This year, after February, a number of businesses, including large ones, came out with an initiative to reform the technical committee for standardization called ‘Sustainable Development’ to develop their own national standards, including reporting, in the field of sustainable development. This is a business initiative — Anton Shalaev, Head of the Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology (Rosstandart).
So far, a large number of companies have closed the disclosure of information about their finances, status, all the information that may contribute to additional sanctions pressure. And that's right. We are currently examining how much disclosure of additional non-financial information can be considered in the context of additional sanctions pressure — Vladimir Chistyukhin, First Deputy Governor, The Central Bank of the Russian Federation (Bank of Russia).
International systems that used to work in Russia have suspended their activities. In this regard, we have tried to absorb into our standard – this is still a project, but we really hope for an early finalization – all the best experience that has been accumulated. These systems, worldwide and in Russia, mainly evaluate commercial real estate. Residential real estate accounts for a smaller part of the assessment. However, taking into account the fact that the construction industry and housing and communal services produce about 40% of Co2 emissions, and housing and communal services depend, to a certain extent, on construction, how the house is built, it is very important to focus on residential real estate accordingly. This can make a really big contribution to climate ecology — Marina Slutskaya, Sustainability Director, DOM.RF Bank.
Are there fewer resources to implement the climate agenda? Yes, of course. But in fact, previously there were not that many of these resources. That is why we have always proceeded from a fairly simple paradigm: our country has such a feature that is very convenient for the implementation of the green agenda and climate topics, so we need to do a lot of important urgent tasks facing us in various areas, which at the same time lead to an improvement in the environmental situation and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. [...] The current situation only provides additional opportunities for such a combination — Sergey Tverdokhleb, General Director, MCC EuroChem; Member of the Board of Directors, SUEK.
GOST standards are voluntary, but the law on standardization has a unique opportunity that is being used more and more: the use of references to GOST standards in regulatory legal acts. And what happens? As soon as you have a reference to GOST in a regulatory legal act, a de jure voluntary document becomes a de facto mandatory one — Anton Shalaev, Head of the Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology (Rosstandart).