The results of the first year of realization of Tempus projects “TIWASIC” were summed up in Vienna.
ISTU staff took part in the second seminar “System of economic incentives for enterprises in the field of waste management: EU-Russia experience”. The main objective of the seminar was to study EU systems of economic incentives for enterprises as well as to discuss proposals on development and enhancement of economic management of Russian branch enterprises and “green” companies. Participants of the event have become representatives of project partner universities; they were more than 40 persons from six countries – Russia, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Greece and Poland. Project coordinator is Mr. Christoph WUENSCH from the Institute of Waste Management and Contaminated Site Treatment, Dresden University of Technology (Germany).
At the project meeting ISTU was represented by Olga ULANOVA, RU project coordinator, deputy director of the International Ecological Center “Baikal Waste Management”, Professor Elena ZELINSKAYA, supervisor of the program “Ecological safety in waste management” as well as Vlada STAROSTINA, associate professor of the Department of Mineral Processing and Engineering Ecology, and Natalia TOLMACHEVA, deputy head of educational attestation office of the engineering center.
Along with the seminar, the second coordination meeting on the project “TIWASIC” took place in Vienna. Its participants summed up the results of realization of the project"Advanced Training in Integrated Sustainable Waste Management for Siberian Companies and Authorities" and outlined main activities for the second year of project implementation.
In order to render consulting services to nature conservation companies and organizations in Russia it is necessary to enhance professional competences of Russian university teachers who are the main experts in topical issues in the field of waste management at enterprises.
It is planned that staff of four Russian universities (Irkutsk State Technical University, East Siberia State University of Technology and Management, Transbaikal State University, Far Eastern Federal University) will undergo professional training in four countries on the following topics: “Assessment of waste life-cycle” (Denmark), “Waste composition analysis and origination” (Austria), “Laboratory investigation of waste” (Germany), “Contaminated site rehabilitation” (Greece).
In the course of the second year of project realization theoretical bases for professional enhancement training courses for the following industrial sectors will be developed: mining with production of raw materials and enrichment of minerals, chemical and petrochemical industry, metallurgical industry, wood processing, as well as pulp and paper industry, and housing and communal economy with municipal waste management, as well as water supply and sanitation. A training course for each industry will deal with the following topics: system of waste management at enterprises, ecological management, application of the best available technologies of waste utilization and processing.
At the same time four Russian partner universities will host the first pilot professional enhancement training courses. The courses involve the use of multimedia. Therefore within the framework of Tempus project they plan to equip special rooms for holding video conferences at Siberian universities. The participants of the pilot course will be given the opportunity to undergo further training in Germany. The business trip will be financed by Tempus project. In perspective it should become the basis for long-term professional contacts between regional enterprises and European companies what finally will result in new ecological reforms at industrial enterprises and further development of waste processing branch in Russia.
It is to mention that intermediate results of Tempus project realization have become the main topic of the issue № 12-2014 of the Russian-European journal “Ecomonitoring” (http://journal-eco.ru/). The publication of the journal was initiated by “EuroRuss” by the support of Russian State Duma. More information about TIWASIC project could be found at www.tiwasic.de.