German Green Energy Symbol Showcased at Russian Energy Week
The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD) has presented its Green Sofa at REW 2017. BETD's trademark Green Sofa has made a name for itself by touring international events and hosting interviews on the subject of world energy among more than 500 leading politicians.
It has been making the rounds at the world's largest energy forums since 2015 in order to encourage an international dialogue on energy efficiency. Over two years, it has ‘participated’ in 16 energy forums in Germany, China, the United States, France, the United Arab Emirates, Finland, and South Africa. Russian Energy Week is the Green Sofa's first event in Russia.
The idea of using the Green Sofa at Russian Energy Week was first put forward by German Minister for Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel and Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Brigitte Zypries, who head BETD.
Guests interviewed on the Green Sofa during the first few days of REW 2017 have included Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Amin Z. Adnan, Russian First Deputy Energy Minister Alexey Texler, and ministers from Bolivia, Uganda, and Equatorial Guinea.
The world has passed the point of no return. Clean energy technologies have matured and a producers’ market has been established. According to International Energy Agency estimates, the cost of components for sea-based wind-power plants will drop 15% and of those for solar generators 25% by 2021. Replication of standard solutions for renewable energy helped green energy projects surpass all of the world’s coal-fired power plants in combined installed capacity two years ago. Russia has only just embarked on generating renewable energy on a mass scale but growth is inevitable – just look at the new renewable energy projects in its regions.
During the plenary session ‘The Russian Fuel and Energy Industry: National Interests and Global Trends’ held as part of Russian Energy Week 2017, Gazprom Neft CEO Alexander Dyukov offered assurances that oil production will continue to increase even if low prices tumble. “We will continue production even at prices of USD 10–20 per barrel. The reason for this is the quality of reserves, the availability of infrastructure, the rather large amount that has already been invested in the construction of
The International Mayors’ Summit on Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Growth in Cities was held as part of the first ‘Russian Energy Week’ Energy Efficiency and Energy Development International Forum.