Our Topics

The topics that we work on in our projects reflect the topics of the BEF group. We provide expertise and project management, work with policy assessment and develop project together with our partners. Furthermore, we develop assessment tools and performance indicators for our own and other BEF projects. We work with in following environmental fields:

Energy and climate change

Chemicals and industrial pollution

Circular Economy

Water and Water Management

Capacity Building

International Cooperation

Energy and climate change

Energy efficiency means reducing the energy used for a certain service, as for example heating or lighting. Energy efficiency brings many benefits – be it cost savings, greater energy security, local health and environmental benefits or a slow-down in climate change. The potential for energy efficiency in Russia is very high as the country has traditionally been using energy very intensively. With our energy and climate change projects CTC SPb wants to bring forward the best practice to improve energy efficiency in newly constructed buildings, old apartment buildings which undergo refurbishment, as well as in industries. CTC SPb is active in the fields of energy efficiency, climate change and low-carbon living since 2007. You can read more about our projects on this topic here.

CONTACTS

Eduard Podgaiskii
Tel./fax: +7 812 334 8835
podgaisky[at]gmail[dot]com
skype:edween66

Maria Lazareva
Tel./fax: +7 812 334 8835
lazarevactc[at]gmail[dot]com
skype:lazareva_1989

Chemicals and Industrial Pollution

Due to economic activities, many chemical substances are released to the environment. Some of these substances stay in the environment for a very long time due to not being able to degrade easily, some accumulate via the food chain (initially absorbed by simple life forms, then increasing concentration in higher life forms as many simple organisms are consumed as food), or, if toxic, they exert harmful effects to plants, animals, and humans. The effects are practically irreversible: and the ecosystems are not able to recover. Humans are exposed to these substances in many ways and adverse effects start to occur: illness, disruption of the endocrine, reproductive and immune systems, neurobehavioral disorders and an increased risk of developing cancer. Hazardous substances originate from various sources: from wastewater discharges, industrial processes, from households and small-scale services (using consumer products containing hazardous substances), from run-off from agricultural areas, and from atmospheric deposition. These substances have been identified in sediments, wastewater sludge, coastal and surface waters in the Baltic Sea region.

From 2004 the Center for Transboundary Cooperation - St. Petersburg implementing international projects and programs on chemicals management. The results of projects implemented in 2004 - 2012, have contributed to:

  • Dialogue between stakeholders from Northwest of Russia and EU member states;
  • Raising awareness among wide range of people about potential risks associated with the use of consumer goods containing hazardous substances;
  • Development of city environmental programs and hazardous substances management strategies.

 

 

CONTACTS

Eduard Podgaiskii
 podgaisky[at]gmail[dot]com
skype:edween66

 

 

Circular Economy

When we were introduced to the ideas of sustainable development long time ago, this topic had become a core of our professional interest and excitement. It seemed, that the ideas of sustainable development would be mainstreamed and disseminated widely very quickly, as they suggested a positive view of our future. However, despite of lots of declarations and international programs, despite the fact that the Russian government has accepted SD concept, our hope did not come true. Unfortunately, we can observe a few positive changes, with regard restoring environmental sustainability and increasing people’s quality of life.

It is difficult to argue the fact that the root of the problem lays in the lack of system thinking and following-the-nature structures in the current economic development. We believe that the transition to the circular economy can give humans a chance to build a high quality of life in long term prospective.

The circular economy is the only concept at the moment, which can motivate and give hope for the bright future both to the environmentalists and economists. The circular economy can demonstrate big opportunities and thus motivate for change. The key ideas for the circular economy fit into one page, they are simple and can be understood by anybody.

This concept uses arguments of the opportunities more that traditional “doom and gloom” environmentalists’ approach. When making the transition to the circular economy, each person can find own opportunities and ways for own creativity, if the innovative and system thinking is applied.

All this makes the circular economy very interesting and attractive as a topic for our research and projects. We see big potential for learning and positive thinking there.

CONTACTS

Maria Zhevlakova
oseko.spb[at]gmail[dot]com
skype:maria.zhevlakova

Maria Lazareva
Тел/факс: +7 812 334 8835
lazarevactc[at]gmail[dot]com
skype:lazareva_1989

Water and water management

There is no doubt that the provision of water is one of the main questions of sustainable development, and resolution of water problems means progress in all parts  of sustainable development, including economic development, social development and environmental protection. Thus, water management issues are the sphere of interest of a wide range of public. The history of our organization began with international projects on water. Our activities are focused mainly on cross-border cooperation in the management of water basins, belonging to different countries, like Peipsi/Pskovsko-Chudskoye lake (Estonia and Russia), as well as the river Vuoksa, Narva, Daugava/the Western Dvina , Neman, and so on. More information you can find below

Contacts:

Eduard Podgaiskii

podgaisky[at]gmail[dot]com
skype:edween66

CAPACITY BUILDING

Community Capacity building, also referred to as capacity development, is a conceptual approach to development that focuses on understanding the obstacles that inhibit people, governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations from realizing their developmental goals while enhancing the abilities that will allow them to achieve measurable and sustainable results.

Organizational capacity building is used by NGOs to guide their internal development and activities. In this section you can find information about the projects implemented CTC aimed at capacity building of Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian NGOs in the development and implementation of environmental policy, advances in public awareness and stability of institutions.

Contact:

Maria Lazareva
Тел/факс: +7 812 334 8835
lazarevactc@gmail.com
skype:lazareca_1989

International Cooperation

While international cooperation is an integral part of all CTC SPb projects, some projects set promotion of cooperation as the project goal  rather than means to achieve other project results. Thanks to great CTC experience on international arena, our organization is very well placed to organize interaction between international partners, including correspondence, event management, and international logistics.

CONTACTS

Eduard Podgaiskii
Tel./fax: +7 812 334 8835
podgaisky[at]gmail[dot]com
skype:edween66

Maria Lazareva
Tel./fax: +7 812 334 8835
lazarevactc[at]gmail[dot]com
skype:lazareva_1989