Sustainable energy at the XVI International Conference on Environmental Education for Sustainable Development in Moscow

Olga Senova

On June 25-26, Moscow hosted an international conference on environmental
education for sustainable development ( The Conference was organized by Green Cross International, the Russian Ecological Congress, the Russian Socio-Ecological Union, MNEPU, the Swiss Green Cross, the Norwegian Society for Nature Conservation, and the State Public Scientific Technical Library. Presentations of the first day of the conference, which took place in the Gorbachev Foundation, can be found here:

The participants of the workshop "Smart Energy and Problems of Education," co-organized by the Russian Green Cross and the Russian Socio-Ecological Union, discussed how to educate those who practically implement energy efficiency and
energy saving solutions in construction, in the residential sector, in agriculture, in industry, in offices and at home.

Dag Arne Hoystad, the expert of the Norwegian Society for Conservation of Nature, presented the report "Education on energy conservation in buildings." Issues of power consumption are key ones in achieving sustainable development. Expertise in the field of energy saving is necessary for everyone, for the energy producers, builders, house managers and common consumers. Development of forms of education and enlightenment for all these target groups is the most vital task of education for sustainable development.

The Norwegian Society for Nature Conservation has experience in educational outreach on this topic - the mobile exhibition of energy-efficient solutions, with the logo "Energy saving is the largest power plant in Norway." SPARE project is a vivid example of such education. In it, education goes along with practical steps of students for saving energy at school, at home, in a village, and in the neighborhood.

The participants of the "Smart energy and education problems" workshop discussed how separate examples of introduction of renewable energy and implementation of
separate education programs could be transformed in the actions on the all-national level. The elective course for senior schoolchildren "We and Energy" developed under the SPARE project in the Far Eastern Federal District was presented at the workshop.

Alexander Chumakov, the coordinator of the "Smart Energy" Green Cross International program, presented a look at the opportunities for sustainable agricultural development in Russia through the full utilization of greenhouse gases in processing of cattle-breeding waste into electricity, heat, fertilizers, and biomass. These decisions require environmental education for authorities, the general population, and representatives of business. Presentation Chumakov (rus)
Alexei Ilyushchenko (the Korolev College of space engineering and technology) made a report with the analysis of the regulatory framework in the focus of the implementation of municipal programs on energy conservation and energy efficiency. Ilyushenko_presentation (rus)
Olga Senova, representing the Friends of the Baltic and the Climate Secretariat of the Russian Socio-Ecological Union, described the experience of education of journalists, and the media tour "Climate and Green Energy» ( recently held in the Leningrad region. The journalists got acquainted with the relations between climate change and the issues of production and consumption of energy and with examples of implementation of sustainable low-carbon energy solutions: wind energy for small businesses, a boiler-house using wood waste, and a newly built village with passive (energy efficient) houses.

The conference sent suggestions on the steps needed, according to NGOs, for
implementation of the Climate Doctrine, the Federal Law on Energy Conservation and Energy Strategy of Russia, adopted in 2009, to the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Natural Resources.