Green Technologies for Environmentally Responsible Tourism
A retreat practical seminar within the framework of "Green School" of the Karelia Cross-Border Cooperation Program KA 5041 "Green technologies in the field of tourism to reduce the negative impact on the environment" was held for the students of the Institute of Forestry, Mining and Construction Sciences of PetrSU.
Sergey Koshelev, the manager of the project KA 5041 "Green technologies in tourism to reduce the negative impact on the environment", has presented the project results at the Urozero Educational and Recreational Center.
Sergey Koshelev spoke about the initial analysis of the situation at the Urozero center, which included an energy audit, thermal imaging, search for possible losses due to unauthorized electricity use, consultations with a number of experts in the field of energy saving and grounds for decisions regarding economy and energy efficiency. Among the solutions considered, the priority was given to the most effective comprehensive solutions with a short payback period, which included 4 segments: heating; lighting; water supply and sewerage system; energy losses reduction.
As a result, instead of old and energy-consuming electric heaters, electric boilers with new batteries have been installed in two guest houses in order to reduce electric energy consumption by about 35 percent.
At the expense of the KA 5041 project, modern LED lamps have been installed in the conference hall, which is important for reduction of hazard from mercury-containing lamps.
The problems of water supply and sewerage system have been also solved within the project. Previously, pipes with water coming from the lake through a pumping station were heated by parallel pipelines with hot water from a boiler room. In winter, it was visible with the naked eye where these pipes were laid. There was green grass among the snow-covered areas. Self-regulating heating cables are now installed, which turn themselves on when it is getting colder and turn off when heating is not required. In the sewerage system, the old aeration pumps have been replaced with new ones. In order to reduce electrical losses, an automatic temperature control system has been installed in domestic heating systems, old stove in a café has been replaced with a new, more cost-effective one, thermal insulation of particular building components has been installed. All this helps to reduce the burden on the environment, preventing the resource depletion.
The work will result not only in preserving the unique nature of the Urozero center, but also in achieving an economic effect: electricity costs will decrease by about 600,000―800,000 rubles per year. The work accomplished also increases the level of comfort for residents.
Students received a free booklet devoted to "Environmentally and economically viable solutions to reduce the negative impacts on the environment", which has been published under the project. They can use this information in educational and practical activities.
After the excursion, in the renovated conference hall, students have presented their works on modern innovative environmental solutions prepared after the retreat practical seminar in the Kivach Nature Reserve.
Vera Matushkina spoke about solar collectors for hot water supply, Alina Tkachuk reported on solar panels for power supply of the meteorological station, Mikhail Abramov informed about the efficiency of using heat pumps in Karelia, and Ivan Kozlov spoke about the sanitary cabins (dry closets).
The international Urozero Educational and Recreational Center is a pilot demonstration site of the project and will be used for training of owners of tourist accommodation facilities.