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Roundtable “Increasing Fuel Economy and Cutting Motor Vehicle Emissions in Russia” will be held during the Forum “Transport of Russia”

A roundtable “Increasing Fuel Economy and Cutting Motor Vehicle Emissions in Russia” will be held during the 7th International Forum “Transport of Russia” at Gostiny Dvor Complex (Conference Hall 3) from 14:30 to 16:00 on 6 December 2013. The event is organised by the team implementing the joint project between the UNDP and the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation “Reducing GHG Emissions from Road Transport in Russia’s Medium-sized Cities”.

The roundtable will be attended by representatives of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management of Austria, as well as representatives of global international organisations: the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS, the Global Fuel Economy Initiative, and the Department for Transport and Infrastructure of the Eurasian Economic Commission.

The Russian transport complex faces serious challenges associated with development of the transport infrastructure, introduction of innovative technologies, replenishment of transport fleets with new vehicles that comply with modern safety, reliability and environmental standards, as well as the need to expand use of clean vehicles and fuels.

In the coming years, efforts to reduce CO2 emissions will be front and centre in order to respond to the global challenge to safeguard the environment. According to studies by the International Energy Agency, the fuel economy of motor transport is of primary importance for cutting CO2 emissions, as it is motor transport that is the key energy consumer.

The International Energy Agency analyses fuel economy trends in many countries, including Russia. On the basis of the IEA reports, the national fuel economy average for Russia was 8.33 L/100 km in 2005 and 8.11 L/100 km in 2008, with a decrease of 0.9%. In 2010, fuel use further decreased to 7.8 L/100 km, and in 2011, to 7.7 L/100 km. For comparison: the global fuel economy average went down from 8 L/100 km to 7.2 L/100 km, with an annual average fuel economy of 1.8% (% per year). 

The transport complex of the developed economies consumes about 50% combined oil production, so efforts to boost fuel efficiency of motor vehicles are of tremendous importance.

Reducing motor fuel consumption is one of the most effective instruments for cutting CO2 emissions in transportation. Introduction of specific auto fuel economy standards and enabling incentive structures will accelerate use of fuel efficient vehicles. Tax credits and other incentives will increase sales of low emission vehicles by reducing their payback period.

The objective of the roundtable is to combine efforts to develop the first steps towards promoting fuel efficiency of motor transport in Russia through use of federal policy instruments, creation of motivation systems, and use of advanced technologies.

The theme of the roundtable will be a focal point of an in-depth discussion, while the proposals outlined during the debate will increase the level of the engagement between the government, scientific and business communities and establish new inter-industry, inter-regional and international contacts.

Please contact Assistant Project Manager Rimma Vladimirovna Filippova if you have any questions concerning participation and the programme of the event. Telephone: +7 (495) 787-213; email:

The 7th International Forum and Exhibition “Transport of Russia” will be taking place at Moscow’s Gostiny Dvor Complex from 5 to 7 December 2013 as part of Transport Week 2013. The Forum will feature a presentation of the progress of the Federal Target Programme “Development of the Russian Transport System in 2010-2015”, as well as conferences focusing on development of the transport sector.

Co-organizer: Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation
Organizer: Business Dialogue

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