Support Activities

Implementation of Support Activities

Over the past years, the priority of cooperation was to align the work on Barents Environmental Hot Spots with the implementation of the Russian legislation on permit granting based on Best Available Techniques (BAT). The Russian legislation on Best Available Techniques (BAT) for the industry was adopted in 2015 and aims at introducing a new system of state regulation on environmentally hazardous industries more similar to the Nordic countries. The legislation requires industries to achieve specified conditions and to develop and implement action plans. Around 300 enterprises were selected as pilots for the new legislation in 2015. Some of the chosen enterprises are also on the Barents Hot Spot List, as Kola GMK, owning the nickel producing plants in Nikel and Zapolyarny (Murmansk M1) and the Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Mill in Novodvinsk (Arkhangelsk A4).

In addition, since 2016, the design and implementation of Support Activities have strengthened the progress made on the environmental hot spots. The aim of so-called supporting activities is to use the collective expertise and experience of the Nordic countries and Russia to support the hot spots on taking further steps towards exclusion, strengthen environmental action and support the implementation of the Russian legislation on BAT.

The Barents cooperation on Hot Spots aims to contribute to capacity building for environmental authorities and Hot Spots owners to make the transition of the new BAT legislation smoother. Hot Spots support activities are developed with funding through the Barents Hot Spots Facility, a funding instrument managed by the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation, NEFCO. Through the Barents cooperation on Hot Spots, experts from the environmental authorities of the Barents countries meet and exchange their experiences and practices. Since 2018, the work has been done in close cooperation with the Russian Federal State Autonomous Organization 'Research Institute 'Environmental Industrial Policy Center' (Russian BAT Bureau).

Since there are strong synergies between the exclusion procedure and the permit granting process, the ambition is to use the BAT-reform as a lever to promote environmental action and technical modernization on the Barents hot spots as well as beyond to impact environmentally hazardous enterprises across the Russian Federation. 

 Overview of Support Activity Implementation

 SA No1 – Capacity Building on BAT, FZ-219 and Hotspots Exclusion for a) Managers and b) Experts

o No1a – Introduction Seminar in Moscow
o No1b for Syktyvkar
o No1b for Petrozavodsk
o No1b for Naryan-Mar
o No1b for Arkhangelsk
o No1b for Murmansk

Read the Report on SA No1 of the Russian BAT Bureau

SA No2 - Branch Wise Seminars: Build in-deep capacity on applied BAT for experts in authorities and enterprises within the respective sector

o No2 for Waste
o No2  for Pulp and Paper Industry
o No2 for Water and Wastewater Treatment
o No2 for Oil and Contaminated Grounds

Read the Report on seminar in Syktyvkar, Komi Republic (Pulp and Paper)
Read the Report on events in Petrozavodsk, Karelia, and Naryan-Mar, NAO (Water and Wastewater)

SA No3 – Branch Wise Study Tours: Spread knowledge on Nordic Experience of BAT based on cases from Nordic countries

o No3 for Pulp and Paper
o No3 for WWTP

SA No4 – Drafting of Environmental Performance Enhancement Plans: Provide selected hot spots with individual Action Plans (Step 4) in the form required under FZ-219 (i.e 'Environmental Performance Enhancement Plans')

o No4 for Ko3-2 Mondi Syktyvkar in combination with No5
o No4 for K5 Petrozavodsk WWTP in combination with No5

Read the Report on SA No4 and No5 for Ko3-2 and K5 of the Russian BAT Bureau

SA No5 – Pilot Exercises in BAT based Permit Granting leading to Agreed Criteria at selected pilot plants: Provide applied experience in the Barents region of using the BAT-based permit granting currently introduced in the Russian Federation

o No5 addressed for Ko3-2 Mondi Syktyvkar in combination with No4
o No5 addressed for K5 Petrozavodsk WWTP in combination with No4

SA No6 – Refinement of Screening & Analysis Reports and Determination of Specific Exclusion Criteria (Step2+3) 

SA No7 – Action Planning 

SA No8 – Action Implementation 

SA No9 – Voluntary Climate Inventories: Map out climate impact from volunteering hot spots and/or regions and thus induce more climate mitigation actions in the regions

SA No10 – Support to Outreach and Communication

Read more about Barents Hot Spots Facility and apply for funding!

Read more about the BAT process in Russia:

Publication of the Russian BAT Bureau, 2018, 'Comparative Analysis of the Drawing up and Review of Reference Documents on Best Available Techniques in the European Union and in the Russian Federation'

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