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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 country’s 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 WWF’s 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 company’s 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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Wednesday, Nov. 26


AmCham’s Public Relations Committee will meet this afternoon in their office in the New St. Isaac’s Office Center on Ulitsa Yakubovicha at 4 p.m.


Zoosphere, an international exhibition focusing on the pet industry, opens today at the Lenexpo convention center on Vasilievsky Island. Not only will items such as toys, terrariums and accessories be available for purchase, but animal enthusiasts can also learn about the latest in veterinary medicine and behavioral training thanks to the conferences and presentations that are part of the event.



Thursday, Nov. 27


The Customs and Transportation Committee for AmCham meets this morning at 9 a.m. in their office on Ulitsa Yakubovicha.


Tickets are still available for local KHL team SKA St. Petersburg’s showdown with Siberian club Metallurg Novokuznetsk tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Ice Palace outside the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. Tickets can be purchased on the team’s website, at the arena box office or in their merchandise store on Nevsky Prospekt.


Celebrate one of Russian literature’s most tragic figures during Blok Days, a two-day celebration of the 134th anniversary of the poet’s birthday. The tragic tenor’s work, which led to writer Maxim Gorky to hail him as Russia’s greatest living poet before his death in 1921, will be recited and meetings and discussions about his contributions to the Silver Age of literature in St. Petersburg will be discussed in the confines of his former residence.



Friday, Nov. 28


Join table game aficionados at the British Book Center’s Board Game Evening. Held every Friday at 5 p.m., aficionados and amateurs alike can come take part in a variety of different games that test one’s intellect and cunning.



Saturday, Nov. 29


Cats, dogs, birds, rodents and reptiles are just some of the things that will walk and crawl at Lenexpo convention center this weekend as part of Zooshow, a two-day exhibition featuring not only man’s best friends but a four-legged fashion show, as well as a food fair that will help pet owners find out more about which kibbles are best for their hungry pets.



Sunday, Nov. 30


Remember the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Russo-Finnish war in 1939 during today’s reenactment titled “Winter War: How it Was.” More than 200 people will take part in recreating the opening salvoes of the battle for the north in Kamenka, a small village situated between Vyborg and St. Petersburg, using authentic equipment and vintage vehicles from the era. The faux battle begins at 2 p.m.



Monday, Dec. 1


Serbia filmmaker Emir Kusturica is the featured guest this evening at the Lensovet Palace of Culture the Petrograd Side. Fans of the director will get the chance to watch his movie “Black Cat, White Cat,” as well as ask questions about his award-winning filmography. Tickets for the event, which starts at 7 p.m., start at 2,000 rubles ($42.50).



Tuesday, Dec. 2


Today is the final day of “Takoy Festival,” a three-week program of plays based on the works of Dostoevsky, Remarque and other famed European writers, whose work is transcribed for theatrical performances. Tonight’s festival finale is “Fathers and Sons,” a two-act drama staged by the Novosibirsk Academic Drama Theater based on Turgenev’s classic about familial relations.



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