Energy Week is an international event which provides a platform to discuss the
main economic challenges in energy, as well as current issues concerning the
development of the fuel and energy sector. This year’s edition of the Forum
took place in Moscow on 13–15 October 2021. It was organized by the Roscongress
Foundation, the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, and the Moscow
City Government. The event brought together 2,500 participants from more than
80 countries, while the business programme included 32 events featuring 204
was the fourth edition of Russian Energy Week, and interest in the Forum’s
agenda has only continued to grow with each passing year. The event invariably
attracts the attention of key players in the fuel and energy sector. And as a
key player in the global energy market, Russia possesses enormous potential for
economic growth, given the technological breakthroughs being made in the
industry; the synergy that exists between the industrial, scientific, and
business communities; and the emergence of new energy sources,” said Adviser to
the President of the Russian Federation and Executive Secretary of the REW
Organizing Committee Anton Kobyakov.
Forum hosted a series of business events, with the main one being the plenary
session entitled “Global Energy: Transformation for Development”, which was
held with the participation of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.
key figures to speak at the plenary session included Chief Executive Officer of
BP Bernard Looney, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and
Mercedes-Benz AG Ola Källenius, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Exxon
Mobil Corporation Darren Woods and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of
TotalEnergies Patrick Pouyanne. The session was moderated by CNBC anchor Hadley
Gamble, and a video address was given by João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço,
President of Angola (which assumed the OPEC presidency in 2021).
discussion focused on the most important and pressing issues facing the
development of Russia’s fuel and energy sector. These included recovery in the
wake of the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the role played by OPEC+
agreements in stabilizing the market, key aspects related to relations with
importers of Russian commodities, and the importance of energy conservation and
implementing climate agreements.
“The impact of the pandemic, and the shock
sustained by regional energy markets have once again served to demonstrate how
important a stable and robust fuel and energy sector is for today’s world, and
how important it is to supply consumers with affordable energy while minimizing
the impact on the environment.
“In order to ensure the planet’s energy
security and environmental safety, measured and responsible action needs to be
taken by all participants in the market, from producers to consumers. This
action needs to focus on the long term, and be in the interests of sustainable
development in our countries, so as to ensure prosperity for our peoples,” said Vladimir Putin at the plenary
firm position was articulated at a session entitled “The Future of Traditional
Energy: Is the World Ready to Eschew Hydrocarbons?”: Russia has a clear and
unambiguous energy strategy, and will continue to develop both traditional, and
clean forms of energy. Among those taking part in the discussion were Deputy
Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak, Minister of Foreign
Affairs and Trade of Hungary Peter Szijjarto, Minister of Energy of the Kingdom
of Saudi Arabia Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud, Secretary General of the
Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Mohammad Sanusi
Barkindo, Prime Minister of Vietnam Pham Minh Chinh, Minister of Energy of the
Republic of Azerbaijan Parviz Shahbazov, and General Director of Zarubezhneft
“A more rational and reasonable approach to energy security is needed.
Nobody has cancelled the sustainable development goals. People are not only
expecting improvements in terms of the climate and environment, they also
expect their homes to be heated, and to have light. In order to achieve this,
politicians need to work with professionals. The goals should not be empty
hype, but calculated and balanced. We are following just such a balanced
approach to policy in the Russian Federation,” said Alexander Novak.
topics to be similarly prominent at the Forum included the climate agenda, the
introduction of green certificates, the implementation of ESG principles, and
the development of new energy sources (such as hydrogen) and related
range of sessions were dedicated to the digital transformation of the fuel and
energy sector, and the potential of renewable energy sources. Leading experts
discussed new government initiatives aimed at helping businesses benefit from
the digital transformation, the impact of the pandemic on the readiness of
companies in the fuel and energy sector to go digital, growing interest in
green energy among investors, the increase in generation using renewable energy
sources, and the potential size of the renewable energy sector in Russia and
around the world in 2050, along with numerous other topics.
in previous years, Russian Energy Week also hosted the international Global
Energy Prize award ceremony, which this time covered winners for 2020 and 2021.
Among those to pick up awards were figures from Russia, the US, Italy, and
Greece. Speaking at the ceremony, Alexander Novak commented on the impact
scientific discoveries in energy have had on the subsequent development of
global civilization as a whole. “In this context, the Global Energy Prize is
a genuinely landmark event, given that it not only sets out the future of the
fuel and energy sector, but of all of humanity,” he said.
than 25 agreements and memoranda were signed at the event between Russian and
international companies and government organizations. These included a
cooperation agreement between the International Institute of Energy Policy and
Diplomacy of MGIMO University (MIEP MGIMO) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
of the Russian Federation and the Russian Energy Agency (REA) of the Ministry
of Energy of Russia; an agreement between Sollers Group and RusHydro regarding
the creation of a partnership to launch an electric car sharing project in
Vladivostok; and a memorandum of cooperation between the Russian Energy Agency
of the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation and the German Energy
Agency (DENA) regarding sustainable energy, renewable energy sources, hydrogen,
and energy efficiency.
Energy Week closed on 15 October with Youth Day. More than 600 students from 22
higher education institutions from across Russia attended the event, along with
young specialists, university teachers, experts, senior executives from
companies operating in the sector, and university rectors.
central event of Youth Day was entitled “An Equitable Dialogue”, which featured
the Knowledge Russian Society as co-organizer. Participants had the chance
to meet and put forward their questions to Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian
Federation Alexander Novak, Director General of Rosatom State Atomic Energy
Corporation Alexey Likhachev, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of
Gazprom Neft Alexander Dyukov, and other leading experts.
Day hosted more than 35 events in total, including #ENERGYLAB interactive
sessions on youth projects dedicated to the development of the fuel and energy
sector, the CASE-IN International Engineering Championship, the final of the
Russian National Competition of Graduation Theses in Electric Power and
Electrical Engineering, the award ceremony for the Energy Breakthrough
hackathon, and a roundtable featuring university rectors from across the
Forum was attended by official representatives from a range of countries,
including Prime Minister of South Ossetia Gennady Bekoyev, Deputy Prime
Minister of the Republic of Armenia Suren Papikyan, and Deputy Prime Minister
and Minister of Mining and Energy of the Republic of Serbia Zorana Mihajlović.
event also welcomed ministers from 14 countries, including Azerbaijan, Belarus,
Brazil, Djibouti, Hungary, India, Iraq, Montenegro, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia,
Serbia, Sudan, Syria, and the UAE.
addition, there were heads of diplomatic corps from 30 countries, including
Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Djibouti, Ghana, Guinea,
Hungary, Iceland, India, Kenya, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Montenegro, Namibia,
Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sierra-Leone, South Africa, Sudan,
Syria, Thailand, Turkey, the UAE, and Zambia.
the leaders of international organizations and associations to attend the Forum
were Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries
Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer of the
World Energy Council Angela Wilkinson, Chairman of the Executive Committee of
the CIS Electric Power Council Igor Kuzko, State Secretary of the Standing
Committee of the Union State Dmitry Mezentsev, Chief Executive Officer of the
World Coal Association Michelle Manook, Executive Secretary of the United
Nations Economic Commission for Europe Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary of
the Collective Security Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly Sergey
Pospelov, and Secretary General of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum Yury
attendees included Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation Anton
Kobyakov, Aide to the President of the Russian Federation Maxim Oreshkin,
Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Nikolai Shulginov, and 14 Russian
regional leaders: Mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin, Governor of the
Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area Dmitry Artyukhov, Governor of the Nenets
Autonomous Area Yuri Bezdudny, Governor of Moscow Region Andrei Vorobyov,
Governor of Irkutsk Region Igor Kobzev, Head of the Republic of Tatarstan
Rustam Minnikhanov, Governor of Ulyanovsk Region Alexei Russkikh, Governor of
Chelyabinsk Region Alexei Teksler, Governor of Altai Territory Viktor Tomenko,
Head of the Republic of Kalmykia Batu Khasikov, Governor of Kemerovo Region
Sergei Tsivilev, Governor of Murmansk Region Andrei Chibis, Acting Head of the
Administration of Tambov Region Maxim Egorov, and Head of the Republic of North
Ossetia-Alania Sergei Menyailo.
Forum was also attended by around 800 Russian and international business
representatives from more than 40 countries and territories.
the prominent international business representatives to attend were Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer of TotalEnergies SE Patrick Jean Pouyanne, Chairman
of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Robert Dudley, President and CEO of
Fortum Corporation Markus Rauramo, Chairman of the Board of Directors of KAZ
Minerals Limited Oleg Novachuk, Chief Executive Officer of BP Plc Bernard
Looney, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Exxon Mobil Corporation Darren
Woods, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG
Ola Källenius, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sonatrach SpA Toufik
Hakkar, and Director General of Basra Oil Company Khalid Hamza Abbas.
large number of prominent members of the Russian business community were also
in attendance, including President of LUKOIL Vagit Alekperov, Chief Executive
Officer of Nord Stream 2 AG Matthias Warnig, Chairman of the Management Board
and CEO of Gazprom Neft Alexander Dyukov, Chairman of the Management Board of
SIBUR Holding Dmitry Konov, General Director of Zarubezhneft Sergey Kudryashov,
Director General of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation Alexey Likhachev,
Chairman of the Management Board of NOVATEK Leonid Mikhelson, Chairman of the
Board of Directors of TMK Dmitry Pumpyansky, General Director and Chairman of
the Management Board of Rosseti Andrey Ryumin, and General Director of the
Russian-European Financial Company Jean-Pierre Thomas.
exhibition at Russian Energy Week featured a range of stands by Gazprom, the
Moscow City Government, NOVATEK, Rosatom, Rosseti, Siemens Energy, the
Assistance Fund for the Reform of the Housing and Utilities Sector, Schneider
Electric, KASKAD Group, VostokEnergoService, Fortum, and RUSNANO.
Energy Week was supported by the Moscow City Government.
event’s general gas partner was Gazprom, with Rosatom as general atom partner,
and NOVATEK as general partner.
was the strategic partner of Russian Energy Week.
partners included Gazprom Neft, Sberbank, SIBUR, Metalloinvest, and Transneft.
included Inter RAO, Irkutsk Oil Company, RusHydro, Tatneft, and the Assistance
Fund for the Reform of the Housing and Utilities Sector.
partners included Lukoil, Zarubezhneft, SUEK, and RussNeft.
programme partners included Eurosibenergo (En+), Kuzbassrazrezugol, Russian
Railways, Siemens Energy, SO UPS, T Plus Group, Promsyrioimport, Power
Machines, Fortum, the Russian Energy Agency, and RUSENERGOSBYT.
partners included Quadra – Power Generation, the Fund for Infrastructure and
Educational Programs (Rusnano Group), SDS-Ugol, St. Petersburg International
Mercantile Exchange (SPIMEX), Hevel Group, Unipro, the Global Energy
Association, FGC UES, Mechel, Promsvyazbank, and TMK.
Russian Direct Investment Fund was investment partner.
Day partners included Point Junior, the Knowledge Russian Society, and the
Nadezhnaya Smena Foundation.