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New law on air quality monitoring and pollution quotas adds pressure on Russian industries to modernize their processes

In the end of December 2019 Russia passed a law to create a national air quality monitoring system for the following big industrial cities: Bratsk, Krasnojarsk, Lipetsk, Magnitogorsk, Mednogorsk, Nizhniy Tagil, Novokuznetsk, Norilsk, Omsk, Chelyabinsk, Tserepovets and Tsita. The aim is to reduce air pollution both from the industry and traffic. Legislation is part of a ’Clean air’ project implemented under national project ’Ecology’.
The monitoring system should be functioning no later than 31st of December 2024 and it will be created and operated by federal service of surveillance over exploitation of nature. The law puts pressure on polluting industries which increases their willingness to invest in solutions that will improve their efficiency and cut emissions. The solutions include closing small and ineffective energy stations, installing filtering systems, modernizing industrial boilers and burners as well as improving or changing processes.
The total budget of ’Clean air’ project is almost 69 billion rubles, from which closer to 9 billion is budgetary funding and the biggest share, 58 billion, private investments expected to be made by federal and local companies.


In 2017 Russia launched a national project called Ecology, which in practice started only in 2019. The Ecology-project includes six themes: water, waste, forest, biodiversity, technology and finally, air. Air theme has been allocated one of the biggest budgets, which consists mostly from private investments. The law on setting emission quotas described here is one of the major achievements of the air project in 2019.


​Companies offering industrial clients solutions for cutting emissions.


  • emission monitoring
  • incineration technology
  • consulting on improving energy efficiency and selecting alternative processes
  • industrial waste stream processing (eg. slag)
  • other technology such as modern boilers


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