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WWF Unveils Russia's First Environmental Transparency Rankings of the Country's Heat and Power Generating Enterprises

22 december 2019
On December 23, the UNEP Programme in Russia (Moscow) in Russia (Moscow) hosted a presentation of the results of the country's first environmental transparency and responsibility rankings of heat and power generating enterprises

The research initiated by WWF-Russia is financed by the European Union, as part of the WWF- EU project "People for Nature".

The results were calculated by the Analytical Center of the National Rating Agency based on the original methodology developed by WWF-Russia.

The methodology of the new rankings was developed using the already established principles for the corresponding oil and gas and mining and steel rankings, taking into account the industry's specifics. The study covered only fossil fuel-driven heat and power generation. The environmental responsibility of the country's heat and power generating enterprises were judged on 24 criteria. The study featured 15 enterprises. 

The study results are as follows: Irkutskenergo OJSC ranked first, followed by RusHydro PJSC and Enel Russia PJSC. 

The organizers note that the main purpose of the pilot rankings was to encourage industry enterprises to operate in a more transparent manner, since over the last decade power generating enterprises have been particularly reluctant to share information, which is a significant hurdle to reducing their environmental impact.   

"Without objective and open access information about the scale and types of environmental impact, it is impossible to effectively achieve its mitigation," argues Alexey Knizhnikov, Head of the Program for the Business Environmental Responsibility at WWF-Russia. "The pilot rankings of power generating enterprises show that this industry is considerably behind other sectors in terms of transparency. Public efforts should thus be first and foremost focused on improving environmental transparency of companies in this industry." 

About the WWF-Russia industry rankings
The rankings are primarily aimed at increasing corporate responsibility and creating effective feedback mechanisms for companies and stakeholders. This year, a total of 76 largest companies in the country's leading industries took part in the WWF industry rankings, including 20 oil and gas enterprises and 41 mining and steel enterprises. The heat and power generation rankings included 15 enterprises.  

About the People for Nature project
Carried out by WWF-Russia with the support of the European Union, the People for Nature project is aimed at engaging a wider circle of stakeholders in environmental protection. The project is carried in 2019–2022. Its goals include protecting forests through the prevention of their degradation and illegal exploitation, as well as mitigating environmental impact of the industry by reducing air and water pollution and improving environmental responsibility of the business.

(с) Anton VORAUER / WWF-Canon

(с) Vyacheslav Zamyslov / WWF-Russia
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Oil & Gas Programme Leader