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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 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.

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Ruslan Edelgeriyev

Ruslan Edelgeriyev

Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation; Special Presidential Representative on Climate Issues
Quotes
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
A Healthy Climate: What Does It Look Like?
We are not making quick energy transitions because there are sustainable development goals for affordable, clean energy. We will act strictly on the topics we have previously stated…we will act in such a way that no one can grab the biggest piece of the pie, and accuse us of certain unfulfilled obligations. We will not any changes in a hasty manner... we must still understand today who our friends are and who our enemies are. And we will continue to move towards sustainable development, without plunging the economy into a state of shock, without social upheavals. Because we see such short-sighted actions of our Western colleagues. They are after all introduce their population into very uncomfortable living conditions. <…> We know what we are doing. And in no case will we allow us to be blackmailed with all sorts of carbon-correcting mechanisms, the rejection of coal, the transition to certain energy sources that are inconvenient for u
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
A Healthy Climate: What Does It Look Like?
Today's political situation has shown that those countries that called us to this or that action... provoked an increase in civil aviation emissions themselves, because they increased flight routes, they abandoned clean energy, switched to coal, which provoked greenhouse gas emissions again
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
A Healthy Climate: What Does It Look Like?
Today, I would like to declare – both for the international community and for people in our country who are hysterically inclined to understand – that the Russian Federation… is a climate-responsible state… we are not going back anywhere, we are keeping our commitments
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
A Healthy Climate: What Does It Look Like?
We started from absolute zero in terms of [legal] regulation. Today, one way or another, we have developed a regulatory framework
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
International Carbon Credit Trade: Russia’s Potential
There are international ratings that track the environmental activity of a particular corporation and the state in general. <...> We should have our own rating, our own office that will work with environmental and climate activities. We have such developments underway. <...> We need this rating so that we have an understanding of our companies; also we can include foreign companies in it. <...> We should form an idea about them. <…> The rating has a significant impact on investors’ choices
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
International Carbon Credit Trade: Russia’s Potential
We will not focus on the Western market anymore. We have other partners, for example, China. And we need to define our competitive advantages. Before it was inexpensiveness and the ability to implement climate projects at a cheaper rate, but from now on we must focus on quality. The quality of work and climate programmes is the key to a long-term competitive advantage. <...> Yet there are certain disagreements on the approach to rulemaking. I believe that higher standards at the initial stage are justified. <...> The state should define clear rules and signs that the validator should be guided by. <...> We must understand that without a high-quality climate programme we will not be able to take part in competitions. <...> If we do not get there, our projects will not be recognized. <...> The climate regulation is not limited to one project
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
International Carbon Credit Trade: Russia’s Potential
Even if we used to think that entering the carbon market would not be a challenge – and given our resource potential, we may have thought it would even be more or less easy – we realize that in the current political, economic and international situation this market is closed for us
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
International Carbon Credit Trade: Russia’s Potential
There are no throwbacks, no quitting the Paris Agreement, that would be stupid. <...> This is being done for the country, for the people. <…> And in accordance with our schedule. We have adopted a federal law [on limiting greenhouse gas emissions. — Ed.], it is an advanced strategy under the current circumstances, it meets all the challenges. <...> But our documents should be flexible rather than stiff. <...> We are currently working on a regulatory framework that will outline the issues: carbon markets, climate projects, carbon units, and everything related to this. All plans are being implemented, the regulatory framework is underway,
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
Sustainable Development for Future Generations: On the Brink of Achieving Goals
We have to understand that we are currently working for a new Russian brand in the carbon market, and to occupy a weak position from the outset would be very unfortunate and wrong. Our competitive advantage needs to come from clear standards and high-quality projects. […] The general focus right now is on import substitution. We have to understand that it is impossible to replace everything. Some countries possess serious advantages like integrated units. It will take us decades to reach this level. We need to look to our strengths so as not to lose sight of our advantages
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
Sustainable Development for Future Generations: On the Brink of Achieving Goals
It is now clear that the western world will not be ready, indeed, will no doubt seek to oppose our entry into this big international global carbon market. So you have to understand that if we prioritised our ability to produce cheap carbon units, given our potential, we are about to come up against a lot of resistance
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
Sustainable Development for Future Generations: On the Brink of Achieving Goals
As a responsible state, the Russian Federation has no intention of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement. We knew what we were doing when we joined the Paris Agreement, we had done our homework beforehand, there was a big round of negotiations with the business community and with public figures. […] Since we have a responsibility to future generations to combat climate change, we will not allow ourselves to play the games that some other states have in accepting the Paris Agreement and then withdrawing. They do damage to one’s reputation and bring risks for future development
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Low-carbon Development and Climate Policy: Opportunities for Russian Businesses on the Global Decarbonization Agenda
We still need an approach to taxation, but not to burden companies. Rather, we still need to find this balance. For example, if we introduce taxation on CO2, on carbon, then we need to reduce the tax on the extraction of minerals so that the overall tax burden does not increase on business. The whole world does this in principle
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Low-carbon Development and Climate Policy: Opportunities for Russian Businesses on the Global Decarbonization Agenda
Legislation must respond to challenges. Today we are running behind. It’s not consistent with these trends, and most importantly, if financial flows are ignored, we are hopelessly behind technologically, which is unacceptable
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Low-carbon Development and Climate Policy: Opportunities for Russian Businesses on the Global Decarbonization Agenda
We see that Russian business will suffer most of all. First, it will be export-oriented companies, then it will reach all companies because all production chains are interconnected, and this will affect everyone in one way or another. We are already seeing today that our companies, to some extent, are using the services of the EU ETS – the European Union Emissions Trading System [...] On the one hand, it’s good that we are integrating into the market, but, on the other hand, it is very bad because we see that this is how resources will be withdrawn and will financially flow to other jurisdictions. We need to create our own projects, markets, and, of course, a carbon-correcting mechanism
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Low-carbon Development and Climate Policy: Opportunities for Russian Businesses on the Global Decarbonization Agenda
We need to understand that the European Union allocates 20% of its budget to the green transition. We also need to understand that almost all financial institutions have declared a policy of carbon neutrality. If the campaigns in which they participate don’t pursue a policy of carbon neutrality, then they will leave [the game] and won’t finance any projects at all
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Adapting to Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities
Closing carbon markets has its disadvantages. <…> We see discrimination and double standards. They do not lead to a global reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. On the one hand, they call for national ambition, but at the same time they close the markets
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Adapting to Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities
Many countries have announced that they will achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, but in reality, emissions are increasing. It is not enough to show ambition, you need to act. <…> The Russian Federation is consistent in its actions; we will not call for anything that is groundless. First you need to carry out research work. It is only after this that will we call for carbon neutrality
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Who Will Pay for Today’s Environmental Challenges?
Money, financial resources should not go to other jurisdictions. They would stay in the country. […]
I think the government and business should work together. We should implement such climate projects so that would make accumulated carbon units circulate globally. Provided, as I suggest, that they should from the outset comply with the high international standards, and then they will be highly ranked globally, and then they will be in demand, then they will be within the price range that is generally in demand today
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Who Will Pay for Today’s Environmental Challenges?
As of today, in order to be economically successful, the Russian Federation needs to launch its national carbon market. Today, there is no such market. There are two ways: it should be, can be mandatory and voluntary. They [European countries] have both mandatory and voluntary markets. This is fully justified and perfectly right. Today, when we are taking the first step in carbon regulations, we need from the very outset to take into account the highest requirements, the highest standards so that our trade system, our activities, our carbon units could ultimately be well-founded and reliable
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Who Will Pay for Today’s Environmental Challenges?
The European market is closing off. It upsets us. Why does it upset us? On the one hand, Europe us calling upon us to be ambitious, but closing off the market is not conducive to a global reduction in greenhouse gas
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Who Will Pay for Today’s Environmental Challenges?
In the next 30 years, the Russian Federation should have lower emissions than the European Union, we know that already. We are working on it. […] As of today, Russia has cut the equivalent of 41 billion tons of CO2 emissions – this is the world’s highest figure if we take data by country
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Are Global Climate Challenges Restricting or Driving Development?
There was a social survey: 72.2% of respondents believed that the Government of the Russian Federation needs to pay attention to the issue of climate change. 74% believed that the Russian Federation needs to take measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A third of those surveyed believed that the measures being taken by Russia today are insufficient. Half (46%) did not know anything at all about these measures
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Are Global Climate Challenges Restricting or Driving Development?
When [Russian companies] operate abroad, they are ready to start projects and reduce their hydrocarbon footprint. When we discuss this in the government – after all, this is clearly an issue of national security – here, these companies are afraid to lose a single rouble
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Are Global Climate Challenges Restricting or Driving Development?
The official state position is as follows: at a recent meeting, the President stated that Russia will do everything in its power in order to ratify the Paris agreement in the near future
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Are Global Climate Challenges Restricting or Driving Development?
The intergovernmental Climate Change Expert Group has determined with a certainty of 95.5%, that climate change is the result of anthropogenic load
09.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
The Arctic – The ‘Weather Kitchen’
Based on Agenda 2030, we need to develop the Arctic, while this development needs to keep the ecosystem intact. We need to treat the environment with utmost care. As experts, we must make sure it never turns into a political agenda and stays on track of climate and environmental protection
15.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Economy vs. Climate: Lessons in Adaptation
Russian regions should not be simply provided with recommendations –there should be a regulation that compels each region to develop an adaptation plan, taking its own features into account
15.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Economy vs. Climate: Lessons in Adaptation
Regardless of whether climate change is anthropogenic or natural, it is taking place