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The new environmental regulation, which is designed to radically reverse the situation in the country with environmental pollution, has been declared a priority in the work of the environmental block of the Government in 2022. This was told by Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko.

Among the key instruments of the new policy in the field of nature protection, ecology and climate, Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko named the law on secondary material resources and the law on extended liability of producers and importers for the disposal of goods and packaging. Important changes in the legislative framework are also, in her opinion, a ban on the transshipment of dangerous goods from ship to ship outside seaports, as well as the confiscation of logging equipment, which is used in the absence of legal grounds for felling forest plantations.

“In total, in 2021, we made over 100 changes to legislation at various levels. They radically change attitudes towards the use of natural resources, increase responsibility for the environment at all levels. We will continue to introduce new environmental regulations aimed at improving the quality of life of people and improving the environmental situation. And, of course, a separate role will be assigned to building a competent law enforcement practice. The adopted laws should work effectively, not for the sake of a “tick”, – Victoria Abramchenko noted.

The Vice Premier drew attention to the increased role of industrialists and businesses in the preservation of the environment.

“In particular, they should be responsible for the disposal of released products and packaging. Particular attention is paid to hazardous production facilities. Now the owner of the enterprise will not be able to evade the obligation to eliminate the damage caused to nature. As early as September 1, 2022, the requirements for mandatory environmental support for the decommissioning of industrial enterprises and the elimination of environmental damage come into force,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

A separate area of ​​work for environmental agencies will be the creation of regulations that will reduce pollutant emissions and improve air quality. “By 2024, the target is to reduce pollutant emissions by 20% by 2024. In this regard, companies should have a clear plan of measures to reduce emissions, and shareholders should have a financial incentive to implement them. By analogy with the Usolsky law, this could be a ban on the payment of dividends until the modernization and reduction of emissions are carried out,” the Deputy Prime Minister noted.

Victoria Abramchenko is convinced that the measures taken will not only improve the environmental situation, but will also form new principles of environmental responsibility and business conduct. “The principles that we are laying down today in terms of nature protection are aimed at improving the quality of life of our citizens today and the well-being of generations in the future,” the Deputy Prime Minister emphasized.

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