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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Stephan Solzhenitsyn

Stephan Solzhenitsyn

Chief Executive Officer, SGK; Member of the Board of Directors, SUEK
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06.09.2022
EEF 2022
Ecology: How to Save the Planet in a World Without Trust?
We’re talking about the Clean Air programme. What started with 12 cities has now been rolled out to cover 41 cities. Twenty-seven of these cities have a direct connection to coal or the use of coal for energy. One could say that this accounts for more than half of all aspects related to Clean Air. And as we see it, there is no option of just saying ‘Hey, let’s stop using it.’ That’s because there are at least 140,000 miners working in the coal sector here alone. Coal accounts for 40% of rail transport, and that’s another 200,000 people. And when you factor in the coal-based energy sector, that’s another 100,000 people. These 400,000 people largely live in the East of our country, i.e., the Far East and the whole of Siberia. And these 27 cities use a quarter of the coal supplied to the domestic market. The links don’t stop there. Coal is Russia’s fifth biggest export, but a quarter is tightly linked to domestic supplies
07.09.2022
EEF 2022
Climate Agenda: New Opportunities in the New Reality
We are wary of such simple solutions as imposing with a tax or any mechanism that should encourage to profitable projects. It doesn't work like that. If climate projects are supported, Russia's potential can be huge: equal to 500–900 million tons of CO2
07.09.2022
EEF 2022
Climate Agenda: New Opportunities in the New Reality
Today, achieving climate goals is very important for Russia, because it is important for all our trading partners such as Asia, the Middle East, Africa, South America. It is also important, because the whole world, all the countries have their own approaches that are very different
07.09.2022
EEF 2022
Climate Agenda: New Opportunities in the New Reality
The topic has surely remained relevant. It has not lost its relevance in any way. Of course, the carbon neutrality goals set for 2060 have not gone anywhere either and, in fact, are also absolutely achievable
06.09.2022
EEF 2022
Efficient Energy: Balancing the Economy and the Environment
We must not view these hydropower plants purely as power‑generation facilities. These are facilities which require a comprehensive approach. The good thing is that the Ministry of Energy has already largely evaluated these sites. What has yet to be done is work out how to assess benefits in budgetary and societal terms. That’s because if energy consumers are saddled with all the costs, they won’t be able to come out in favour of facilities which are several times more expensive. I very much support efforts to identify approaches to support these complex and environmentally friendly facilities which are not restricted to tariffs and payments made by consumers
13.10.2022
Russian Energy Week 2022
The Russian Electric Power Industry: Identifying Opportunities
The ESG agenda has become central for us this year. The future of coal is all about meeting environmental requirements. <...> On the one hand, we know that coal has no competition, in heat supply in the first place. <...> But it needs to be cleaned up, which we are actively pursuing with programmes already approved
13.10.2022
Russian Energy Week 2022
Ash and Slag Wastes at Thermal Power Plants: How Can Energy Become the Solution?
In terms of volume, construction materials and road construction are the two most important [potential consumers, – Ed.]. There is potential application in agriculture, but we are still a long way from that
13.10.2022
Russian Energy Week 2022
Ash and Slag Wastes at Thermal Power Plants: How Can Energy Become the Solution?
We are limited by the radius: it is possible to take ash and slag waste 10 km away, it is very difficult to take it 30 km away. More than a third of our ash is produced in the Urals and has access to large construction sites in the western part of our country by railway. <...> But that’s where the standpoint of the railway comes in. <...> The direct monopolist always says that he assumes a certain volume. Otherwise, why would he give a discount on it? There will definitely be no volume here, unless pricing is done in such a way that millions of tonnes a year go to St. Petersburg, Moscow or the south of European Russia
13.10.2022
Russian Energy Week 2022
Ash and Slag Wastes at Thermal Power Plants: How Can Energy Become the Solution?
One of the main difficulties <...> is that there is not enough of an imperative that sectors of the economy such as road construction take on this subject in a meaningful way, not at the level of principle, but at the level of needs, of specific types of roads
13.10.2022
Russian Energy Week 2022
Ash and Slag Wastes at Thermal Power Plants: How Can Energy Become the Solution?
Of the 9 million tonnes of ash and slag waste we produce per year, 6% – maybe 7% this year – we manage to sell with high added value. Another 20–21% of ash and slag waste is exported for mining and construction [activities, – Ed.]. Overall, we recycle about 25% of the ash and slag waste we generate
06.09.2022
EEF 2022
Electric Power Industry in the Far East: Expansion of the Competitive Pricing Zone and Integration with the UES of Russia
There are a few things you simply cannot get away from. The first is geography. <...> Irkutsk – the closest to the Far East city with half a million inhabitants that belongs to the second pricing category in Siberia – is 3.4 thousand km away from Khabarovsk. <...> In this sense, the pricing zone is still destined to be third, even if we call it second, because competition demands that they should be hundreds of kilometres from each other, not thousands
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
Is Russia Prepared for a Global ESG Transformation?
What is ESG? It seems to be ecology, social responsibility, management. It is generally a socially responsible approach to business. What happens next, and what are the risks of this approach? What happens is as follows. We are taking a European view of this issue. Unsurprisingly, Europeans do not care about the state of the environment, much less about jobs in our country. But we do care. We understand that Europe, for all the 1970s, 1980s, and even more so in the 1990s, was dealing with other problems. It was solving just environmental problems: clean air, clean water, competent handling of household waste. And having solved these problems, it turned to climate change. But we have not solved these issues but decided to switch to climate change. And this is a huge risk because the following can happen: we forgot about 95% of our current Russian agenda, got carried away with the climate, and forgot to solve 95% of our plan. Ask the people what is more important to them: clean air or having a very beautiful solar or wind power plant standing somewhere?
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Bringing the Far East Closer: Approaches to Reducing Transport Costs
Tariffs are a thing that we can easily be scared of. But let’s in fact understand the following: if you carry more, then the current tariff will look economical. Costs are still there. They are divided by volume. When we export 85% of today’s capabilities, I would like to first export 100, then look at the savings. Instead of saying first: well, we definitely can’t export 100% of what we already have to, so let’s raise the tariff
25.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
The City of the Future
The city of the future is being discussed as a part of the Trianon dialogue — this is the proof that there is a real dialogue at the civil society level. Dialogue between two, on the one hand, different, but on the other hand, closely connected by history, close historical ties, countries — Russia and France