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Russian Companies Go Green

Published: February 5, 2014 (Issue # 1796)



  • Baltika brewing company and Coca Cola Hellenic have both invested time and money into cleaning up waste.
    Photo: Coca Cola / For SPT

Compared to other industrialized economies, Russia is only now beginning to develop green strategies for business. Led by large international corporations, Russian businesses have begun to realize the necessity of maintaining ecological standards and developing technologies that reduce the harmful influence of manufacturing on the environment. To address these issues and more, a conference dedicated to ecologically responsible business was held in Moscow by the St. Petersburg Ecological Union at the end of 2013.

According to a report by the Russian government from 2011 about the state of the countrys environment, 58 percent of cities suffer from high or very high levels of air pollution. 55.1 million people, or 53 percent of the total population of Russia, are affected.

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To address this potentially catastrophic situation, a number of large companies have begun to introduce programs that support environmental conservation. The first area of attention is the reduction of waste. In 2013, Coca Cola and the World Wildlife Foundation announced a joint initiative consisting of ten energy-saving principals. As a result of the program, Coca Cola expects to reduce its influence on the climate by 49 percent in Novosibirsk and 40 percent in Krasnoyarsk compared to emissions from 2004, according to the company.

This achievement is significant. It will have a positive influence on the activity of Coca Cola Hellenic in Russia and on the condition of the whole planet by bringing the standards of efficient climate protection to a new level, said Matthew Banks, Senior Manager of the WWFs Business and Climate program.

In addition to being environmentally friendly, the program also offers companies significant savings.

Related: Eco-Consciousness on the Rise in Russia

Baltika Breweries seeks to reduce its impact on the environment by producing and using alternative fuel sources at its sites in Khabarovsk, Samara and Yaroslavl. Another of the companys ecological initiatives is water purification. The company already has water treatment facilities at its breweries and plans to build new ones by 2017.

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Saturday, Aug. 30


Break out the tweed and channel your inner Englishman during the English Hunt Picnic this afternoon organized by the Bagmut stables from Krasny Bor in the Leningrad Oblast. Equestrian stunts, English archery and classic hunting fashion will all be available to visitors hoping to live like the characters in Downton Abbey if only for a day. Tickets for the event cost 7,900 rubles ($219.40).


Bookworms will have their chance to swap out well-read classics for something new for their bookshelves at Knigovorot, a free book exchange that will be held in the Yusupov Garden on Sadovaya Ulitsa today. Come for the chance to get a new book or take the opportunity to discuss the literary merits of your favorite authors with fellow fans.



Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russias best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russias most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkins, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontovs short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library Systems website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Clubs weekly meetings every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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