed and compared energy-efficient construction in Germany and Russia as the basis for this project. Together with recommendations on funding, the comparative analysis includes suggestions for adapting legal framework conditions and standards.
Swapping notes on the German energy transition strategy
On Wednesday as well Kristina Haverkamp updated managing directors and board members attending the CEO Breakfast of the German-Russian Chamber of Commerce (AHK) on the latest regarding the energy transition in Germany. And then on Thursday she spoke about the challenges of sustainable energy-efficient urban development at a meeting of mayors from across the globe. She presented dena’s energy and climate protection management system and talked about local communities’ experiences with energy-efficient street lighting.