We estimate that up to 350,000 tonnes are generated each year. To this end, the Government has set us the task of, firstly, creating a system for recording waste turnover for the first and second hazard categories. That kind of system was launched in test mode last year. Again, under the Government’s supervision, working in perfect tandem with business, with the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, with other business associations, we tested it, — Alexey Likhachev, Director General, State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM.
We have launched a massive inventory process across the country. It’s a large number - about 30,000 sites. Like Krasny Bor, for example. From all over the Soviet Union, from the Baltic States to the Central Asian republics, toxic waste from industrial enterprises was dumped at one spot in the Soviet Union — Victoria Abramchenko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.
Special carbon landfills are now being set up across the country, financed by private businesses rather than budgetary funds. That’s the way it should be. So that we can understand how much industry emits [carbon dioxide – Ed.], where it emits, how much forests absorb here. Because it isn’t just the forests that absorb CO2, by the way – tundra absorbs, and moss absorbs, and steppes absorb. [...] I think this [the creation of carbon polygons – Ed.] will yield results — Sergei Ivanov, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation on Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport.