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Urban Leaders Sign Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Development Declaration

Annual Moscow Forum Provides Platform for Agreement

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

City mayors and official representatives from all over the world gathered in Moscow in November for a meeting on energy efficiency and sustainable city development. Russia is a member of the Clean Energy Ministerial, a global partnership working to accelerate the global clean energy transition. A key outcome of the meeting was a declaration of dedication to energy efficiency and sustainable development.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the ENES 2016 V International Energy Efficiency and Energy Development Forum, a significant event organized by the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation and the Government of Moscow in the field of energy efficiency. ENES has become a traditional platform to discuss global energy sector trends and the direction of state energy policy development. More than 40 cities were represented, including Moscow, Kazan, Manchester, Salford, Dublin, Tomohon, Budapest, Leipzig, Bottrop, Kiel, and Bologna.

“The potential energy efficiency of the economy of cities generates the need for adopting proactive standards to encourage the introduction of environmentally friendly and energy efficient technologies,” said Anton Inyutsyn, Russia’s Deputy Minister of Energy. “Such standards should be aimed at all sectors of the urban economy, providing the support and comfort of citizens.”

All participants signed the Declaration of the International Meeting of the City Mayors Dedicated to Issues of the Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Development. By signing, city leaders are joining together to proclaim the importance of transforming modern cities and accelerate the process. This initiative involves implementation of next-generation technologies, processes, and policies in the urban sphere, such as smart city technologies, innovative energy-efficient heat technologies, higher energy-saving standards for housing construction, and wide-scale renewable energy sources. The Declaration is open to additional cities and encourages a joint effort to save one billion tons of fuel by 2025.

For more information about this initiative, please visit the ENES website.

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