15.12.2009.‘Save the Energy of Our City!’ Exhibition Opens in Moscow
Moscow, 15 December 2009 – Fuel and Energy Department of the Moscow Government with the support of the United Nations Development Programme and Intel Corporation organized a photo exhibition ‘Save the Energy of Our City!’ Partners of the exhibition are Mosenergo, Mosenergosbyt, the People’s Initiative Foundation, Energosvet, Greenpeace, IFC, as well as major international manufacturers Rockwool, Philips and Autodesk.
The photo exhibition dedicated to the need for rational use of energy resources opens in Izvestiya Publishing House press-centre and will be further moved to Tverskoy Boulevard, where Moscow citizens and tourists will have an opportunity to see the photos. Later the exhibition will be on display in several city districts. The exhibition includes 44 photos provided by partners. The exhibits reflect in different ways the effect of energy production and consumption on people’s life, separate ecosystems and the planet as a whole. The authors vividly demonstrate the detrimental consequences of climate change and call for more rational energy use.
Today Russia has wide opportunities for more rational use of fuel and energy resources and introduction of energy saving technologies and materials. Taking advantage of these opportunities can significantly contribute to the increase of competitiveness of the national economy. That is why the implementation of energy saving projects is of high importance in all spheres of life and in the housing and communal services sector in particular. As Moscow Mayor, M.Y. Luzhkov, noted speaking at the extended session of the State Council of the RF on energy effectiveness, “almost over half of energy saving and alternative energy use opportunities are in the communal and housing sector”.
Speaking about the exhibition, Head of the Moscow Fuel and Energy Department, Evgeny Sklyarov, said, “Today, reducing energy consumption is one of main ways of increasing energy effectiveness. Among other things, it is achieved through forming public opinion and better understanding by people of benefits and value of such behaviour. Our event is yet another effort to attract the attention of Muscovites to this topical issue.”
Natalia Olofinskaya, Head of UNDP Russia Environment Unit, thanked the Moscow Government for its initiative to hold an exhibition, “UNDP is happy to support this important event held by the Moscow Government. It is not accidental that Moscow has been selected for implementation of two major projects by UNDP and the Global Environmental Facility aimed at increasing energy effectiveness of buildings and facilities to be launched in 2010. Moscow has always been a leader in this area, and provides an excellent platform for demonstrating modern energy effective technologies and promoting energy saving. We hope that the exhibition opening today will attract the attention of Muscovites and guest of the city.”
“There are few things of the same importance as the environment we live in. Rational use of energy is a major element of environmentally responsible behaviour. Caring about environment is caring about our future. If we unite our efforts we will make the world safer. There is no time to lose,” said Kamil Isayev, Marketing Director, Intel Russia and CIS.
Fuel and Energy Department, Moscow Government is an industrial agency of Moscow executive authority responsible for intersectoral coordinating of operations of heat, electricity and gas suppliers. The department is a successor of the Fuel and Energy Directorate of Moscow and an authorized agency of the Moscow Government in coordination of energy saving activities in Moscow. Main objectives of the department are ensuring safe and regular operations of heat, electricity and gas supply to citizens, municipal facilities, industrial enterprises and other consumers, as well as lighting of roads, streets and squares of Moscow.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners. For more information about UNDP activities in Russia please visit www.undp.ru.
Intel Corporation, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. More information about Intel Corporation is available at www.intel.ru/pressroom and the Russian language corporate website http://www.intel.ru.
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