Towards Leadership in the Global Energy Mix: Priorities of the Gas Industry
With its reduced impact on the environment and low cost, natural gas is set to be one of the most popular energy sources in the medium and long term. The transition from coal to gas will reduce current levels of greenhouse gas emissions in the power generation sector by 80% and give a major boost to the process of decarbonization. The use of natural gas as a source of hydrogen and motor fuel can make gas the leading global energy source in the long term. Can the gas industry continue to expand the supply of pipeline gas from production sites or ports to supply remote regions with natural gas? How can LNG production efficiency be increased, and the cost of gas production and liquefaction reduced? Will manufacturers be able to supply the required amount of gas with the reduced terms of LNG supply agreements and rate cuts in regional markets? Can we expect the reduction in coal consumption from China and other major consumers to accelerate? What are the optimal approaches to the development of the transport infrastructure and tanker fleet capacity in order to meet the rapidly growing demand for LNG?
All-Russian Meeting on ‘National Projects: State Priorities and Opportunities for Growth’
The meeting will discuss the goals and objectives of the Housing and Urban Environment and Ecology national projects and the integration of energy-efficient and digital technologies in implementing national projects. Particular attention will be paid to the regional practice of utilizing an integrated approach to developing urban environments while implementing resettlement programmes for citizens living in unfit housing and communal infrastructure modernization projects.
Management of Public Projects
State Strategic Planning
The National Project “Housing and Urban Environment”
Digital Transformation Cannot Be Stopped: How Can We Ensure Critical Infrastructure Security?
In order to adapt to new technologies and to increase both efficiency and consumer convenience, the global critical infrastructure will have to switch to digital over the next few years. The cybersecurity of the energy infrastructure in this new environment will be crucial. How do we meet these new challenges and protect power plants, networks, and auxiliary power facilities from blackouts? Can a digitally sovereign state ensure cyberspace security? What is the riskbenefit ratio of energy digitalization for energy consumers? What best practices can be developed into international standards?
The Development of Global Energy and the Future of Coal
The events unfolding before us in the global energy sector are nothing short of a revolution. The rapid development of technologies and increasingly stringent environmental standards are creating new scenarios for the development of the global fuel and energy industry. Just 30 years ago, the future of the coal industry appeared safe and certain. With the depletion of hydrocarbon reserves, it was coal that was supposed to take up the mantel as the main source of energy for households, transport and industry, and as a raw material for the chemical industry. Yet today, in connection with the global climate agenda and the latest industrial revolution, the coal industry is set to be quickly wound down, first in Europe, and then in other parts of the world. How strong are the arguments against the development of the coal industry globally? Does the development of the industry run counter to the UN Sustainable Development Goals? Which industry trends are most attractive to investors? Which coal markets are showing the highest growth? Does the industry expect any new scientific breakthroughs? Where is the potential for future growth in the coal industry? What can the industry do to help to restore public confidence in coal?
The strategic alliance between Russia and the GCC countries in recent years has allowed for the creation of the OPEC+ agreement, which has determined the new paradigm of the world energy market. The anticipated production cut in July 2019 ensured predictability of the oil prices and maintained a stable flow of investment into the oil industry. How does the future of the energy alliance between Russia and the Middle East look? What is the progress between the Russian and Western energy partnerships? What are the main challenges for the Russian and global energy producers and what contribution can the Russian companies and technologies bring to the development of the global energy industry?
Key Factors in the Competitiveness of the Global Petrochemical Industry: A Paradigm Shift?
Due to increased demand, improved technologies and large-scale investments, petrochemicals are growing faster than the global economy. The prospects for future growth very much depend on the situation in the hydrocarbon markets, regional focus in terms of raw materials and production, and differences in industry incentives and regulatory mechanisms. At the same time, the global petrochemical industry is witnessing big changes in consumer preferences, demand for new materials, improvements in environmental standards and the development of a closed-loop economy based on recycling. Which internal and external challenges can change the paradigm for the development of the industry? What restrictions are preventing Russian producers from becoming more competitive in the global petrochemical markets? What are the expected recycling growth rates in Russia and the rest of the world?
Nuclear Energy as an Integral Element of the Sustainable Future Agenda
Sustainable development is based on three key components: the environment, society, and business. To achieve global sustainable development goals, these three elements must form an equilateral triangle, and we can only achieve ecological balance if we focus equally on all three sides. The global climate agenda is not feasible without nuclear energy, as nuclear generation is low-carbon and minimizes CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. Nuclear plants, as infrastructure projects on a national scale, have a significant developmental impact on both the industrial sector and local populations. What are the key benefits and values of nuclear technology? How do they affect peoples quality of life? What are the main barriers to the development of nuclear energy?
Global Trends Shaping Sustainable and Reliable Energy Systems of the Future
Energy demand is on the rise all over the world. This presents core challenges for a sustainable energy system: flexibility, security of supply, affordability, climate protection, and resource efficiency. In order to meet the sustainability challenges, measures must be taken along the entire energy conversion chain from the utilization of fossil fuels and renewable resources for power generation and transportation to improvements in consumption. What will the energy system of the future look like? How can we prepare for the coming changes in the energy landscape? What transformation should enterprises undergo in order to remain competitive in the existing and new market realities? What role do decarbonization, decentralization and digitalization have to play in shaping the new energy system?
Fifth Russian MediaTEK Competition for the Media and Press Offices of Energy Companies and Regional Governments
Federal and regional media, journalists, public relations departments of fuel and energy companies and regional administrations will take part in the competition. The main goal of the competition is to increase the level of professionalism of energy companies in terms of public relations, to raise awareness among the public about fuel and energy development projects, to support projects aimed at promoting professions in the fuel and energy industry, and to raise the value attached to power engineers as well as oil and gas workers. The competition results will be announced at the Russian Energy Week International Forum.
The awards ceremony for MediaTEK winners will continue on 3 October at 11:15 and at 13:15.
Global Challenges and Trends in Renewable Energy Development
Many countries are prioritizing the development of renewable energy as the basis for low-carbon economic growth. Today, 11 million people are employed in the renewable energy industry worldwide and more and more countries are discovering the benefits of renewable energy. National support programmes, coupled with cost reductions due to technological progress and the need to respond to the challenges of climate change have caused a sharp increase in the generation of renewable energy and growth in employment in the industry. Renewable energy facilitates the development of sought-after technologies not only in solar and wind energy generation, but also in energy storage, the hydrogen cycle, energy efficiency in buildings, smart technologies, electric transport and e-mobility, and more. These sectors ultimately enhance peoples quality of life. At the same time, having scaled up significantly, the development of renewable energy sources throughout the world is also facing serious economic challenges with regard to state budgets and consumers. The challenges include restrictions on the siting of renewable energy facilities, equipment disposal, and environmental consequences. How can the global renewable energy industry respond to these challenges in order to maintain its high rates of growth? What technological breakthroughs can be expected in renewable energy? When will people see their lives improve as a result of the advent of renewable energy? What challenges does the Russian renewable energy industry need to address and what measures have been proposed to increase the share of renewable energy in the export of technologies?
Meeting on ‘Accelerated Infrastructure Development: Strategy for the Development of the Natural Gas Motor Fuel Market’
In 20132018 a large-scale pilot project was implemented resulting in the construction of CNG filling stations in most of the countrys regions. Vehicles that run on compressed gas began to be mass-produced and used by city councils and as public transport. In order to increase the competitiveness of the transport industry and reduce its impact on the environment, a new phase in the development of the market has been initiated in 2019: the implementation of a strategy for the accelerated development of CNG and LNG filling stations. The strategy will create the proper conditions to attract the investment needed to expand natural gas vehicle fleets for domestic and international transportation. The meeting will play host to a discussion on challenges in the field of infrastructure development, including an expansion in the range of vehicles running on CNG and LNG, the development of a conversion programme and measures to encourage transition to natural gas fuel, promote gas fuel, and create the right conditions to attract investors.
S&P Global Platts session on ‘Global Energy Industry Development Outlook to 2040’
There is an extremely wide range of views on where energy markets are headed over the next decade. At one extreme, some are calling for «peak oil demand» within the next decade driven by the rapid penetration of EVs, growing gas-for-oil substitution, and environmental limits on growth in plastics. In this vision, coal will be in structural decline and even natural gas growth will be limited by renewables penetration in power generation. At the other extreme, there is concern that the sharp decline in investment in new long-lived supply projects could lead to a shortage of oil, as shale growth slows while demographic factors in developing countries support an expansion in global energy demand. The S&P Global Platts session on Global Energy Industry Development Outlook to 2040 will examine the key fundamental, policy, and technology assumptions behind such forecasts and put forward a most likely outlook for the evolution of the long-term global energy market and outline what the world needs to do to achieve a trajectory towards a global temperature rise of less than 2 degrees Celsius. The session will also examine the potential impact on production, refining and energy demand in the energy industry.
Lawmaking in the Fuel and Energy Sector: Main Trends and Cooperation Between Federal and Regional Levels of Government
Lawmaking is a multifaceted process in which the creation (amendment, cessation) of statutes and the corresponding procedures by which participants cooperate are equally important. The goal of lawmaking in the fuel and energy sector is to increase the reliability and accessibility of the energy supply for all consumers across all constituent entities of the Russian Federation. All branches and levels of government are engaged in this process: the President of the Russian Federation, the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, the Government of the Russian Federation, federal executive bodies, legislative and executive bodies of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, and courts. The constitution is the basis for the establishment and development of cooperation between the various branches and levels of government in modern Russia and for the joint work that has now been carried out for over 25 years on the adoption of laws that directly regulate or affect relations in the energy sector. How can cooperation be enhanced between key players in the lawmaking process? Which best practices can be replicated when it comes to strengthening the role of the legislative bodies of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and their involvement in the agenda of the fuel and energy sector at the federal level? Which countries can Russia learn from in terms of how the authorities and the fuel and energy business community work together in the lawmaking process?