RUSNANO Will Create Carbon-Neutral Territory in the Ulyanovsk Region
RUSNANO and the Ulyanovsk Region have signed an agreement at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on a set of practical measures to implement pilot projects in the region to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (Carbon Free Zone). The document has been signed by Sergey Kulikov, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company, and Alexey Russkikh, Acting Governor of the Ulyanovsk Region.
As part of the agreement, a pilot project will be implemented to create a Carbon Free Zone (CFZ) in the Zavolzhye Industrial Park.
Within this territory, the parties will implement a set of measures to introduce and apply technologies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from industrial production. Green technologies for MSW disposal, RES, electric transport, energy efficiency technologies, and others will also be introduced in the carbon-free zone.
Now, the Ulyanovsk region is one of the leaders in RES development. The Wind Energy Development Fund, established by RUSNANO and Fortum, has implemented its first project in the region—the Ulyanovsk Wind Farm-2 with a capacity of 50 MW. Also, the production of composite blades for wind turbines, which are unparalleled in Russia, is localized in the region. Partners in the project were Vestas, RUSNANO, and the Ulyanovsk Region Investors Consortium, which included the ULNANOTECH Ulyanovsk Nanocentre and the Regional Development Corporation. Investments totaled more than RUB 2 billion, and more than 400 jobs were created.
In addition, RUSNANO actively cooperates with the Ulyanovsk region in the field of education. With the support of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP, RUSNANO Group), the Ulyanovsk State Technical University together with the Bauman Moscow State Technical University (MSTU) implement programs for professional development, training, and retraining of personnel in the field of wind energy, specialists in wind power component production technologies, and project management in the wind power industry.
There are currently 40 students in the department. This is a special year for the department, with its first graduation: 11 students are finishing their undergraduate studies.
“RUSNANO and the Ulyanovsk region have a long-standing partnership. Here our first wind energy project was launched, which has actually turned the region into a flagship in the renewable energy sector. Today we are taking another important step in this direction by creating a pilot carbon-neutral territory. In fact, here in this region, we will be testing technologies that will then be replicated across the country to reduce the carbon footprint. In the long run, all this will lead to an improvement in the quality of life of our citizens and reduce the costs of Russian exporters,” said Sergey Kulikov, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company.
“The green economy is a unique case where our decisions are determined not so much by economic gain as by the strategic need to improve our competitiveness in the global technology and innovation market. Today, more than ten companies are active in the renewable energy sector in the Ulyanovsk region, supplying components, raw materials, design, construction, and training services in cooperation. In addition, all major foreign investors who have opened their industrial enterprises in the region are world leaders in implementing green technologies and are actively implementing green policies at their plants here in Ulyanovsk,” said Alexey Russkikh, Acting Governor of the Ulyanovsk Region.
The RUSNANO Group includes the RUSNANO Joint Stock Company, the RUSNANO Management Company and the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs. Thanks to RUSNANO’s investments, there are currently 138 factories and R&D Centers opened in 37 regions in Russia.