The XI International Forum

Arctic: today and the future

December 2-4, 2021, St.Petersburg

 

HISTORY: 2020 - X INTERNATIONAL FORUM «ARCTIC: THE PRESENT AND THE FUTURE»

The Association of Polar Explorers' (ASPOL) Public Committee for the Environment, headed by Oleg Budargin, discussed the formulation of a public environmental standard in the Arctic.

17.06.2015

The Association of Polar Explorers' (ASPOL) Public Committee for the Environment, headed by Oleg Budargin, discussed the formulation of a public environmental standard in the Arctic.

A regular meeting of the Public Committee for the Environment of the Association of Polar Explorers (ASPOL), chaired by Oleg Budargin, the CEO of Rosseti and Vice-President of ASPOL for the Environment, was held in St. Petersburg on June 9, 2015 as one of the activities of St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Participants included experts, representatives of organizations that work in the Arctic Zone of the RF, scientists, and public figures.

The key issue on the Committee's agenda is the formulation of a public environmental standard, which will be proposed for planning and implementation of commercial activities in the Arctic, as well as during the development of new projects and the evaluation of existing ones in the Arctic Zone of the RF.

Opening the event, Budargin emphasized that creation of environmental standards aimed at ensuring environmental safety in the Arctic is a definite innovation, since as there are simply no such standards in Russia. "All companies should adopt internal rules for working in the Arctic. This is the key objective of our work," said the CEO of Rosseti. According to Budargin, the third meeting of the Public Committee for the Environment of the Association of Polar Explorers, which will present the results of the development of environmental standards, will take place in December.

The Committee meeting heard reports of its participants on the risks of significant deterioration of the environmental situation in the Arctic due to intensifying industrial and scientific development of the region. The participants noted that the coming years may see significant air and water pollution, pollution and depletion of subsoil resources and soil, as well as critical reduction and possible extinction of certain animal species.

In this connection, the Committee plans to develop the "Environmental Safety of the Arctic" standard, which will become a public code of environmental culture. The participants believe that this will make it possible to ensure flexibility in current and future environmental initiatives and the best practices during work on the Arctic shelf and will strengthen of the environmental responsibility of those who work in the Arctic. The Committee discussed the key functional areas of the future standard. "Creation of a public standard for environmental safety of the Arctic is aimed at ensuring the environmental safety of the region. The priority tasks include protection of the air, subsoil resources, and soils from pollution, contamination, and depletion, as well as protection of water," said Roman Berdnikov, First Deputy CEO for Technical Policy of Rosseti and expert of the Public Committee for the Environment of the Association of Polar Explorers.

The standard is expected to take into account the following set of measures to protect the environment in the Arctic: implementation of modern environmental behavioral culture and eco-technologies during work in the region, elimination of accumulated environmental damage, modern technological solutions to a prevent negative impact of oil extraction on the environment, creation of a national fund for protection of the seas from pollution, introduction of marine monitoring mechanisms and projects for recycling, including by public-private partnerships.
A special expert team will be created within the Committee to develop the public environmental standard. Scientific and expert organizations will be involved in its work. In August-September 2015, the expert team for public standard development of the Committee for the Environment of the Association of Polar Explorers will hold several field meetings in the regions of the Arctic Zone of the RF in order to involve the broadest spectrum of participants in the work on the environmental standard.

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