Waste from coal-fired thermal power plants will be put into economic circulation

Technoprom will discuss the implementation and financing of the plan of the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation for the disposal of ash and slag waste (ZSHO)

Technoprom 2021 will be held as part of the Year of Science and Technology from August 25 to 27 in Novosibirsk in a hybrid format and will bring together participants from more than 20 countries. The main topic of discussion will be the search for effective forms of cooperation between science, business and the state for the introduction of advanced developments in all spheres of life and production. The Forum has established itself as a platform for making key decisions on the country’s science and technology policy and will be held for the eighth time.

During the period of operation of coal-fired thermal power plants in the territory of the Siberian Federal District, more than 500 million tons of ZSHO have been accumulated. In some regions, the existing ash dumps will be enough to fill for less than 6 years. This problem is one of the key ones for the energy industry of the Siberian regions due to the fact that part of the ash dumps is located within the boundaries of settlements, which causes significant social tension. At the initiative of coal generating companies, the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation has developed a draft Comprehensive plan to increase the volume of utilization and involvement of ash and slag from coal thermal power plants in economic turnover.

The draft interdepartmental plan will be presented as part of the business track of the Technoprom 2021 technology forum “Green Technologies for Industry and Life”. The participants will discuss financial and economic models that can be applied for the successful implementation of relevant pilot projects for the disposal of ash and slag and a comprehensive plan as a whole. Successful implementation of the plan will allow achieving the indicators planned in the “Energy Strategy of the Russian Federation for the period up to 2035”.

Irina Zolotova, Director of the Center for Industry Research and Consulting at the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, said that currently the draft of the comprehensive plan is at the stage of approval with the executive authorities. The Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation has worked out the first comments, after which the draft will be sent to the Government Office for further discussion and approval of the relevant government order. Also this year, the Government plans to adopt a taxonomy of green and adaptation projects. This document fills the gap created by the BAT reference system: today, these reference books lack technical parameters on energy efficiency and the carbon footprint of technologies. It is important to emphasize that projects to increase the volume of industrial waste disposal, in particular ash and slag from thermal power plants, have also been included in the taxonomy.

“Greening the economy is one of the components of the transition to a model of sustainable development in Russia, which also involves economic growth and the development of social protection of citizens. The Technoprom Forum is traditionally a multi-profile and cross-industry platform, which is extremely important in the context of the formation of the so-called “cross-cutting” tracks of state policy, covering the activities of almost all key sectors of the real sector of the economy. We plan to prepare proposals for the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation regarding the model of financial support for pilot projects provided for in the federal comprehensive plan. In particular, they are aimed at forming proposals for updating the state program “Energy Development”. We expect that during the discussion with colleagues from the expert community, new research and normative ideas will be formed that will be relevant for the state policy of our country in the field of ecology and environmental protection, ” Irina Zolotova said.

An equally important factor in Russia’s sustainable development is also the reduction of the carbon intensity of the economy. Within the framework of the Technoprom 2021 forum, the Novosibirsk carbon landfill of NSU and the carbon sequestration farm will be opened. “The development and adaptation of appropriate technologies and methods for controlling climate gases will become a good scientific and applied basis for Russian enterprises, including when integrating ESG principles into companies ‘business models,” Irina Zolotova explained.

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