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The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 180 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 81 countries worldwide, and 186 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

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Russian Energy Week 2021

13-15 October 2021
Moscow, Russia
List of sessions
Топливная революция в транспортной отрасли: фокус на экологию
13 October 2021 09:00
The Fuel Revolution in the Transport Sector: A Focus on the Environment
The transport sector is one of the key contributors to the greenhouse gases emissions, driving the search for environmentally acceptable solutions to ensuring mobility of the society. The main «revolution» underway is in the electric transportation, yet the nascent stage of the charging infrastructure in Russia is cooling the internal demand for electric vehicles. Russia recently launched a state programme for the development of electric transport, including new measures to boost demand, support the production of vehicles and develop related infrastructure. Another support programme promotes the use of natural gas, including LNG, as a motor fuel. This programme is also focusing on the development of refuelling infrastructure and has received widespread support from oil and gas industry. The final, less developed alternative is hydrogen, where global and Russian manufacturers are collaborating to engineer hydrogen fuelled cars, and the government is considering a federal project entitled ‘The Electric Car and the Hydrogen Car’. How can an effective implementation of the government programmes be ensured and how can the profitability of infrastructure investment be achieved for all market participants? What are the key difficulties encountered by the megacities and regions, and how can they be dealt with? How can the adoption of environmentally friendly transport for both public and corporate needs be accelerated?
Водородное будущее России и мира: диалог с бизнесом
13 October 2021 09:00
A Hydrogen-Driven Future for Russia and the World: Dialogue with Business
Many traditional global energy players are now competing in a hydrogen race. According to forecasts from the Russian Energy Agency of the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, additional global demand for hydrogen may reach 40–170 million tons per year by 2050, signaling the creation of a promising new market. Over 30 countries including Russia have developed their own hydrogen strategies in order to secure their positions. In the case of Russia, the government has set its sights on realizing the country’s potential in the production, export and use of hydrogen as well as establishing Russia as a global leader in its production and exports. Potential hydrogen export volumes from Russia could reach 200,000 tonnes by 2024, 2 million to 12 million tonnes by 2035 and 15 million to 50 million tonnes by 2050. The cornerstone of the new industry is technology, which is only just beginning to be actively developed. What technologies does hydrogen energy require to be produced efficiently, and when will Russian products enter the global market? What projects are already being implemented in the country, and how could this act as a springboard to help build new export markets in a short space of time? What are the opportunities for international cooperation in hydrogen energy, especially in technology transfer, joint ventures and infrastructure projects?
Влияние европейского «зеленого» курса на российско-европейское сотрудничество в области энергетики
13 October 2021 09:00
The Impact of Europe’s Green Pivot on Russian-European Cooperation in Energy
Europe’s green shift doesn’t just mark a new direction in EU climate policy, but also a radically different economic approach that will have far-reaching consequences for its key trade and economic partners, including Russia. The EU's target of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 means a revision to the paradigm of cooperation between Russia and Europe, including in the energy sector, which was based on Russia’s significant role in ensuring the energy security of the European Union and the significant contribution of European investors to the development of the Russian fuel and energy sector. Russia ranks fourth globally in terms of carbon dioxide emissions, but has enormous potential to develop carbon-neutral energy sources as well as ecosystems with significant absorptive capacity. In view of this, the country has something to offer international partners both in terms of combined efforts to combat climate change and the development of new segments of industry. The creation of favourable conditions for investment and innovation, the search for new areas of technological cooperation and the alignment of national carbon regulation systems all appear far preferable to restrictive measures, and will bring benefits to all parties. Joint efforts can on the one hand help to reduce the carbon footprint of European companies in Russia, and on the other hand could bring Russia closer to the transition to a greener economy in line with global trends. What is the development trajectory of the energy transition in Russia and Europe to 2030? How can high levels of energy security be ensured when a departure from the hydrocarbon economy is already inevitable? What challenges and risks does the Russian energy sector face as a result of current energy policy? What financial resources are available to businesses hoping to implement decarbonization projects? What successful examples of energy companies adapting to the new market conditions can offer a positive signal for other industry players? What effect will the global energy transformation have on the labour market? What is the role of universities in training specialists for the new professions that will be required in order to implement the energy transition?
Российский ТЭК в условиях энергетического перехода
13 October 2021 09:00
The Russian Fuel and Energy Sector in a Time of Transition
The international climate agenda is compelling many countries to reform their carbon-based energy systems. For Russia, which holds a leading position in global hydrocarbon markets, the transition to development to low greenhouse gas emissions presents a serious challenge, but it also opens up new opportunities for economic growth based on renewable energy, hydrogen technologies, advanced processing of raw materials and the implementation of green projects. In the new reality, a number of major companies in the Russian fuel and energy sector have already begun to implement projects aimed at transitioning, viewing them not only as a contribution to global sustainable development, but also as way to improve their image and increase levels of trust amongst partners. At the same time, reducing the carbon component of the fuel and energy sector requires large-scale investment. How will the energy transition affect the development of the Russian fuel and energy sector? Have industry players shown a willingness to invest in the future utilizing the green financing market mechanisms? Can the government help create incentives to expand ESG business practices?
Малая атомная энергетика, энергообеспечение для регионов и промышленности
13 October 2021 11:00
Small Modular Reactors, Energy Supply for Regions and Industry Sector
The world is moving from a traditional energy system to a modern ecosystem, when it is necessary to be flexible, follow the principles of responsible consumption and protect the environment. And the fundamental question is how the energy supply and the base load in the network, incl. in remote and hard-to-reach areas will be achieved. The solution is a balanced energy mix including various types of generation and technological breakthroughs. What role can be assigned to low carbon energy sources, including nuclear power, in addressing the issue of providing stable electricity for various consumers? What prospects do small modular reactors have and what should be done to make them available for sustainable energy supply to regions and industry?
Энергетический переход в жилищно-коммунальной сфере и господдержка программ обновления коммунальной инфраструктуры
13 October 2021 11:00
The Energy Transition in the Housing Utilities Sector and Government Support of Utilities Infrastructure Modernization Programmes
In an age of a global energy transition, the utility sector is faced with the tasks of saving energy and increasing energy efficiency throughout the country. The depreciation of the majority of utilities infrastructure facilities — water supply, heat supply, and water treatment networks and systems — currently exceeds 60%. The housing utilities sector is third worst offender across all sectors with regard to environmental pollution due to excessive power and heat consumption. A large-scale, systematic to modernize the housing utilities industry is required: one based in modern, energy-efficiency, and safe technologies. This session will discuss strategic modernization targets and the development of power utilities, lessons learned from the use of alternative and renewable energy sources in the housing and utilities complex, prospects for reducing environmental impact and developing carbon-free power in the utilities sector, and conditions for the provision of government support.
Климатическая нейтральность к 2050: новые возможности для международного сотрудничества
13 October 2021 11:00
Net Zero by 2050: New Opportunities for International Cooperation
The climate agenda is set to have a major impact on the German and Russian economies in medium and long term. On the one hand, the EU Green Deal and the prospect of accelerated decarbonisation pose a threat to supply of Russian products with a large carbon footprint to the EU. Meanwhile, the introduction of the new carbon regulations have mixed effect on the German economy as well, as it hugely dependent on the supply of raw materials from third countries. On the other hand, developments in the global climate policy could serve as a powerful impetus for the modernization of various sectors of the Russian economy and create new opportunities for Russian–European cooperation. This session will explore the economic and non-economic effects of the Russian and German carbon policies, as well as the main directions of Russian–German cooperation to address the climate change.
Добыча нефти в России: «звезда» или «дойная корова»?
13 October 2021 11:00
Oil Production in Russia: A Star or Cash Cow?
Russia’s oil industry is not only a key revenue generator for the federal budget, it also drives social and economic activity in the regions. The taxation system needs to be overhauled to allow for production to remain in places where people live, while ensuring that new areas of activity and new regions are developed. Is it possible to create a long-term taxation system for greenfield and brownfield sites that can withstand at least a decade of changes to macroeconomic and price factors as well as short-term budgetary requirements?
Энергетическое машиностроение: статус создания производства газовых турбин на территории Российской Федерации
13 October 2021 16:30
Power Engineering: Status of Gas Turbine Production in Russia
The manufacturing of Russian-made high-power gas turbines and the establishment of Russian-based engineering is one of the key milestones of the Russian power engineering industry. This achievement is another step towards ensuring the country’s energy sovereignty and will also improve the performance of thermal power plants once high-power gas turbines are introduced into the combined cycle of heat and electric power generation. However, it should be borne in mind that the development and production of high-power turbines is a complex technical challenge that involves not only the turbine itself, but also related areas. Since 2018, with the support of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, a programme has been being implemented to revive the production of medium and large capacity Russian power gas turbines. What is the current status of this major turbine manufacturing project? How is cooperation with institutions and enterprises in the industry being organized? How will the production of high-tech components for the hot section of gas turbines be ensured? What solutions have been applied in key components of gas turbines?
Новые вызовы химической отрасли – климатическая повестка
13 October 2021 16:30
Emerging Challenges for the Chemical Industry: The Climate Agenda
The chemical industry is a driver of industrial growth and one of the fastest growing global economic sectors, with a growth rate of 1.2 times that of GDP. Polymer production has increased by 50% globally over the last decade. The use of chemical products makes it possible to respond quickly and effectively to global challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, thereby contributing to the industry’s continued sustainable growth. In recent years, Russian chemical companies have opened up a large number of new production facilities focused primarily on meeting the needs of the domestic market and the import substitution programme for basic chemical products. The projects currently being implemented (Amur Gas Processing Plant, Nizhnekamskneftekhim, Baltic Chemical Complex and Irkutsk Oil Company among others) will make a significant contribution to growth in Russia’s non-resource non-energy exports. The realization of the sector’s potential is being achieved thanks to the government’s effective system of long-term incentives. One of the key challenges facing the global and Russian chemical industries, however, is the climate agenda. Thanks to their unique functional characteristics, chemical products play an important role in efforts to protect the environment by reducing resource consumption and carbon emissions compared with products made from traditional materials. On the other hand, tightening environmental state regulations are forcing chemical companies to increasingly redirect their projects towards sustainable development objectives. What strategies are chemical companies pursuing in order to maintain sustainable growth amidst the growing climate agenda? What new technologies are they focusing on? What state support measures can help to secure the successful implementation of projects in the sector and strengthen the Russian chemical industry’s competitiveness on the global market?
ОПК – ТЭК: сотрудничество предприятий в целях импортозамещения и технологического развития
13 October 2021 16:30
Defense Industry and the Fuel and Energy Sector Inter-Enterprise Collaboration for Import Substitution and Technological Development
Ensuring the national technological sovereignty of Russia’s fuel and energy sector is one of the key prerequisites for the country's energy security and economic growth today. In order to support the continued transition of the Russian energy sector to the use of domestic high-tech products, cooperation between industry players and enterprises within the defense industry must be strengthened. Boosting mutually beneficial interaction between the industries will allow the fuel and energy sector to reduce its need for products that are critical for sustainable development, while supporting the defense industry’s efforts to diversify production in the face of reduced state defense procurement orders and build up competencies in civilian sectors. Successful examples of cooperation in this area already exist. Defense industry companies are currently fulfilling existing agreements, sharing sought-after solutions for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons, including hard-to-recover oil reserves. At the same time, there is still huge potential for the development of partnerships involving cross-sector cooperation, as well as new approaches to eliminating financial, human and technological risk. What examples of successful cooperation between the fuel and energy sector and the defense industry can be identified and considered for expansion? What are the future prospects for cooperation, and is there a business model that makes it possible to use the defense industry's competencies in the best possible interests of the fuel and energy sector? What government support measures are needed in order to accelerate diversification?
Россия-2060: перспективы зеленой энергетики
13 October 2021 16:30
Russia-2060: Perspectives of Green Energy
Today, the fuel and energy sector is facing an ambitious decarbonization task, involving large-scale challenges. Among other things, there is a need for national regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, an increase in renewable energy generation, large-scale electrification and digitalization of transport, the introduction of technology for capturing, storing and processing carbon dioxide. And this is only part of what will need to be done for the energy transition. Is it possible to make certain branches of the fuel and energy complex "green" and what should be done in this regard? What are the barriers and would it be possible to overcome them by 2060? Can the energy transition in Russia towards green energy become the basis for economic growth?
Как достигнуть углеродной нейтральности в Арктике
14 October 2021 08:00
How to Achieve Carbon Neutrality in the Arctic
The pandemic has accelerated the development of green energy throughout the world. In 2020–2021, many large economies embarked on a path of decarbonisation as part of their post-pandemic recovery and, in doing so, took measures to limit global warming to 1.5°C. As a result, 20 countries (including the EU and China) have set ambitious targets in the last year to achieve carbon neutrality by the middle of the century. 2020 also saw the initial steps towards cross-border carbon regulation, which the EU plans to introduce in 2023 as part of its implementation of the EU Green Deal. According to EY, the cumulative effect on the Russian economy could reach EUR 15 billion by 2030. The latest evolutionary developments in Russia’s energy sector, which include alternative fuels and renewable energy sources and pay particular attention to its natural geography, have a tremendous potential, yet the pace of transformation lags behind the rest of the world. According to international experts, achieving carbon neutrality is a necessary condition for long-term global economic development, and the Arctic region has an important role to play in this. The Arctic is a strategic region for the development of large-scale renewable energy projects and the creation of development clusters across a whole range of industries. The unique natural resources, access to strategic sales markets and the development of the Northern Sea Route represent an unrivalled springboard for the large-scale rollout of ecosystem development programmes based on renewable energy projects and the realization of the region’s export potential, while reducing the anthropogenic impact. How can the overall anthropogenic impact and the Arctic’s carbon footprint be reduced? Can the industrial development of the Arctic be reconciled with the reduction of the carbon footprint? How can environmentally friendly economic development be made attractive to local communities and business? How can individuals be encouraged to take greater personal responsibility for reducing their carbon footprint?
Будущее инфраструктуры централизованного теплоснабжения России
14 October 2021 10:00
The Future of Russia’s Centralized District Heating Infrastructure
Two thirds of the Russian population enjoy centralized district heating, which has a significant impact on an individual quality of life and the economics of municipal services. State policy is transitioning towards a new way of regulating relationships between customers, suppliers and heat distributors. The new responsible investing agenda (ESG) and climate legislation are driving the establishment of a reliable and environmentally responsible utility infrastructure (electricity, heating, gas and water supply), and the modernization of existing housing stock. A successful alignment with the ESG agenda in the first instance requires refurbishment of the infrastructure that has exceeded its design service life, but also transition to a new technology paradigm that effectively combines centralized district heating and local energy supply solutions in major cities, and an ensures certain level of infrastructure for towns and villages. Is the pace of transformation fast enough? Is the size and pace of investment sufficient? How can the energy efficient renovation of housing stock and public amenities be implemented?
Цифровая трансформация ТЭК: как извлечь выгоду?
14 October 2021 10:00
Deriving Benefits from the Digital Transformation of the Fuel and Energy Sector
Digital transformation is one of the key tools for increasing the efficiency of fuel and energy companies, boosting competitive efficiencies and supporting the climate agenda. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that the expansion of digital processing, the automation of routine operations and tend-to-end integration of management systems is not just a trend; it is a pressing need that companies must meet. Today, global and Russian business continue to invest in digital solutions, and the state support system for digital transformation is receiving new development incentives thanks to the regulation of big data in industry, the creation of an industrial data ecosystem in Russia, the synchronization of industry and government data markets, and many other initiatives. How might new government initiatives help business to benefit from digital transformation? How has the pandemic affected the digital maturity of fuel and energy companies, and what projects are currently being implemented in the sector? Who are the key players on industry data markets? How should industry data be regulated?