A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions, congress, exhibitions, business, social and sporting, public, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, 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, and 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 5000 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with 160 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 75 countries worldwide.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian (t.me/Roscongress), English (t.me/RoscongressDirect), and Spanish (t.me/RoscongressEsp). Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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Creating a Circular Economy in Russia: How Will the Environmental Agenda Impact Production and Consumption?
3 June 2021
15:00—16:15
KEY CONCLUSIONS
Russians are ready for separate garbage collection

We see that a large number of our citizens – around 47% – are actively in favour of changing the situation involving the waste management system. I wouldn’t say [...] that this demand is solely for solid household waste. Most citizens, especially the younger generation, are actually concerned about the waste that we don’t seem to see, but which is present in our environment. This trend has an extremely aggressive potential to increase — Denis Butsayev, General Director, Russian Environmental Operator Public Law Company.

We have special recycling stations where we are demonstrating all this [the ability to recycle waste], and each day up to 2,000 users come and bring recyclable materials there because they see no other alternatives. But they want to recycle, they want to sort the garbage. So, there is already a large group of people who are ready for this. All we need is the infrastructure. People in Russia are ready to do good for the planet — Patrik Antoni, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Ingka Group Russia.

ISSUES
Flaws in the regulatory framework and a lack of digitalization

Decree 474 ‘On the National Goals [for Russia’s Development until 2030]’ states that, by 2030, we must sort 100% of waste, halve the amount of so-called tailings, and reduce disposal at landfills. For this purpose, we need a new industry for working with this waste and rules for putting waste from secondary material resources back into circulation. This won’t work without regulation and without binding instructions from the government. […] It won’t go anywhere without digitalization. […] There should be clear traceability from the source of garbage to its disposal, utilization, and sorting — Victoria Abramchenko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

On paper, we recycle almost like Germany. It’s very successful [and includes] almost everything, down to rubber and so on. Because one sheet of paper is enough for reporting. […]It’s impossible to verify since no statistical system and no hands will be able to sift through such a large number of acts that are being issued at the moment. The industry needs digitalization — Denis Butsayev, General Director, Russian Environmental Operator Public Law Company.

As a fairly large company, we are interested in a certain level of tightening, in particular as regards the requirements for digitalization — Sergey Kotlyarenko, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Citymatic.

In Moscow, since 2010, at the level of the capital’s government, we have introduced the right to establish environmental requirements for state orders for various types of products [...] Over the eleven years of this practice in Moscow, there have been many questions with the antimonopoly service because we don’t have any criteria. We can’t standardize these products yet. Of course, we need to do this. In addition, there are questions about the overstated requirements of the Federal Antimonopoly Service — Anton Kulbachevsky, Head, Moscow Department for Environmental Management and Protection.

SOLUTIONS
Smooth change to requirements

In the Ministry of Natural Resources, we have created a working group together with the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and the Committee on Ecology with the support of the Minister of Natural Resources. The first bill that we are discussing is the Subsoil Law. […] Amendments to the Subsoil Law stating that it’s possible to use fifth hazard class waste to liquidate mine workings. We have already clarified that this isn’t actually waste — Sergey Kotlyarenko, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Citymatic.

What we need to do is completely overhaul regulation […] The government is currently working on two key laws concerning waste management — Victoria Abramchenko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

There should be no shocks to the economy from the introduction of new requirements. If we introduce new requirements for business, in particular, as regards a ban on certain types of packaging, then it should be a phased system, in which the sales market and competitive advantages are not lost — Denis Butsayev, General Director, Russian Environmental Operator Public Law Company.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS