As he opened the meeting, the head of state pointed out the current lack of incentives to introduce environmental and resource-saving technologies. As a result, Dmitry Medvedev stressed that obsolete technologies are still in place, which in the end affects Russia’s international competitiveness.
The President called for immediate measures for improving the energy efficiency of the economy and the environmental situation, including the preparation of a fully-fledged system of standards to determine a project’s impact on the environment, as well as differentiated systems of standards for the quality of water, air and soil for each territory.
It is also necessary to change the requirements for energy efficient technologies, buildings, structures, and production generally, as well as improving the system of technical regulation.
The President noted that the 2009 federal budget and that of subsequent years will provide funding for projects related to the use of renewable energy and the introduction of environmentally-friendly and energy efficient technologies.