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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.

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Sergei Ivanov

Sergei Ivanov

Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation on Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport
Quotes
25.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Circular Economy: The Russian Model and Foreign Experience
Industrial enterprises will switch to the following technology: once they take water from an external source, they will not take it anymore. It will circulate inside, they will do the treatment and consume it right there
25.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Circular Economy: The Russian Model and Foreign Experience
All large industrial enterprises consume a lot of water. The question is what they discard
25.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Circular Economy: The Russian Model and Foreign Experience
Separate waste collection is a complex process, it can not be carried out within one or two years. Scandinavian countries took over ten years to train their population and create a processing system
25.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Circular Economy: The Russian Model and Foreign Experience
This year, 300 largest Russian enterprises (oil, gas and metallurgy) are switching to the Best Available Technologies (BAT). And by 2021, all Russian enterprises will have to make this transit
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
Logistics is the ‘New Oil’ of the Russian Economy: International Transport Corridors as the Main Driver of Growth
The main task is to modernize the Transsib, the eastern part of the Baikal–Amur Mainline, because that is where we see major problems. The route is needed, but what will be transported through it 30 years from now? My long-term forecast for coal is pessimistic because Europe has already abandoned coal, and China has announced plans to drastically reduce its thermal coal consumption
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
Logistics is the ‘New Oil’ of the Russian Economy: International Transport Corridors as the Main Driver of Growth
When talking about the Northern Sea Route, we inevitably have to consider the environment. The transport industry is generally one of those that are inextricably and inevitably linked with the environment. The contribution of cars to the overall carbon dioxide emissions is rather high. For example, in Moscow, transport accounts for 90% of all toxic emissions into the atmosphere
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
Logistics is the ‘New Oil’ of the Russian Economy: International Transport Corridors as the Main Driver of Growth
The ice is melting, and a chance for an ice-class ship to successfully pass the Northern Sea Route, even without icebreaker escort, are growing constantly. Earlier this year, a previously unthinkable thing happened, when in January a special Arctic ice-class gas carrier sailed east along the Northern Sea Route, and safely passed through its most difficult eastern section, thus proving that sailing was possible even in January
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
The Development of Specially Protected National Areas and the Role of CSR in Ensuring Sustainable Development and Preserving the Unique Nature of the Far East
Solar energy changes everything radically, there is no need to pull any power lines there, nothing
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
The Development of Specially Protected National Areas and the Role of CSR in Ensuring Sustainable Development and Preserving the Unique Nature of the Far East
[Eco-tourism] is a great untapped help for commercial activities in the country. But, of course, this activity must be properly organized and very strictly controlled. Of course, we must not build concrete boxes, accommodation, or hotels on the national park territory in any case. ... Ecological tourism, if properly organized, especially in Russia, can bring in rather large commercial income. I have been to countries where tourism, for example in East Africa or South Africa, brings up to 50-60% of the national budget
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
The Development of Specially Protected National Areas and the Role of CSR in Ensuring Sustainable Development and Preserving the Unique Nature of the Far East
There are a huge number of challenges facing the state in general. But if we are talking about ecology alone and the problems associated with the obvious threats of climate change ..., the first steps in this direction have already been taken. Clean Air and Clean Water programmes have been set up as part of the national project Ecology. Separate sub-programmes have been created for the Volga, Baikal and several other areas. One of them is Biodiversity Conservation, which includes natural reserves. Russia is one of the best in the world in this regard
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Russia–Finland
Nuclear energy is important for two reasons. We have been talking about Finnish investment and technologies, as well as transferring them to Russia. However, there is a reverse case – Hanhikivi Nuclear Power Plant. This is Russia’s largest investment in Finland. It is a huge investment. I would like this power plant to be completed as soon as possible, now that the other day the European Union acknowledged nuclear energy as clean energy. It means it falls under all other concepts, including renewable energy sources – hydrogen, wind, solar, and tidal. Nuclear energy is now among them
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Russia–Finland
Environment Social Governance. This is an important topic, which is now appearing in Russia too – I can assure you. More and more Russian companies and banks join it. I chair the Supervisory Council of the Russian Direct Investment Fund. It recently became known thanks to vaccines and their export to international markets. But actually, we mainly attract direct investment to Russia, and we already pay attention to the ESG of the companies that come to us
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Russia–Finland
For people, environmental problems in their neighbourhoods, or their country houses, or anywhere else rank very high. Over 60% believe that environmental protection is among top priorities. Russia now uses quality of life as a term, which has never existed here before. It is Finland that has always cared about quality of life, while Russia never has. Now it does. We are pretty much starting our work with solid waste from scratch, because we need to do many things at the same time. Take separate waste collection. Recycling would be absolutely impossible without it.  <...> Yet, we understand that as much as we want to keep up with Western Europe in terms of recycling, there is still the issue of non-recyclables. <...> Thus, here [come, – Ed.] waste incineration plants
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
New Challenges for the Green Economy: Could the Crisis Delay the Inevitable?
At present, a presidential decree has set up a scientific and technical platform that will be tasked with determining the exact figures for carbon dioxide emissions by individual industries and individual enterprises. The most important thing is to determine the overall Russian absorption capacity [...] The platform that I mentioned, its task is to determine exactly how much we throw away and how much we absorb, and, of course, in this regard, the opinion of science and scientists is of utmost importance
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
New Challenges for the Green Economy: Could the Crisis Delay the Inevitable?
We have a lot of problems with forest conservation, recycling, and especially with reforestation. This is because Russia has virtually no industry today for the industrial preparation of seedlings to be planted and restore the felled forest
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
New Challenges for the Green Economy: Could the Crisis Delay the Inevitable?
The government’s general approach is to make a worthy contribution so that, in the end, Russia is and remains the ecological donor of the planet
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
An Economy of Unlimited Resources
I assure you that we will pass a law on packaging very quickly. […] Many years ago there was almost no packaging, but now everything is in packages. It’s necessary, it’s convenient, but it causes clear damage to nature, especially plastic. Whoever harms nature must pay. Industry should pay more, especially packaging manufacturers
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
An Economy of Unlimited Resources
Ecology has become one of the top themes in the economy, politics, agriculture, and transport. In recent years, people in Russia have begun paying great attention to this issue. This isn’t because the authorities came up with idea, but because of demand among the public. Around ten years ago, the problem of ecology was not a major priority and did not worry people. But over the last five years, an information explosion took place and people have taken a keen interest in environmental issues. This has prompted us to take quick steps. In 2016, I said that it was time to clean up Russia. Who should clean up? We then found out that there was no one to do the cleaning up. The industry did not exist and there was a huge number of landfills. […] Who is more to blame? Industry is more to blame. Today, the population pays RUB 160 billion for the removal of solid municipal waste. […] The entire Russian industry pays an environmental fee of RUB 3 billion
23.10.2019
Russia- Africa Economic Forum 2019
Russian–African Collaboration in the Diamond Industry
Unfortunately, the industry is currently facing new challenges <...> The first is the diamond glut <...> By last year we could already see that retailers were unable to handle the volume of diamonds in the system. Of course, we are also seeing consumer preferences and consumer behaviour change, primarily in the US and China. Unfortunately, global trade wars, especially the difficulties faced by the US and China in reaching trade agreements, <...> problems tied to the financing of major diamond cutters and polishers in India, the exit of a number of financial institutions from the diamond industry, all of this has combined to create a ‘perfect storm’ of sorts
23.10.2019
Russia- Africa Economic Forum 2019
Russian–African Collaboration in the Diamond Industry
We see Africa as a strategic partner, a friend in our efforts to facilitate the sustainable development of the entire industry. We have a long history of friendly, tried-and-true business relations with the Republic of Angola <...> we have mining enterprises, geological exploration, we are discussing a number of technologies for the sorting and categorization of diamonds. I am certain that everything will be implemented in a way that will benefit our countries
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
The Digital Future of Transport Corridors Running through the Far East: International Experience and Russian Realities
There will be no development without a new legal framework based on digital technology. It is important for us not to keep up to date, because it’s a global trend, and we must follow it
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
The Digital Future of Transport Corridors Running through the Far East: International Experience and Russian Realities
The current condition of the Far Eastern transport corridors can be briefly described with one phrase – unused potential. Despite significant progress it is still not fully used. This can be said both about providing Northeast China with the outlet to the sea through our lands, and about increased volume of shipments in large Trans-Eurasian scale
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
The Environment in the Far East: Current Objectives and Long-Term Prospects
The most neglected part of all is the municipal solid waste — it is the most neglected environmental part of the huge Ecology project worth 4 trillion roubles. Why? It is clear why: because we have never addressed it. We are so much behind the civilized world, I can acknowledge that
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
The Environment in the Far East: Current Objectives and Long-Term Prospects
As for the Far East, I would like to draw your attention to forest fires. <...> Forest fires happen every year. I keep mentioning my favourite quote from Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov. Do you remember this invaluable piece: „Everybody knew about the fire in Voronya Slobodka a day before it happened“? Just like here: the eastern part of Russia is always on fire — annual forest fires either in spring or in summer
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
The Environment in the Far East: Current Objectives and Long-Term Prospects
I am pro small and medium business. But look at what small and medium businesses do on Lake Baikal? They build endless campings and recreational places. These businesses strive to earn as much as possible. Did at least one of those tiny hotels — I do not mind them in general — have waste water treatment facilities? No, because business does not care
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Russia–Finland
The real waste reform will start when we build 200 sorting and recycling plants
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Russia–Finland
Indeed, only 7% of all solid communal waste is processed in Russia today. It is a problem. We are far behind the civilized world here, we have never really addressed this issue
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Russia–Finland
It is obvious that a closed-cycle economy is the object of our mutual interest
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Russia–Finland
It is delightful to see Russian-Finnish relations grow stronger, despite the hard times we live in and continued anti-Russian rhetoric of some EU countries. Traditionally active political dialogue on the highest level is the foundation of the mutual course. <…> It is particularly valuable that you [the citizens of Finland, – Ed.] show adamant strength in promoting bilateral cooperation in big projects despite notorious political limitations
07.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Investing in Russia’s Future: How Can National Projects Become Attractive to Investors?
Foreign investors willingly invest in our infrastructure because they see the opportunities it offers and the potential for profit
10.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
Talking Barents: Prospects and Formats for Cooperation
As part of Russia’s chairmanship in BEAC, we put forward transportation as one of the priorities. This is a draft of a joint plan of the Barents Region that implies synergy of transport and tourism sectors, cooperation on intelligent transportation systems and professional training
10.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
Talking Barents: Prospects and Formats for Cooperation
If we talk about visa-free space for the whole BEAC territory, I would call this idea really ambitious. Such matters are now decided neither in Oslo, nor in Stockholm, nor in Helsinki, but in Brussels, and sometimes it is really difficult to negotiate with Brussels
10.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
Talking Barents: Prospects and Formats for Cooperation
Development of transit capacities of our country, given its geography, is one of our priorities. Today the volume of cargo going through the Northern Sea Route is three-times more than in the Soviet times, but our aim is to achieve 80 million tonnes per year. Last year for the first time, although still as an experiment, container cargos went through the Northern Sea Route from the east to the west; it is a good sign, and I hope it is going to become a regular practice
10.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
Talking Barents: Prospects and Formats for Cooperation
Barents Region is the most densely populated and economically developed Arctic region that has rich resources and a comprehensive scientific and innovation base. Cross-border cooperation in the region is unparalleled, and our key priority should always be sustainable cross-border development and creation of comfortable living conditions for people. Since its establishment in 1993, BEAC [Barents Euro-Arctic Council – Ed.] has well-deservedly become a reputable interstate institution that plays an essential role in maintaining the north of Europe as a territory of stability and neighbourliness
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Making Environmental Preservation an Economic Asset
We are determined to build four incineration plants in Moscow region and one in Tatarstan using the most hi-end technologies. <...> Protests began. <...>We should give credit to the media, at least the federal outlets. They shot a few nice stories about the same type of plants that are located in the centre of Vienna or Tokyo. These zero-emission plants even have restaurants. <...> But no, there’s no way we will let build these plants. I have a simple question. What’s your suggestion then? To keep burying garbage in the ground?
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Making Environmental Preservation an Economic Asset
There is a clear trend that social and economic development, along with the growth social welfare, correlates with improving the quality of life. The quality of life is a broader concept that includes, of course environmental issues, at least local ones. <...> We are perfectly aware that it is impossible to solve all environmental problems at once, not only in Russia, but in any other country in the world. As a rule, progress in environmental protection, takes years, and the results don’t become apparent at a glance
12.09.2018
EEF 2018
National Ecology Project: State Priorities, Business Opportunities
How many federal laws on environment have we adopted for the past 6 months? Plenty: on waste handling, on harm, on environmental fees <...> Recently, a law on forests has been adopted. It’s very easy – you plant as many trees as you have cut
12.09.2018
EEF 2018
National Ecology Project: State Priorities, Business Opportunities
“I’d go as far as saying that if it hadn’t been for the Year of Ecology in Russia, the national project wouldn’t have been started. Why? Because we believed that the major goal of the Year of Ecology <...> was to draw public attention to the fact that Russia owed a lot to itself and hadn’t dealt with this issue for decades
12.09.2018
EEF 2018
Digital Transport: The Future of Greater Eurasia
Major Russian transportation companies now have their own digitalization roadmaps <...> Rosavtodor announced the project Karavan for the use of self-driving cars <...> Aeroflot created a special committee, Russian Railways prepared a strategy for railway digitalization
12.09.2018
EEF 2018
Digital Transport: The Future of Greater Eurasia
According to the experts of the Centre for Strategic Research, <...> only as a result of the transformation of the transportation system that is possible over the course of the next five years, we can expect at least one additional GDP point
25.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Investment Breakthrough: Infrastructure and Technology of the Future
More leads to lower quality. <...> If we see any shortcomings or risks that we cannot hedge against <...> then we will stay away. We are a fairly conservative fund.
25.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Investment Breakthrough: Infrastructure and Technology of the Future
One of the RDIF’s biggest achievements over the past six years <...> is its excellent reputation, both in Russia, and <...> abroad. <...> Foreign investors are showing enthusiasm, and are satisfied with the returns.
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Russia–Finland
Environment should be attractive from the entrepreneurial viewpoint, otherwise neither the richest country nor all countries together will have enough resources to achieve significant results by means of budget funding and regulatory norms alone
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Russia–Finland
Economy and ecology are regarded as a single interconnected complex and such notions as green economy, bioeconomy, circular economy reflect our common desire to use natural resources carefully and reduce anthropogenic impact as much as possible
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Russia–Finland
Last year the scope of our bilateral trade grew by one third or 37% reaching $12.3 billion
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Russia–Finland
Dialogue between Russia and Finland has always been distinguished by pragmatism and aspiration to consider each other’s interested in search for a reasonable and mutually acceptable compromise