Energy efficiency is a driver of digital economy and a critical element for improving production competitiveness. Rostelecom develops and actively implements energy saving and energy efficiency projects. Each of these projects is aimed at cutting electricity, heat, and water consumption, as well as reducing the usage of road, air, and all-terrain transport. The Company uses natural resources sustainably and upgrades networks and infrastructure by introducing more energy efficient equipment. PJSC Rostelecom seeks to reduce its energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and helps its customers to follow suit. Energy efficiency is one of the key focus areas outlined in Rostelecom’s Innovative Development Programme for 2016–2020. Energy efficiency is a critical component of developing smart cities within the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation national programme.
Centralised initiatives to improve the Company’s energy efficiency over the long term and reduce the environmental footprint include optimising and standardising the operation of communications networks. In particular, we implement projects to upgrade our data network and data centres, virtualise the infrastructure, and deploy remote equipment monitoring technologies. In addition, communications networks in rural areas are upgraded and warehousing logistics processes are optimised, driving cuts in the Company’s energy consumption. Rostelecom also seeks to reduce vehicle operating costs. Fleet optimisation, in its turn, helps cut the cost of fuel and lubricants, reduce waste generated by vehicle operation (such as batteries, tyres, used oils) and vehicle exhaust emissions.
In 2017, PJSC Rostelecom introduced its Energy Policy, setting requirements for managing the Company’s activities and promoting energy saving and energy efficiency. The Policy was developed to formalise the Company’s new principles and commitments on energy saving and energy efficiency, as well as relevant implementation methods and mechanisms. The document supports and promotes the deployment and improvement of the energy management and energy performance system within its defined scope and boundaries. The Company’s energy policy is focused on reducing the energy component of the cost of services and cutting operating expenses on the maintenance of buildings and electrical equipment across all Rostelecom’s core business lines.
The Company’s branches develop energy saving and energy efficiency action plans on an annual basis. A total of 461 activities were carried out in 2018, resulting in a year-on-year reduction in energy consumption of:
- electricity, by 52,150,000 kWh (3.74%)
- heat, by 39,438 Gcal (3.38%)
- cold water, by 288,260 cu m (11.15%)
- hot water, by 16,490 cu m (7.62%)
- natural gas, by 3,332,000 cu m (10.91%)
Total number of projects — 461, facilities covered — 674, total cost — RUB 218,874,000.
|Fuel and energy item||Unit of measurement||Actual consumption in 2016||Actual consumption in 2017||Actual consumption in 2018||Savings percentage in 2018 by volume||Possible reasons for the change|
|Electricity||thousand kWh||1,682,578.00||1,394,200.29||1,342,050.67||— 3.74%|| Optimisation (reduction) of the real estate portfolio. |
Upgrades of telecommunications equipment.
Disconnection of non-core loads (including unused buildings and premises).
|Heat||Gcal||1,243,338.59||1,167,448.54||1,128,010.78||— 3.38%|| Activities to reduce heat loss at facilities (the Cost Optimisation and Improvement of Fuel and Energy Management at PJSC Rostelecom project). |
Optimisation (reduction) of the real estate portfolio.
Saving and metering (installation of automated heat metering units, weather-compensated controllers, and heat recovery systems).
|Cold water||cu m||2,776,347.84||2,584,312.82||2,296,051.11||— 11.15%|| Optimisation (reduction) of the real estate portfolio. |
Saving and metering (installation of water meters)
|Hot water||cu m||374,867.28||216,495.18||200,006.27||— 7.62%|| Activities to reduce heat loss at facilities (the Cost Optimisation and Improvement of Fuel and Energy Management at PJSC Rostelecom project). |
Optimisation (reduction) of the real estate portfolio.
Saving and metering (installation of water meters and weather-compensated controllers)
|Natural gas||cu m||38,316,914.00||30,540,204.00||27,208,191.49||— 10.91%|| Reduction in the number of boiler facilities, installation of more energy-efficient boilers. |
Activities to reduce heat loss at facilities
|Liquefied gas||l||1,266,922.08||1,123,053.24||1,087,580.07||— 3.16%||Reduction of the gas-powered vehicle fleet|
|Coal||t||12,363.60||10,010.99||10,695.46||6.84%||Higher number of abnormally cold days during the 2017/2018 winter season in the regions covered by the Ural Macroregional Branch and the Siberia Macroregional Branch, where coal-fired boiler facilities are used|
|Wood||cu m||10,127.68||9,860.86||9,237.92||— 6.32%||Optimisation (reduction) of the real estate portfolio|
|Fuel briquettes (pellets)||cu m||485.20||474.78||503.00||5.94%||Higher number of abnormally cold days during the 2017/2018 winter season in the regions covered by the Volga Macroregional Branch, where pellet-fired boiler facilities are used|
|Diesel fuel||l||8,624,524.69||8,535,517.13||7,956,847.58||— 6.78%||Replacement of boilers and diesel generators with more modern and energy-efficient ones|
|Gasoline||l||25,774,005.88||24,447,231.10||28,644,554.40||17.17%||Expansion of the vehicle fleet, increase in mileage per vehicle|
|Name of project/activity||Unit of measurement||2017||2018|
|Activity costs, RUB thousand||Quantitative indicators (number of projects/facilities)||Activity costs, RUB thousand||Quantitative indicators (number of projects/facilities)|
|Installation of sensor-based lighting control systems||facilities||6.00||1||4.50||3|
|Replacement of incandescent and fluorescent lamps with LEDs||facilities||4,403.92||35||1,432.27||502|
|Repairs and upgrades of boiler facilities, replacement of boilers and equipment with modern, higher performance ones||boiler facilities||24,001.62||62||14,476.16||46|
|Installation and upgrades of heat meters||facilities||10,802.45||82||34,347.46||183|
|Installation/upgrades of automated heating control systems (weather-dependent automatics, temperature sensors, remote control systems)||facilities||1,178.00||2||7,517.00||13|
|Repairs and upgrades of heating systems (radiators, heating units, heating pipelines)||facilities||47,655.07||116||48,905.63||115|
|Upgrades of power supply systems||facilities||8,140.63||10||0||0|
|Installation of automated controls on the air conditioning system||facilities||4.20||1||0||0|
|Repair/revamp of the water supply system||facilities||538.30||7||1,284.00||4|
|Installation of water metres||pcs||248.90||39||352.44||9|
|Repair/upgrade of the gas supply system||facilities||137.45||14||0||0|
|Repair/upgrade of gas metering units||pcs||548.00||25||191.68||20|
|Upgrades of lifts to achieve a higher energy efficiency class||facilities||0||0||2.00||5,434|
|Activities to reduce heat loss in buildings, including||-||-||-||-|
|Thermal insulation of doors||pcs||148.10||7||1,565.02||36|
|Installation of PVC windows||pcs||45,171.68||1,985||35,238.41||1,708|
|Thermal insulation of walls||facilities||2,586.06||8||26,658.23||33|
|Insulation of heating pipelines||facilities||1,026.60||27||210.00||1|
|Repairs and insulation of roofs||facilities||26,971.40||41||25,946.02||44|
PJSC Rostelecom’s Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency Programme for 2019–2023 was developed in 2018 with the primary goal of reducing fuel and energy consumption and keeping down fuel and energy costs through a range of technical and organisational energy saving activities considering tariff growth and network expansion.
|Volume||Energy consumption, MJ||Total reduction in energy consumption in 2016, MJ||Volume||Energy consumption, MJ||Total reduction in energy consumption in 2017, MJ||Volume||Energy consumption, MJ||Total reduction in energy consumption in 2018, MJ|
|Indicator||Unit of measurement||2017||2018||2019||2021|
|Specific electricity consumption per 1 sq m of gross area||thousand kWh/sq m||0.155844||0.157176||0.14763||0.142918|
|Specific heat consumption per 1 sq m of gross area||Gcal/sq m||0.130497||0.132109||0.12962||0.125483|
Energy saving is supported by the energy efficiency of the Company’s buildings and offices. Specifically, Rostelecom has been fitting out its premises with LEDs, weather-compensated heating controllers, water saving devices, and materials that reduce heat loss.
|2017||2018||Increase in 2018 vs 2017|
|pcs||sq m||pcs||sq m||pcs||sq m|
|Buildings (offices) fitted with LEDs||866||-||1,182||968,661.1||36.49%||-|
|Buildings (offices) fitted with weather-compensated (climatic) heating controllers||97||318,268.2||185||800,936.4||90.72%||151.65%|
|Buildings (offices) fitted with sensor-based lighting controllers||52||54,806.8||193||118,598.5||271.15%||116.39%|
|Buildings (offices) fitted with controlled shut-off valves on heating appliances||272||454,695.6||510||580,952.8||87.50%||27.77%|
|Data centres and server rooms fitted with free cooling systems||60||-||91||37,014.3||51.67%||-|
|Buildings (offices) fitted with water saving devices (sensor taps, dual flush toilets, etc.)||n/a||n/a||21||36,426.4||-||-|
|Buildings (offices) fitted with integrated electronic heat and energy control systems (Smart Office)||n/a||n/a||41||171,245.9||-||-|
|Buildings (offices) fitted with structural materials that reduce heat loss (PVC windows, wall and roof insulation, etc.)||n/a||n/a||914||1,128,117||-||-|
Note. The indicators shown are cumulative year-end figures.
Rostelecom presented energy efficiency projects for smart cities in Vologda
Rostelecom presented its projects to upgrade street lighting at the Regional Power Industry Investment Conference in Vologda. During a round-table discussion, Rostelecom’s specialists talked about energy efficient technologies offered by the Company to local authorities, businesses, and institutions, as well as the Company’s successful track record of performance under energy service contracts. Rostelecom views projects to upgrade outdoor lighting as a vital element of the Smart City programme. The Company replaces obsolete street lights with energy efficient dimming sodium-vapour lamps or LEDs (which change brightness when supply voltage changes) and rolls out an automated lighting control system. Smart street lamps and modern technologies help make city streets safer and reduce energy consumption.
Smart lighting by Rostelecom installed in Vyatskiye Polyany
In 2018, Rostelecom upgraded the street lighting network in Vyatskiye Polyany (Kirov Region) under an energy service contract signed by the operator and the local authorities. By deploying an automated street lighting control system and installing modern energy saving street lights, the municipality will cut street lighting costs by 70%. Over six years, at least 5.7 million kWh will be saved. Rostelecom’s specialists replaced old street lamps with 2,333 LEDs which switch on instantly (unlike conventional lamps), consume several times less power, and have a service life exceeding 10 years.
Rostelecom won a tender organised by the Ministry of Energy of the Moscow Region
Rostelecom won a tender for the development and support of the Automated Power Metering System of the Moscow Region. The digital provider upgraded the system and integrated it with the unified information and analytical system for utilities, as commissioned by the Ministry of Energy of the Moscow Region. The integration of platforms and databases enables automation of the process for creating energy performance certificates (energy passports) for regional budgetary institution properties.
Rostelecom will take charge of asset energy management in the Tula Region
In Deсember 2018, LLC RTC-EnergoBalans, a Rostelecom subsidiary, and the Ministry of Education of the Tula Region signed an agreement for cooperation in developing potential specifications for an asset energy management system of the Tula Region. The agreement defines the energy management system as a tool enabling the use of a centralised regional digital platform ensuring collection, processing, storage, and analysis of energy metering data, which implies the subsequent introduction of an energy consumption monitoring system. Educational institutions in the Tula Region were selected for piloting the system. The parties agreed to identify priority tasks and approaches for transformation of the information and communication infrastructure of the energy management system, including technology transformation and support of management decision-making.
Use of alternative energy sources
The use of alternative energy sources by the Company is limited and focuses mainly on power supply to feed the telecommunications equipment installed in sparsely populated areas far from power grids. These energy sources include solar panels, hybrid wind and solar power systems, wind plants, micro turbines, and wind and diesel battery units. As at the end of 2018, alternative energy sources were used in the following Rostelecom macroregional branches:
- Solar panels: South MRF — 15 facilities, Ural MRF — 18 facilities
- Wind plants: Siberia MRF — 2 facilities
- Microturbines: Far East MRF — 19 facilities
- Hybrid wind and solar power systems: North East MRF — 34 facilities, Far East MRF —17 facilities
There were no changes in the Company’s renewable fleet composition vs 2017. The aggregate capacity of our renewable energy sources amounts to 368 kW.