UK energy managers link up with Russia

UK energy managers are forging new links abroad as tomorrow the industry body ESTA is signing a plan with Russian counterparts to swap tips on best practice. The Energy Services […]

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By Vicky Ellis

UK energy managers are forging new links abroad as tomorrow the industry body ESTA is signing a plan with Russian counterparts to swap tips on best practice.

The Energy Services and Technology Association (ESTA) – which represents more than 100 major providers of energy management equipment and services in the UK – is in Russia as part of a business delegation led by Business Secretary Vince Cable.

Since 2009 Russia has had a law encouraging energy efficiency in buildings, requiring energy monitoring software in new buildings and banning the sale of 100 watt lightbulbs. However the law seems to be more of a framework which needs more legislation to strengthen it.

Ahead of the signing with Russia’s National Association of Energy Auditors (NOE), Richard Hipkiss, Chairman of ESTA said: “Both Russia and the UK recognise the importance of using valuable resources like energy more efficiently. This Memorandum of Understanding will allow specialists in both countries to work together in order to help energy users improve energy performance.”

He touted the group’s British members for their expertise in energy auditing and surveys, Monitoring & Targeting (M&T) systems to track consumption and special building energy management systems (BEMS) which automatically control and maintain a building’s internal environment.

Mr Hipkiss added: “We are looking to work closely with our Russian counterparts to share and expand that knowledge and expertise.”

Discussions are developing around the implementation of energy standards such as ISO5000, energy auditing best practice , leading to qualification and experience and training.