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Business opportunities in modernization of waste management in Murmansk region

Murmansk region is one of the pilot regions in Russia to implement a modern waste management infrastructure during the year 2017. This creates opportunities for Finnish companies that provide waste processing and waste-to-energy solutions.

Waste management legislation is tightening in Russia. The year 2017 is officially the Year of Ecology in Russia. During the theme year, Murmansk region and 24 other pilot regions should modernize their waste management infrastructure. The goal is that by 2019 all the Russian regions will move to modern waste handling.

Solutions to handle household and industrial waste

The population of Murmansk region is 758 000. The amount of yearly produced household waste is ca. 250 000 tons. Currently, there is only one old incinerator in the region. Especially illegal waste landfills are serious problem and there is social pressure to find new waste handling solutions.

The Murmansk region administration plans to open two new waste sorting stations and a waste landfill in the region during 2017. A new regional plan is drafted and confirmed. There is already a concession agreement to build a modern waste sorting station and a landfill for solid waste at Northern part of Murmansk region.

In addition to solutions for effective collection and handling of household waste, there is also need for solutions that handle industrial wastewater and hazardous waste.

Competitive advantage of Finns

Murmansk region is located almost completely north of the Arctic Circle and has a harsh and unstable Arctic climate. Finns are familiar with challenges caused by the location and Finnish waste-to-energy technology suits well the Arctic conditions.

The brand image of Finnish cleantech solutions is excellent in the area; and closeness of Finland enhances interest in Finnish solutions.

In addition, the Finnish Consulate in Murmansk has a good relationship with the local administrators who are committed to get the waste management infrastructure built.

In Russia, in general, there is strong interest towards Finnish waste management solutions. A Russian business delegation, led by Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sergey Donskoy, visited Finland at the beginning of March 2017. The delegation visited Ekokem hazardous waste handling station in Riihimäki and Finnish waste incinerator plants.

Seize the opportunity – join Arctic waste handling seminar in Murmansk!

The Finnish Consulate in Murmansk, in cooperation with local administration, will organize a waste handling seminar in Murmansk in April/May 2017. This one-day seminar “Together solutions to Arctic waste handling challenges” will be followed next day by visits to selected waste handling locations and possibly meetings with local stakeholders.

If you are interested in joining the seminar, or otherwise learning more about the ways to seize the opportunities in Murmansk region, please contact Tarmo Suomalainen, FRCC’s Senior Advisor located in St. Petersburg.

Tarmo Suomalainen
Senior Advisor, Cleantech
Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce (FRCC)
+7 812 322 2121
+7 921 9157610

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