BASED IN MOSCOw, the Center for Energy Efficiency (CENEf) is a nonprofit independent Russian organization founded in 1992 to promote energy efficiency and environmental protection in Russia. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratories of Battelle Memorial Institute, the World Wildlife Fund, the Social and Ecological Union (in Russia), and Mikhail Berner, president of the Russian Energy Manager's Association, founded the center. Initial sponsorship was provided by the World Wildlife Fund, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Charles Stewart
Mott Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. CENEf has been self-sustaining since 1996. As stated by Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, the center was created to slow the rate of carbon dioxide emission, a key greenhouse gas that causes global warming, and to create new markets for American energy technologies.
CENEf was founded with the intention to develop model legislation and policy proposals to implement energy efficiency measures in Russia during its transition to a market economy, while considering economic, environmental, and social impacts implied in such transition. CENEf identified energy efficiency-related issues and developed policy papers on these issues, initiated energy-efficiency projects, and promoted economic cooperation between Russian and foreign companies to manufacture energy-efficient equipment and provide energy-efficiency services. CENEf has also prepared and disseminated materials for mass media to promote public education and has organized energy-efficiency training programs for nongovernmental organizations.
CENEf also publishes two quarterly newsletters, Energy Efficiency and Energy Manager, which reach 2,200 Russian city officials, utility managers, and industrial energy managers. It has strong contacts with city and regional governments throughout Russia. CENEf has developed long-term, energy-efficiency investment plans for municipal utilities in Kostroma, Chelyabinsk, Lytkarino, Dzerzhinsk, Zhe-leznogorsk, and the Orlov region. Participating cities have already invested more than $2 million of their own funds, and will eventually acquire and install roughly $65 million worth of equipment. CENEf also organizes seminars and training programs for industrial energy managers across Russia and holds an annual workshop and trade show each May.
Because of its strong contacts at the municipal level, CENEf is a partner of the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) and of its Municipal Network for Energy Efficiency (MUNEE) project to promote exchanges of information among municipal leaders and to disseminate practical information on energy efficiency. CENEf traced 19 good examples of energy efficiency in Russia, and developed a municipal energy-efficiency policy through a data base of city officials involved in energy issues. The database serves as a line of communication across the country to inform municipal leaders about low- and no-cost methods of reducing energy expenses in their city budget. CENEf's involvement in the MUNEE project is of particular importance because of the trouble that Russian cities have monitoring energy costs. In response to this need, CENEf devised a software package called Energy Attestat that can monitor energy use in up to 100 buildings. It has played a leading role in the creation of energy-monitoring tools and in disseminating them through all the MUNEE countries.
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