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.

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 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 188 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

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

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Denis Butsayev

Denis Butsayev

General Director, Russian Environmental Operator Public Law Company
Quotes
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
The Circular Economy and the Environment
The regions need to start moving towards bringing together the necessary structure. The form can vary, but it has to allow for money to be raised that can be repaid, for an investor and a commitment on the part of the region to the additional financial burden that will entail the implementation of the investment project. Unfortunately, we have to be prepared for this and do what we can to reduce the burden. [...] There’s a lot of interest from investors in the industry, but when an investor comes to the region, it all comes down to the regional administration
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
The Circular Economy and the Environment
We still haven’t got any legally binding documents – for regional operators or professional market participants. We’ve still got problems with setting the investment component of the tariff. Work getting the territory ready to start building infrastructure is taking a long time. Most of the constituent entities lack actual land plots, and if they do have them, they are nominal plots, which take a long time to prepare for the investment cycle. All this prolongs the possibilities for investment projects
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
The Circular Economy and the Environment
Import substitution related to the production of equipment and machinery for the industry is progressing well. [...] Things aren’t going quite as well with recycling – import substitution is up to 60% there. […] We will work to raise localization levels significantly by the end of the year and make those technologies that are not produced domestically available for alternative supplies from several sources and balance the risks with the non-cooperation we’ve run up against recently
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
The Circular Economy and the Environment
An institution has been established for regional operators and now stretches across the entire country. Every constituent entity is undergoing reform. As for regional operators: there are 181 of them, they are sustainable, and there are only maybe five regional operators in the ‘red zone’ with problems. Work is developing with processing and sorting. [...] Recycling is developing at a much slower pace. [...] At the moment, we have an opportunity to leverage RUB 100 billion from the market, to lend it out at a subsidised key rate with a price tag of around 4–5% per annum. Given recent economic developments, such affordable financial resources are unprecedented. This kind of money has never been offered to the industry in such quantities before
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
State, Business, Creative Industries – The Ecology of Global Public Culture
We must use these tools (youth education – ed.) to involve as much of the student community as possible in the creation of environmentally responsible behaviour
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
State, Business, Creative Industries – The Ecology of Global Public Culture
If we change each person’s consumption pattern, then we will, in the very least, be able to stop the increase in waste generation and maybe even decrease it. And all modern initiatives related to environmental development, including those in foreign countries, are associated precisely with behavioural model initiatives, aimed at no less than containment and possibly even reduction of volume. This is impossible without education
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
State, Business, Creative Industries – The Ecology of Global Public Culture
When we talk anywhere about what needs to be done with the environment and with waste, as the main activity of our public law company, where there is infrastructure, policy management, we always talk about how it is essential to create a model of environmentally responsible behaviour in society. And in general, no one has anything to say against it, but neither does anyone understand what we’re talking about
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
State, Business, Creative Industries – The Ecology of Global Public Culture
Ten years ago, one person was responsible for 220–280 kilograms of waste per year. Now that number is 450. No doubt, it will multiply again over the next five years. This is society’s present pattern of consumption, it is built on completely different principles, and I would say that the environment is not a priority
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
State, Business, Creative Industries – The Ecology of Global Public Culture
The situation changed drastically when the younger generation, so to speak, from kindergarten, brought up with different views of the consumer model and environmentally responsible behaviour, grew up and become dominant in terms of activity within the country’s population. [...] The younger generation is forcing adults to be more responsible in terms of waste generation
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
State, Business, Creative Industries – The Ecology of Global Public Culture
We are witnessing a growth in the number of people across our country and worldwide who are concerned about the ecological future of our planet and are extremely dissatisfied with the state of ecology in their places of residence and countries in general, and sometimes even on the continents. […] This topic is being raised across the board, starting in the villages (as can be seen from social surveys) and ending in UN sessions. 88% of our fellow countrymen consider the environment to be a priority for the state
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
Russia–Republic of Korea Business Dialogue
South Korea has traversed a fairly long path in relation to the creation of a waste management system in the early 1990s. Since that time, the system has come to closely reflect our own targets in terms of waste disposal. At the start of this journey, virtually 80% of waste in South Korea went to landfill sites. Today, more than 60% is recycled. In Russia, the President has set the objective of processing – i.e., sorting – 100% of waste, and utilizing 50% of it by 2030. Naturally, we would be delighted to employ technological solutions in this area which have been implemented in South Korea
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Russia–Europe Business Dialogue
There is no uniformity [in Europe] either, but they are still at a higher level of development and mostly focus on certain principles of financing […] In Russia, […] there is no single standard at the moment […] At present, the taxonomy differs quite drastically from the standards that are accepted in Europe. In recent months, though, these criteria have begun converging rather seriously […] In waste, we plan to recognize a particular project as green based on the standards [and whether] it fully complies with the methodologies adopted in the European Union on the basis of best practices [...] The harmonization of these standards will open markets not only for Russian companies in terms of financing green bonds within the country, but will also allow make it possible to attract [...] funds from abroad
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Cleaning up the Planet: The Circular Economy
The process of abandoning what is recycled or is impossible to extract […] should be a very delicate one […] It [a ban on the use of certain types of packaging] shouldn’t be viewed as ‘we took it and turned everything off starting from tomorrow’. It should be viewed as a target that we should reach within a few years, allowing industry and manufacturers to move to more sustainable types of packaging. And they should be encouraged not by a ban, but by the rate of the environmental fee
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Cleaning up the Planet: The Circular Economy
The federal project [...] is not about the circular economy. It’s about the system for handling municipal solid waste […] What is a circular economy and how does it differ from the construction of municipal solid waste infrastructure facilities? It creates a market for recyclables [...] If there’s nowhere to go with it, then it doesn’t work,
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Cleaning up the Planet: The Circular Economy
When we talk about collected plastic or metal, […] it’s extremely expensive to extract. Holding onto it means disposing of it again. It means recycling it. There should be tools that would make it possible to build recycling facilities in a fairly compact way. We are actively working on sites for eco-technology parks now with the Ministry of Industry and Trade […] as part of the circular economy […] There are many gaps in regulation
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Cleaning up the Planet: The Circular Economy
Nothing will work without control [...] We collect 197 billion [tonnes] from citizens, and 3.7 [billion tonnes] from industry, which must pay the environmental fee. I’d like to remind you that the entire waste management industry is divided into two parts: everything related to recycling [...] from citizens, and everything related to disposal should come from the waste disposal facility. If there’s no money in disposal, then there’s no disposal
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Cleaning up the Planet: The Circular Economy
We need a market for recyclable materials […] We sort 20% and recycle 5% [...] So the essence of the new Circular Economy federal project is precisely to create this market [...] We need to say how much our industry will be ready now and potentially in the future to accept recyclable materials in order to produce new types of products
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Russia–Finland
Experience in providing economic incentives to boost the demand for recyclables is extremely important. Motivation evidently includes both carrot and stick. However, Finland focused on carrot and helped the system keep recyclables cheaper than primary raw materials. It took two aspects. First of all, prices for primary raw materials have been controlled at processing plants. Secondly, the environmental fee system really helped. These fees were used to compensate for the recycling costs the companies bear. This is what we will have to do now
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Russia–Finland
Nowadays, Finland processes a little over 95%. The rest is non-recyclables that get buried. At the same time, Finland boasts one of the highest recycling rates – over 50%
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Creating a Circular Economy in Russia: How Will the Environmental Agenda Impact Production and Consumption?
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
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Creating a Circular Economy in Russia: How Will the Environmental Agenda Impact Production and Consumption?
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
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Creating a Circular Economy in Russia: How Will the Environmental Agenda Impact Production and Consumption?
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
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Russia–Finland
We would like to build the so-called technological chain together with our Finnish colleagues in the nearest future. <…> In order for that to happen, we already need to have waste sorting, loading, utilization, and burial in a unified technological cycle, possibly with just one partner
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Russia–Finland
The experience in deep processing of secondary waste that the Finnish have is particularly of interest. This waste becomes the materials for new goods, often times of equal or even superior quality
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Defeating Trash: Russian Reform and International Practices
The next thing is building a mindset, among the population as well, so-called culture of waste management
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Defeating Trash: Russian Reform and International Practices
Development of this industry can become a trigger, for example, for intensification of related industries; it can help transfer the business model of solid municipal waste from ‘grey’ and ‘black’ zones to the ‘white’ zone, nurturing the national economy as a whole
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Defeating Trash: Russian Reform and International Practices
At the moment we are facing a challenging task set by the President and the Government of the Russian Federation: to implement a reform that is often seen as development of a new industry. The transformation is basically the creation of a comprehensive infrastructure, including a brand-new system of waste collection, sorting, processing, disposal and burial, using new technological parameters and regimes. <…> We need to recycle 60% [of waste, – Ed.] and dispose of around 36%. Our current figures are much lower