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Global Markets, Forecasts, and Strategy, International Cooperation and Raising Awareness

Global Energy 2035: Overcoming Barriers and Consolidating Opportunities

The world today has entered the fourth industrial revolution: all aspects of life are changing, and energy is no exception. World energy markets are currently undergoing a profound transformation that is significantly changing the volume and structure of demand and leading to increased competition across the globe. Technological advances are only serving to increase the pace of change. Today’s key trends include the evolution of the energy mix in favour of cleaner sources; the increasingly prominent role played by the climate agenda (and consequently, the development of renewable energy sources); the all-pervading digitalization of life and the economy, and the development of technologies; and the globalization of the fuel and energy sector, and with it, the increasing accessibility of resources. And above all is the question of the petrol station versus the power outlet. What future awaits traditional energy? How can global energy security be ensured in a such a volatile economic and political climate?

New opportunities and hidden threats associated with the fourth industrial revolution. How can new trends in the global energy market be predicted?
The implementation of new energy resource extraction and production technologies to maintain competitiveness. The current status in Russia.
Gas as a solution to the issue of climate change and an alternative to renewable energy sources in the near future.
The sustainable energy of the future’s fuel mix: Russia and the world. Current threats to the oil demand.
Tackling energy poverty and increasing energy access across the globe.

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The Global Gas Market in 2030

According to forecasts made by major market analysts, gas will remain the only fossil fuel in the foreseeable future to successfully compete with renewable energy sources in terms of growth in consumption, and to increase its share in the energy mix. Technological progress and the globalization of the LNG market has made gas accessible throughout the world and led to an increase in the number of consumers. However, the increasing role played by gas in the global economy is resulting in the politicization of gas markets, leading to problems for investors and consumers alike. Will the global gas market be able to develop mechanisms to protect itself from political pressure? Is the gas market susceptible to a new wave of regionalization? Can LNG compete with pipeline gas on equal terms? Will the gas market be able to disassociate itself from the oil market? What technologies will help gas compete successfully with renewable energy sources and nuclear energy?

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Identifying a Strategy to Succeed on the Global Petrochemical Market

The petrochemical industry is growing apace – at twice the rate of global GDP. At the same time, this growth has a strongly pronounced regional differentiation in terms of raw materials and output. Countries without an extensive resource base, such as those in the EU as well as Japan and South Korea are seeing growth in light-duty production with a considerable innovative component based on naphtha. In the Middle East, USA and several other countries, the sector’s growth comes from major projects based on natural gas processing. In China, coal and coalbed methane are widely used in the petrochemical industry. Countries are applying various mechanisms to regulate and encourage growth of the industry, and are increasing their competitiveness in various product niches. Why is it that the strategies of countries with fewer resources bring greater economic results? What measures to foster growth of the industry will result in the greatest economic benefit from cheap commodities? What restrictions are hindering Russian producers from increasing their competitiveness in global petrochemical markets? What can the government do to help develop petrochemical clusters? What are the prospects of new projects in the East of Russia? What infrastructure do Russian petrochemical companies lack?

Darya Borisova — Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Mikhail Karisalov — Chairman of the Management Board, Chief Executive Officer, SIBUR
Pavel Sorokin — Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation

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The Electric Power Industry: Challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

For companies – and indeed countries – to be competitive in the fourth industrial revolution, they will require expertise and best practices in digitalization, automation, and the industrial internet of things. Companies at the forefront, both in Russia and other technologically developed countries, are developing and implementing smart grids, smart energy distribution, new energy-storage technology, consumer services, and the energy internet. As well as changing market demands, companies also have to examine fast-growing technologies and drivers of disruption. Can the economic benefit from implementing new technologies already be felt? What technological and social problems do companies face in the process of digitalizing the electric power industry? Where will investment come from in order for plans to come to fruition? What government support do companies rely on?

Realizing Energy-Saving Potential to Ensure the Success of the Housing and Urban Environment National Project: Nationwide Meeting

The Assistance Fund for Housing and Municipal Service Reform is a Russian state corporation. It assists in resettling people residing in unfit housing, modernizing the utilities infrastructure, and implementing energy-efficient technologies in the housing and utilities sector. Through meeting these objectives, transparency and efficiency in the housing and utilities sector will be ensured, residents will have access to high-quality services, a modern living environment will be created, towns and settlements will develop, and the Housing and Urban Environment national project will be implemented.
This nationwide meeting will focus on key issues related to the development of housing and utilities, and to the creation of a modern and pleasant urban environment in the context of the objectives set forth in Russian Presidential Decree No. 204, “On the Russian Federation’s national targets and strategic objectives for the period to 2024”.
What are the aims and objectives of the national project? What needs to be done to implement the national project to bring about a steady reduction in unfit housing? How can accumulated experience be best employed, such as when implementing targeted programmes to relocate people residing in unfit housing in the Russian regions?

Sergei Stepashin — Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Housing and Utilities Reform Fund
Konstantin Tsytsyn — General Director, Housing and Utilities Reform Fund

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Will the Coal Industry Remain a Driver of Economic Growth in Developing Countries?

Growth in the consumption of coal across the globe is slowing as a result of tougher environmental requirements in developed countries. Nevertheless, the low cost of coal makes it an irreplaceable fuel for developing countries, where around 1.5 billion people still don’t have uninterrupted access to modern forms of energy. Can coal drive economic growth and improve living standards in these countries? What energy markets are the most promising in terms of demand for coal? Is it worth waiting for breakthrough technologies in coal transportation, processing and consumption, which will increase its competitiveness with natural gas and renewable energy sources? Can coal chemistry, metallurgy, construction and other industries compensate for falling power generation demand in developed countries?

Anatoly Yanovsky — Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation

Alexander Grigoryev — Deputy General Director, The Institute of Natural Monopolies Research (IPEM)
Zinfer Ismagilov — Director, Institute of Coal Chemistry and Material Science SB RAS
Alexander Kovalchuk — General Director, Coal Marketing Research Institute Ltd.; Advisor to the General Director, Russian Coal
Vladimir Rashevsky — Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Management Board, SUEK
Mikhail Fedyaev — President, Siberian Business Union

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Unlocking Russia’s Potential in the Global Renewables Industry

The global energy industry is undergoing a period of irreversible transformation. The concept of energy transition frequently appears in countries’ political agendas. It is geared towards the large scale use of green energy sources and renewables, the decentralization of markets, the introduction of smart infrastructure, and the transition from consumer to prosumer behaviour models. As a leader in global energy markets, Russia is acting with these global trends in mind. Each year sees the number of renewable energy facilities increase. Russian technologies are developing, and production of equipment for renewable energy sources is increasing. Domestic companies are exporting their products. Taken as a whole, this heralds a new chapter in Russian renewables. What are the priorities for the continued development of the Russian renewables sector? As a knowledge-intensive, high-tech and export-oriented sector, could renewables help accelerate economic development? What is the potential for international cooperation in the production and trade of renewable components? What are the most promising renewable markets for Russian technologies? What is the likelihood of breakthrough technologies appearing which will dramatically accelerate the development of renewable markets? What changes should be made to government support for Russian renewables?

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Atomic Energy - the Foundation of Global Partnership and Modern Development

An important stage in the development of the energy industry in the past decade has been a gradual move towards zero-carbon energy sources. The Paris climate summit designated the path the world needs to take in order to shift the global energy balance towards electrical generation that is free of CO2 emissions. Naturally, this path opens up ample opportunities for the development of nuclear energy. Today, the atom contributes just over a tenth of the world’s energy production, about 400 GW. To implement the decisions of the Paris climate summit and address global environmental problems, a significant increase in these indicators is needed by 2050. Today, there is a need to move to a new level of cooperation in the international nuclear community, which may be called a global partnership. Such partnerships, including during the construction of nuclear power stations as a key element of modern nuclear energy, become especially important when addressing the systemic tasks of nuclear energy: ensuring energy security, supply stability, and the sustainability of generation. How did the results of the Paris summit affect the nuclear industry? What needs to be done to advance the development of nuclear energy? Which key trends in the global energy industry are prerequisites for a global partnership in the nuclear industry? What benefits will all the participants in global cooperation in the nuclear industry receive?

Agneta Rising — Director General, World Nuclear Association

Isabelle Kocher — Chief Executive Officer, Engie
Alexey Likhachev — Chief Executive Officer, State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM
Pekka Lundmark — President, Chief Executive Officer, Fortum Corporation
Temenouzhka Petkova — Minister of Energy of the Republic of Bulgaria
Peter Szijjarto — Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary
Christoph Frei — Secretary General, Chief Executive Officer, World Energy Council

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Geopolitical Scenarios and the Fuel and Energy Complex: the New Reality

Geopolitics is beginning to play an increasingly important (and, unfortunately, not always constructive) role in the fuel and energy sector. This cannot but affect how predictable and controllable processes in the global energy markets are, further increasing the uncertainty of the future of energy, changing the conditions of basic scenarios and the expected trajectories of energy development, and, from time to time, highlighting geopolitical risks (conflicts, trade restrictions, transport and transit risks, etc.) of energy security requirements. Under such conditions, is it possible to demand sustainability in world energy development, or is that becoming a ‘chimera’? Do traditional sample scenario studies with point risks estimates help find the real pathways for this development, or is it necessary to transform the role of energy scenarios, and increase their importance for the development of responsible practical recommendations in the fuel and energy sector? Is it not time to discuss the creation of an early strategic warning system aimed at the timely detection and joint rebuffal of any threats to sustainable energy development, wherever they come from? How may an open, multilateral dialogue between leading international experts in the field of global energy forecasting and analysis help to address these issues?

Vladimir Feigin — President, Institute for Energy and Finance

Sergey Vakulenko — Head of Strategy and Innovations Department, Gazprom Neft
Thomas Graham — Managing Director, Kissinger Associates
Maksim Nechaev — Director for Consulting, IHS Markit Russia
Dmitriy Sokolov — Head of the Department of Energy Economics and Forecasting, Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF)
Nobuo Tanaka — Chairman, Sasakawa Peace Foundation; Executive Director (2007–2011), International Energy Agency
Aleksandr Shirov — Deputy Director, Head of the Analysis, Production Potential Forecasting and Cross industry Cooperation Lab, Institute of Economic Forecasting of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Fourth Russian MediaTEK Competition for the Media and Press Offices of Energy Companies and Regional Governments

Entrants include national and regional media outlets, journalists, and the PR departments of energy companies and regional governments. The competition aims to improve communication between energy companies and the outside world, inform the public of development projects in energy, encourage projects aimed at popularizing the image of energy-industry professions, and raise the profile of workers in the energy, oil, and gas sectors. The results of the competition will be announced at the Russian Energy Week Energy Efficiency and Energy Development International Forum.

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Developing Infrastructure for Economic Growth and Improved Living Standards

In line with a presidential decree, the Government of the Russian Federation is drawing up a comprehensive plan in partnership with regional administrations to modernize and expand critical transport infrastructure. Experts have claimed that annual investments of around RUB 2 trillion are needed for infrastructure. At the same time, innovative and digital technologies are to be implemented, greatly improving business and public services. Fulfilling such ambitious objectives requires a coordination of efforts between infrastructure industries, the regions, equipment manufacturers, and the financial sector. How will fulfilling priority infrastructure development objectives affect regional policy? Which tasks will be undertaken by companies? What sources of funding for priority projects have been identified? Do Russian companies possess sufficient expertise to fulfil infrastructure development objectives, and what overseas experience and technology could prove beneficial? Which countries’ experience was drawn upon when preparing the Government’s comprehensive plan?

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The Effectiveness of Energy Regulation: General Approaches and Divergence between Countries

The energy sectors of various countries need to respond to shared challenges arising from the climate agenda and the current technological revolution. Nations need to identify ways to limit greenhouse gas emissions, establish their position on the development of nuclear power, and solve issues caused by a deficit in infrastructure at a time marked by digitalization and a new wave of electrification. Naturally, when tackling these challenges, regulators consider aspects specific to each country: the structure of the economy, the availability of resources, environmental and social requirements, and others. At the same time, they need to strike a balance between the interests of consumers and producers with regards tariffs, and solve issues related to long-term energy security and environmental safety. Which of the regulators’ solutions have proved to be the most effective from the point of view of investment attractiveness, energy security, and public spending? What other parameters can be used to assess the effectiveness of government policy in the energy sector? Which new factors (the spread of electric cars, trade wars, technological equality etc.) may influence a change in government policy? Could government policy be used to prepare for a potential sea change in global energy?

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Tax Reform in the Petroleum Refining Industry

A tax reform is under way involving the gradual abolition of customs duties for oil and petroleum products, an increase in tax on extracting mineral resources, and the introduction of excise duty for oil. In order to kick-start the modernization of petroleum refining, an excise return programme will be introduced for companies signing a modernization agreement, or an agreement to manufacture Euro 5 car petrol and petroleum feedstock.

The effect of the reform on consumers.
Protection mechanisms against price increases for petroleum products.
Maintaining the stimulus to continue modernizing petroleum refining in Russia.
Benefits of the reform for the Russian market.
Long-term stimuli for the development of petroleum refining.

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The Development of Pricing on the International Oil Market: New Benchmarks, Currencies and Settlement Technologies

The current pricing mechanism based on existing benchmarks has recently come in for criticism as a method of ascertaining a fair market price for oil. This is due to a significant fall in output at fields which largely account for the best-known price benchmark. However, new benchmarks are coming to the fore, based on more stable oil flows from the point of view of production volumes and quality characteristics. More accurate pricing will also facilitate the creation of benchmarks through direct quoting. There is an ever-increasing trend for pricing to instead be based on exchange contracts, in order to best reflect market value. Aspects related to settlements in national currencies and applying blockchain technologies are of no less importance. Will the leading benchmarks change over the next 3–5 years? Will the CIF and FOB markets lose ground? When will oil companies show more interest in direct quoting of Russian oil? What role will quoting in yuan play with regards Chinese petroleum storage reservoirs? How will the global crude oil market change as digital platforms and blockchain technologies develop?

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Prospects for Partnership between Russia and the EU in Energy and Energy Efficiency

Cooperation between Russia and the European Union in energy and energy efficiency is crucial to sustainable global economic development. Russia is already a reliable supplier of environmentally friendly energy supplies to European consumers, and is assisting the EU’s transition to an economy with a minimal climate footprint. In 2018, Russia and the EU set ambitious targets to improve energy efficiency by 2030. Through working together, these two major markets will bolster global energy security, technological modernization, and improve living conditions through the use of smart city systems. What should be done to get the most out of cooperation between Russia and the European Union in energy and energy efficiency? What role can business play in expanding cooperation? How will the ensuing transition to a digital economy help improve energy conservation in Russia and the EU? What European innovations could be particularly in demand in Russia, and what is the potential of scientific and technical cooperation in energy and energy efficiency? Do steps need to be taken to synchronize Russian and EU legislation in technological and environmental regulation in order to maximize the synergistic effect of energy efficiency policy?

Frank Schauff — Chief Executive Officer, Association of European Businesses

Eric Benedetti — General Director, Signify Russia and CIS
Johan Vanderplaetse — President, Russia and CIS, Schneider Electric
Haefeli Viktor — Chief Executive Officer, Owner, Smart Resources GmbH
Anton Inyutsyn — Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation
Torgeir Kydland — President, Equinor Russia AS
Arnaud Le Foll — Total Country Chair Russia; General Director, Total Exploration & Production Russie
Ernesto Ferlenghi — Executive Vice President for Market Development for Russia and Central Asia, Eni S.p.A.
Patrick Fragman — Head, Grid Integration business, ABB
Bashir Chalabi — Head of Environment and Energy Efficiency Practice, TIAR Center

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Meeting of Chief Engineers of Heat-Suppliers

Work is well under way on new operating rules for heat supply facilities and heat consumers, as outlined in the Russian Federal Law “On Heat Supply”. In the 15 years since the old rules were approved, the heat supply industry in Russia has changed dramatically. The new document will take these changes into account, which concern the improvement of heat supply management; the establishment of an institution to unite heat suppliers; and an increased role and independence for heads of operating companies and owners of heat supply facilities and heat consumers. What are chief engineers expecting from the planned changes to the regulation of the sector? What can be done before the new rules come into effect? How can equipment operation be effectively organized in line with the new rules, in addition to work with the energy supervision body responsible for checking for compliance?

Ilgizar Gayfullin — Deputy General Director - Technical Director, Tatenergo JSC
Andrey Lovtsov — Deputy Chief Engineering Officer, Irkutsk Energy Service Company LLC
Anton Sviridov — Chief Engineering Officer, St. Petersburg Heating Grid JSC
Alexey Sivyakov — Deputy General Director, Yaroslavskiye Energosistemy JSC
Arkady Kharaim — Deputy Head of Advanced Development and Thermal Power Business Department, Gazprom Energoholding LLC

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Meeting of Chief Engineers of Electric Grids

Today’s need to digitalize the grid is predicated on the transition of production and transport to a single type of energy (electricity); the proliferation of distributed generation across the globe; the creation of microgrids; and the development of electricity and renewable storage devices which a consumer can install themselves, thereby becoming an electricity producer. Digitalization does not only mean clear benefits to the consumer, but also extra costs borne by grid companies, and the need to change professional training programmes. How will self-operated and self-diagnosable digital electric grids affect reliability, expenses for the chief engineer, and quality of services for the population over the medium term? What needs to be done to ensure the greatest possible effect from digital grids from the very first years of their implementation? Will the rewards of digitalization be greatest in large cities or remote settlements? What competencies will an energy professional require to create, operate and repair digital grids? Should they be IT specialists with knowledge of energy, or energy specialists with knowledge of IT? Is a “digital electrician” required if digital grids can work without a person’s input?

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Presentation of the Energy Efficiency Rating of Grid Companies

In collaboration with the expert community, the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation will submit for discussion the results of the annual energy efficiency rating of grid companies, based on results for 2016–2017. The rating evaluates efforts made by companies to reduce losses in the grid, implement modern technologies, and optimize the development of infrastructure. It does not only aim to measure a company’s success, but also to identify and publicize best practices. Among those attending the discussion of the results will be representatives of regional and municipal ministries of energy, housing and utilities, energy companies, and experts.

Valery Presnyakov — Editor-in-Chief, Power and Industry of Russia Newspaper

Yury Andreenko — General Director, Far-Eastern Grids Company JSC
Andrey Bragin
Dmitry Volkov
Ilshat Galimzianov — Deputy General Director, Technical Director, Grid Company
Vyacheslav Kuliev — Deputy General Director for Development and Implementation of Services, Interregional Distribution Grid Company Volga
Petr Kuruch
Andrey Mayorov — General Director, United Energy Company
Dmitriy Mikheev — Deputy Director of Electric Power Industry Development Department, Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation

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Presentation of the Heat Supply System Efficiency Rating of the Russian Regions

In 2018, the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation continued their collaboration with the regions and expert community to draw up a heat supply system efficiency rating for Russian settlements. Ratings of municipalities take place at the regional level, while ratings of regions take place at the national level. The rating evaluates efforts made by government bodies of all levels to create an environment conducive to a reliable, incident-free heat supply, a reduction in fuel consumption, a reduction in heat losses, the application of modern technologies in thermal networks and for use by the consumer, the updating of heat supply plans, and the implementation of the incorporated action plan. It does not only aim to measure a company’s success, but also to identify and publicize best practices. Among those attending the event will be representatives of regional ministries of energy, housing and utilities; energy companies, and the expert community. Discussions will focus on the results of the rating, and experience will also be shared on applying best practices in heat supply system management and in implementing modern technologies in the industry.

Tatyana Gurova — Editor-in-Chief, Expert magazine

Yury Andrianov — First Deputy Governor of Tula Region – Chairman of Tula Region Government
Alexander Egorkin — Acting General Director, Teploset Stavropol
Lidia Smolina — First Deputy Governor of Vladimir Region for Infrastructure, Housing, Utilities and Energy Development

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Renewable Energy Sources in Russia: From the Wholesale Market to Supplying Energy to Isolated Regions

A foundation to develop distributed generation based on renewables has already been built in Russia. The ongoing renewable development programme has enabled new solar and wind generation facilities to be commissioned at a faster rate, and for a components industry to be built. Each year, installed capacity of renewable energy sources on the Russian wholesale market approximately doubles, and will continue to grow at a consistent rate. A Russian presidential decree entitled “On the Russian Federation’s national targets and strategic objectives for the period to 2024” also outlines new approaches to supplying renewable energy to isolated regions in the Arctic, Siberia, and the Far East. What’s more, in certain conditions, renewables could prove an effective option for small settlements in Central Russia, which are currently supplied through grid extensions. What solutions are required at the regional level to support new renewable projects, and what additional ways are there to attract investors? What risks should be considered when developing renewable energy sources in isolated regions and small settlements? Are renewable projects attractive to industrial companies and/or small and medium-sized enterprises? Are there any barriers hindering the development of renewable energy sources which must first be removed? Which other countries offer experience in the development of renewable energy sources which could be applicable to Russia?

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Modernizing Thermal Generating Capacity in the Electric Power Industry

Despite the comprehensive nature of a prior programme to construct energy-generating facilities under capacity-delivery contracts, the ageing of the Russian power grid’s thermal generation complex remains a critical issue. A plan to deploy electric power facilities over a period up to 2035 calls for decisions on investments to be made with regards the high capacity of current thermal generation (thermal power plants and regional power stations), and questions to be answered regarding their modernization, or decommissioning and replacement. The most crucial challenge is implementing a fully-fledged market mechanism for such modernization within the shortest possible timeframe. What would be the ideal date for the first modernization projects to be launched? How can a balance best be struck between providing support to Russian power engineering and ensuring reliable operation of the energy system when determining localization requirements for reinstalled equipment at thermal power plants? What is the optimal guaranteed rate of return for investors? Is it advisable to maintain the authority of the Government Commission for the Development of Electric Power with regards the selection of projects according to a separate quota? What are the selection criteria, and how can a balance be found between the interests of the regions and consumers? What is the best way of redistributing quotas for modernizing equipment which were not allocated during competitive selection on the wholesale market?

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EnergyNet: The Reboot

The EnergyNet NTI roadmap was approved in September 2016 by the Presidential Economic Modernization and Innovative Development Council Presidium. It aims to develop Russian smart energy technologies and help Russian companies lead the way on global future energy markets over the next 15–20 years. The roadmap has already resulted in a number of pilot projects being implemented, improvements made to the regulatory framework and technical regulations, and a range of measures being taken to develop workforce potential. At the same time, new technology is developing across the globe at an ever-increasing rate. It will define the technological profile for equipment markets, software, engineering, and energy industry services. While this will magnify challenges for the Russian energy industry, it will also create additional opportunities to implement the roadmap and achieve overall innovate development. What results have already been achieved in the implementation of the roadmap? Which pathways to increasing the effectiveness of implementing the roadmap have matured in light of accumulated experience? What can be done to make energy companies and development institutions more engaged in the implementation of the roadmap? What additional stimuli and government support measures are required to increase the pace at which promising high-tech projects are implemented? How should measures outlined in the roadmap be transformed in this regard?

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Russia–Africa Energy Roundtable

Today infrastructure, energy and housing construction are the most promising sectors for investment in Africa. In the past, development of the energy sector was not a priority for most African countries. That was because despite the fact that the majority of the population did not have sufficient access to electricity, there was enough energy to serve the mining and extraction industries developed by colonial powers. This issue remained a low-priority one for several years; however, today the energy agenda is beginning to play a key role on the continent. Even though Africa’s energy sector is vital for development, it remains one of the least understood parts of the global energy system, and very few international energy research centres possess reliable information about a region, or indeed operate there. Solar energy is finally taking root in hot countries, which are beginning to fully exploit their most accessible form of green energy. South Africa is already among the top ten leading producers of solar energy, while Rwanda is home to the first solar power station, which opened in 2014. There are also plans to construct large power stations in Ghana and Uganda. Russia and African countries have the opportunity to examine a new area of mutually beneficial cooperation, based specifically on long-term strategies. Russia is an experienced player on the global energy market, offering huge potential in terms of developing, constructing, and commissioning energy facilities such as dams, nuclear power plants, grid operating companies etc., as well as in exporting and transporting energy. Russia offers a number of competitive advantages as a partner, including experience in implementing large-scale energy programmes across vast territories, and constructing grids (something the African continent is in particular need of).

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Groundbreaking Technology and Human Capital in the Fuel and Energy Complex: Key Challenges

The development of the country's fuel and energy complex cannot be achieved without accelerated growth and efficient use of human capital. Seeing human resources and human capital as assets that can play a key role in increasing competitiveness should become standard features of the corporate culture of companies in the fuel and energy complex. The challenge is to ensure that the best global and Russian corporate practices in terms of staff training and development are widely disseminated, and that Russian higher educational institutions join the ranks of the world’s best universities in the field. Which human resources management models are the most encouraging, and could become an additional driver for economic development, as well as influencing national security? Will knowledge, technology, and expertise become a competitive advantage in the modern world? Taking into account the globalization of educational services, is high-quality education, and its accessibility, a resource for the country’s development and for ensuring social justice? What innovative tools contribute to the comprehensive improvement of the educational system and the upgrading of specialists’ skills, in view of the challenges of the modern age? What kind of conditions may contribute to motivating young people to innovate, and to reveal their creative and scientific potential?

All-Russia Meeting on the Promotion of Energy Efficiency and Transparency in the Fuel and Energy Complex

Russia’s fuel and energy complex plays a particular role in the social and economic development of our country, providing over 30% of GDP, even amid the current high volatility on world markets. Reliable energy supply to tens of millions of consumers, and the importance of energy for the federal budget, determine the public’s level of attention to the situation in the industry. In order to address large-scale investment and production goals, and their legislative support, it has been vital to boost transparency in the fuel and energy complex. In 2013–2017, with the support of the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, companies and regions launched a combined effort to promote energy efficiency, professions in the fuel and energy complex, and social and environmental activities. The meeting will be attended by representatives of energy companies, regional energy ministries, the housing and utility sector, and the media. Following the results of the meeting, it is planned that priority topics for coverage in 2018 will be identified, and that a plan of federal measures to promote energy efficiency and transparency in the fuel and energy complex will be approved.

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The Contribution of Natural Gas to the Process of ‘Energy Transition’

Significant changes have taken place in the world’s gas markets in recent years. The structure of suppliers and consumers has changed significantly, not least due to the development of the LNG sector, which has enabled a diversification of the energy landscape and led to the creation of niche and emerging markets. This trend points to the growing diversification inherent in the structure of the energy balance. Such transformations in the energy sector are caused by technological and political factors that underline the continuing need to meet the growing demand for energy while complying with commitments to protect the environment. What major market and non-market forces contribute to structural changes in the global energy system? Which countries and regions are expected to play the most significant role in shaping the energy policy landscape? How will the energy markets adapt to increased competition from alternative energy sources? What role will gas exporters play in the process of ‘energy transition’?

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Environmental Policy and Climate Change Policy: Challenges and Opportunities for the Gas Industry

The ever-increasing obligations of countries to intensify efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions represent significant opportunities and challenges for the gas industry, especially if the energy policies of various countries which are being put into force in order to fulfil the obligations stipulated in the Paris Agreement are being steered towards non-fossil fuels. The high level of uncertainty resulting from the effect of policies following the conclusion of the Paris Agreement, as well as the potential results of this action, contribute to the development of scenarios assessing the possible role of various energy sources. The role assigned to natural gas in these kinds of forecasts is the subject of heated debate. Understanding trends in the development of energy policy, and their simultaneous impact on energy markets, especially natural gas markets, is extremely important when predicting the reaction of the gas industry concerning this matter. What are the key factors influencing policy development that are in agreement with the climate action programme? What are the opportunities and challenges arising from these policies that affect the natural gas markets? What is the potential impact of such policies on changing gas demand? To what extent may natural gas help to solve problems that impede the fulfilment of obligations in the field of environmental protection? What levers can be used to overcome the problems facing the natural gas industry? How can the gas industry best promote the use of natural gas as a driving force in the transition to a low-carbon economy?

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S&P Global Platts session ‘Global Energy Industry Development Outlook to 2040’

There is a wide range of opinions on the trajectory of the long-term development of the energy markets. On the one hand, the forecasts of peak demand for oil over the next decade are justified by the expectation of the rapid spread of electric vehicles, the growth in the substitution of oil consumption with that of natural gas, and environmental restrictions on the growth of the petrochemical market. Supporters of this view believe that the share of coal in the global energy balance will be structurally reduced, and even the growth in natural gas consumption will be limited by the growth of renewable energy generation. On the other hand, concerns about a potential shortage of oil are due to a sharp decline in investment in traditional oil production projects amid a slowdown in the growth of shale oil production. At the same time, demographic factors in developing countries are leading to an increase in the global demand for energy. The S&P Global Platts session ‘Global Energy Industry Development Outlook to 2040’ will consider the key fundamental, legislative, and technological prerequisites for such forecasts, and will present the most likely scenario for the long-term development of the global energy market according to S&P Global Platts Analytics.

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Gas-powered and Electric Vehicles in Russia: Possible Development Rates and Strategies

The rising numbers of cars in the world means that the burden on the planet’s environment is increasing, creating the demand for new types of transport and fuel. Vehicle manufacturers and innovators are actively working on creating infrastructure and new models of electric vehicles, as well as liquefied and compressed natural gas vehicles. In Russia, plans are also being implemented to develop the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. In many regions, public transport and municipal vehicles already run on natural gas. International experience shows that it is possible to accelerate the speed and expansion of the alternative petrol/diesel fuel market significantly, due to the rapid development of infrastructure on key transport corridors and in large metropolitan areas, tougher requirements for purchases by public and municipal organizations in terms of public transport and the housing and utilities sector, regulation of how public transport is organized, and the subsidizing of vehicle conversion. What incentives could the Government of the Russian Federation support in order to achieve more ambitious goals for the development of the gas-powered and electric car market? What regulatory restrictions impede the wider introduction of alternative transport? What is the expected effect on the country? Are vehicle manufacturers and freight and passenger transport companies interested in changing the strategy for developing the market? What are the challenges facing the regions?

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The Russian Energy Grid: A Dialogue with Suppliers

Russia’s electrical grid needs wide-scale modernization, especially to counter its highly deteriorated capital assets. Russian producers must take the lead on this issue, with the support of international holding partners experienced in power grid digitalization. A digital transformation in electrical energy will open up new opportunities for domestic businesses that must be seized and utilized. Are equipment producers ready to rebuild their business processes from the ground up and make competitive offers for new digital grid infrastructure? How can dependence on import be reduced? What has already been done and what measures need to be taken to facilitate effective cooperation?

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Energy Systems of the Future: The Vector of Development

The global economy is facing new challenges, and energy systems are undergoing radical change. This shift is called the ‘3D energy model’ because it may be represented by three trends: decarbonization, decentralization, and digitalization. Of course, the transition from fossil fuels and centralized electricity supply from a few stations to a large number of distributed and renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar energy, will not happen overnight. However, the traditional energy sector, which once consisted of several large power plants with downward transmission and distribution of energy, is now changing fundamentally. A growing number of energy producers and consumers involved in production are being forced to completely reconsider how energy systems are managed. The level of complexity of energy systems is increasing significantly, and the management of digital data is one of the ways in which this infrastructure may be controlled. Millions of new smart grids and decentralized power generating units increase the energy infrastructure’s level of complexity significantly. To cope with the increasing complexity of energy systems, electrical networks must be made smarter, harnessing the opportunities presented by digitalization. Modern technologies are able to analyze production processes and generate terabytes of data. How can this information be of most use to your business? Digital technology penetrates all branches of industry. Energy companies are looking for comprehensive methods to protect their assets from cyberattacks. Making the right decision and choosing the right partner is of critical importance. How can a company be protected from potential threats? Today, data is everywhere. For companies, data has become the most important and critical resource in the age of the Internet of Things. To uncover its full potential, data streams need to be converted into useful information. In order for this to happen, data from countless sources must be collected and analyzed. This is a very difficult task. How can MindSphere, an open operating platform based on cloud technologies and the Internet of Things, help with this? Does the Russian market need new solutions for large, centralized generation?

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Meeting for Participants in the Wind Industry ‘The Challenges of Localizing the Production of Wind Turbines in the Russian Federation’

One of the main requirements of legislation to support renewable energy in Russia is compliance with a high degree of localization of production. And with any type of development of wind power in Russia, it is unambiguously assumed that an industry for producing wind turbines will be created in Russia, and that the requirements for component manufacturers will be stepped up. According to the vendors who are currently producing wind turbines or their components, Russian companies are, generally, prepared to produce almost all the components for wind turbines. But, nevertheless, ‘growing pains’ cannot be ignored, and sometimes Russian companies that declare their readiness to produce components for wind turbines do not, in fact, always have high enough production standards, or equipment of a quality that vendors can accept. Today we already have the ‘first signs’ of the production of components for wind turbines: blades in the Ulyanovsk region, nacelles in Nizhny Novgorod and St. Petersburg, towers in Taganrog, and assembly production in Volgodonsk. But the potential of the market is huge, and many opportunities are not being taken up. Market experts have compiled a ‘localization map for component production’ for wind turbines, the active part of which includes a total of 15 enterprises, whereas the number of potential component manufacturers includes more than 200 factories and plants in various regions of the country. This is a powerful potential resource that could strengthen a new, emerging branch of power engineering in Russia. This new industry has a high export potential. The development of wind energy in neighbouring countries may be facilitated, and with the participation of Russian manufacturing firms. What experiences of setting up the wind industry in other countries should be taken into consideration? What production standards for component manufacturers are important specifically for the wind industry? What prevents the involvement of new participants in the localization process in Russia? Will the localization process facilitate the creation of a national line of wind turbines, and is this necessary for the industry?

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Lighting a Megapolis: Security, Aesthetics, Energy Efficiency

Exterior lighting is vital to creating a comfortable urban environment. The right illumination can serve as a tool for the goals of a specific neighbourhood: from making streets safer at night to creating a celebratory atmosphere during holidays. Artistic lighting of cities’ important landmarks makes them more attractive to tourists, while new technologies allow for an increase in lighting without a corresponding increase in energy consumption. Moscow has already implemented a project to develop a unified urban light and colour environment, improving the city’s lighting and highlighting its aesthetic attractiveness, which brought it into the world’s top 5 illuminated cities. Other successful lighting projects are being implemented in Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Vladimir, and many other Russian cities. What kind of experiences should become the basis for urban lighting projects? What should be the standards and targets used to measure the lighting of Russian megapolises, as well small and medium cities? What are the advantages of modern light sources and lighting control systems and what does the future hold for them?

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The Strategy of Import Substitution in the Oil and Gas Industry: National Projects and Digital Technology

In 2015 the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation ratified a set of measures aimed at replacing imports in the country’s oil refining and petrochemical industries. These measures, which encompass targets to reduce the share of imports by 2020, are currently being implemented. A national project is under way, entitled ‘The establishment of a range of domestically produced technologies and high-tech equipment to develop reserves in the Bazhenov Formation’. It is not only focused on the potential to process 760 million tonnes of hydrocarbon reserves, but also to facilitate the country’s self-sufficiency in exploring and developing non-traditional oil and gas reserves. In addition, two new projects have been ratified: ‘Creating hydroconversion technology for petroleum feedstock with the aim of obtaining high-quality fuel, oil, and feedstock for petrochemical processes’ and ‘Fine refining catalysts for petroleum feedstock (based on aluminium oxide)’. Oil and gas companies need to rapidly transfer to digital technologies in order for the industry to grow. This includes processes outlined in the plan to replace imports of software, which was ratified by the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation in 2015. Under this plan, the share of software imported for the energy industry will be cut to 70% by 2020, and 50% by 2025. How effective is the National Project format as a platform to trial equipment and technology? What kind of testing centres need to be created to develop technologies for geological surveying, and for exploring and extracting hard-to-recover hydrocarbon deposits? What are the intermediary results in import substitution for the oil refining and petrochemical industries? What does a standardization system provide as an import substitution tool in Russia? How can experience from the Cyber Hydrofracking competition be replicated in the development of Russian application software?

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The Development of Independent Services and Engineering in the Subsoil Resource Management Sector

Companies in the oil and gas service sector develop deposits and directly extract oil and gas. The current state and future development potential of these companies can therefore strongly affect the stability of Russia’s oil and gas processing industry. The degree to which oil- and gas-related services are developed has a bearing on technological opportunities to maintain and expand hydrocarbon extraction, expenses borne by oil and gas companies, and consequently, the competitiveness and reliability of the Russian oil and gas sector as a whole. Declining oil prices, together with financial and technological sanctions, have had a serious impact on service companies, and should prompt greater consideration of their problems. What support measures are required to increase the competitiveness of oil-related services, both in domestic and overseas markets? Which areas of the legal and regulatory framework governing relations between major consumers and providers of services need improvement? What are the prospects for replacing imports of equipment and innovative technology in high-tech oil-related services?

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The Energy Potential of the Arctic: Implementing Projects and Developing Logistics

The Russian Arctic contains almost 25% of the country’s recoverable reserves of oil and gas condensate, and more than 72% of its gas reserves. The development of cross-industry networks incorporating sea ports, modern infrastructure, and high-tech services will ensure that hydrocarbon production will grow in the Arctic region. This will help replace declining production in regions of traditional development after 2020 and help bolster the country’s energy security. Cargo traffic on the Northern Sea Route is planned to reach 80 million tonnes by 2024. This figure is expected to be reached largely as the result of transporting raw hydrocarbons in order to implement a number of projects, specifically Yamal LNG, Arctic LNG 2, Arctic Gates (Novoportovskoye field), and Prirazlomnoye field. Water transportation for other fields in the Yamal-Gydan Peninsula, offshore areas in the Arctic, and northern Russia could also be organized in the future. What promising hydrocarbon field development projects exist, and how long would it take to develop them? Which projects can be implemented using the existing transport infrastructure of the Arctic, and where could it be further developed, specifically with regard to pipelines and rail links? What are the prospects for developing the Northern Sea Route as the main sea transport corridor? To what extent could remote reserves be used in the energy mix of the Russian Arctic?

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Industry 4.0 Technologies in the Coal Sector

One of the most technologically conservative industries – coal mining – is also undergoing an industrial revolution. This revolution is largely being driven by information technology. The current technological revolution under way in numerous countries around the globe calls for the implementation of the so-called Industry 4.0 Programme. As one of the fundamental areas of this programme, digital modelling will be applied in production processes, including through employing relevant data obtained using a virtual model of the surrounding physical world. How is coal being brought into the digital era? How is the digital transformation of coal production progressing? What stage is the coal industry digitalization process currently at? To what extent are coal companies’ IT strategies in line with today’s requirements for the global coal mining sector?

Dmitry Klebanov — Director for Development, VIST Group

Gennady Alekseev — General Director, HC SDS-Coal
Tatyana Goffart — Head of Scientific and Technical Department, Granch Ltd.
Konstantin Kopylov — Chief Technology Officer, SUEK
Sergey Myasnikov — Deputy head of the Department for Supervision in Coal Industry, Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service (Rostechnadzor)
Sergey Nikishichev — Director, IMC Montan

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Degasification, Extraction, and Disposal of Coalbed Methane

Coalbed methane poses a serious industrial and environmental problem. It leads to accidents causing fatalities, destruction, and company shutdowns. There is a need to conduct a systemic and constant analysis of international experience and to collect information on degasification, extraction, and disposal of coalbed methane and enclosing strata. A consolidated database of best international practice is also required, and would help improve coal mine safety in Russia and reduce methane emissions. What are the aims and objectives of Russia’s international Centre for the Study and Advancement of Best Practices in the Degasification, Extraction, and Disposal of Coalbed Methane? What methods, technologies, and technical resources to extract methane gas mixtures appropriate for disposal are required today? What is the benefit of disposing of and using coalbed methane in Russia’s energy mix, compared to traditional natural gas sources?

Valery Zaharov — Director, Institute for Comprehensive Exploitation of Mineral Resources of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Vladimir Artemiev — Chief Operations Officer, SUEK
Stanislav Zolotykh — General Director, Gazprom Dobycha Kuznetsk
Raymond Pilcher — President, Raven Ridge Resources, Incorporated
Anatoly Yanovsky — Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation

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Improving the Environmental Impact of the Coal Industry: Current Conditions and Possible Measures

Despite the positive results achieved by environmental protection measures in recent years, the ecological situation in the coal sector remains critical. In order to reduce the negative impact of coal production companies, it is necessary for them to work systemically with regional governments to transition to best available technologies. How is this transition progressing? Will comprehensive ecological permits serve as a consolidated document to regulate the level at which coal companies impact the environment? Which areas of Russia’s environmental legislation need to be modernized with regards coal production? What problems exist in terms of decommissioning underground and surface mines in light of current Russian legislation? What is the effect of currently operating and closing companies on the hydrogeological and geodynamic situation in the region?

Sergey Mochalnikov — Director of the Department of Coal Mining and Peat Industry, Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation

Victoria Venchikova — Deputy Director of the Department of State Policy and Regulation in the Sphere of Environmental Protection, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation
Sergey Vysotsky — Head of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment of Kemerovo Region
Maxim Epifantsev — Environmental Director, EVRAZ plc
Andrey Moiseenkov — Director, State Administration on Reorganization and Liquidation of Unprofitable Mines and Cuts "GURSH" (FSBI "GURSH")
Dmitry Yakovlev — General Director, Multidisciplinary Research Centre "GEOMEKH"

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How May Utility Payments be Organized in a Way that is Convenient for the Public and Transparent for Suppliers?

The year 2018 was defined by the introduction of changes to the Housing Code, allowing for the transition to direct contracts between utility providers and consumers. Now, people can receive utility services from various suppliers: heat, gas and power companies, water companies, and regional operators for handling household waste, which all have different charging schemes, seasonality of delivery, billing and payment standards, and the calculation and granting of discounts. The volume of payments for utility services is huge, so a reliable, stable system of payments for utilities, ensuring guaranteed delivery of payments from consumers to suppliers, is the key factor for the sustainable operation of the entire system of housing and utilities services. Against this background, the debate on the role of the Unified Information and Payment Centre in the system of settlements and interaction with consumers of housing and utilities services has once again become relevant. Should the Unified Information and Payment Centre become an obligatory part of the market for providing housing and utilities services, which requirements (standards) should they meet, and how may they guarantee protection against improper use of the funds paid by consumers and ensure transparency for consumers and service providers? Could the Unified Information and Payment Centre become an innovative driver in housing and utilities services and take the customer service system to a qualitatively new level, when digital technologies become part of our lives? Electronic services, digital management technologies, smart metering, blockchain, and smart contracts – are these just pretty words, or the real future of housing and utilities services?

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The Digitalization of Energy: from Local Solutions to Transforming the Industry

The development of the world’s energy industry is increasingly sensitive to new technological trends. The degree to which digital solutions are implemented in fuel and energy companies is becoming one of the core drivers of their competitiveness in the global arena. Today, all major Russian fuel and energy companies have actively joined the ‘technological race’ and are already demonstrating the initial results of implementing pilot projects. However, current work only constitutes the first, local steps for the digital transformation of the Russian energy sector. The transition of the entire industry to the digital track requires a fundamentally new approach to the creation and implementation of intelligent solutions. What challenges and opportunities does the digitalization of energy present? How may we ensure that a systemic effect is achieved across the entire energy industry through the introduction of digital solutions by individual companies? Do we need a common digital space, and if so, who would be its key actors? What is the role of the state in the digitalization of energy? How may the concept of digitization be synchronized with different industry representatives?

Kirill Komarov — First Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Corporate Development and International Business, The State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM
Alexey Texler — First Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation

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Presentation of the OPEC World Oil Outlook 2018

The latest OPEC report – the World Oil Outlook (WOO) 2018 – will be presented during Russian Energy Week for the first time. The WOO report, which has been published since 2007, provides a detailed analysis of various factors affecting the global oil market with a medium- and long-term outlook until 2040. During the session, experts will present their view on the prospects for the industry’s development taking into account changes in the world economic situation, the evolution of the balance of oil supply and demand, trends in the processing of raw materials, and specific aspects of state policy and technological challenges.

Abderrezak Benyoucef — Head of the Energy Studies Department, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

Improving the Regulatory System in the Fuel and Energy Industry to Ensure Safe and Reliable Energy Supplies for the Consumer

The regulatory system governing the fuel and energy industry was drawn up over a period of more than 10 years. Despite the justifiably specific nature of legal regulation in the field, a great many aspects are more general, covering all sectors in the energy industry. This primarily concerns the legal framework supporting safe and reliable energy supplies for the consumer. What does the concept of safe and reliable energy supplies encompass? Is legislation governing the calculation and pricing of energy supplies effective? Does the existing regulatory system enable energy infrastructure investment projects to be implemented? Has a balance been struck on domestic energy markets between the interests of suppliers and consumers, extraction and generation companies, and transport and retail companies and the government? Does today’s legal regulation in the fuel and energy industry successfully protect the rights of energy market participants? In the immediate future, what changes need to be made to legal models encountered in energy markets to ensure safe and reliable energy supplies for the consumer?

Victoria Romanova — Head of the Energy Law Department, Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL)

Leonid Akimov — Director of the Legal Defense Department, Rosseti
Anastasiya Bondarenko — State Secretary, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation
Marina Vildanova — Vice President, St. Petersburg International Mercantile Exchange
Boris Gladkih — Member of the Committee on Energy, The State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation
Sergey Esyakov — First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Energy, The State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation
Anna Efimova — Deputy Managing Director, Director for Legal Issues, Mosenergo
Pavel Zavalny — Chairman of the Committee on Energy, The State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation
Inna Kashlikova — Head of the Legal Department, ATS Energo
Kirill Makarov — Acting Director of the Law Department, Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation
Tamara Merebashvili — Head of the Corporate and Property Relations Department, Inter RAO Group
Nicolay Roshenko — Member of the Board, Head of the Legal Division, Association "NP Market Council"
Valery Seleznev — First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Property Issues, The State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

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Политика стран ЕАЭС в сфере продвижения энергоэффективности и устойчивого развития энергетики: вызовы и общие инициативы

Tigran Arzumanyan — Deputy Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources of the Republic of Armenia
Vyacheslav Burmistrov — Deputy Director, Technical Regulation and Accreditation Department​, Eurasian Economic Commission
Suren Gyurdzhinyan — Project Manager, Energy Efficiency Project in the Countries of the Eurasian Economic Union, United Nations Development Programme to the Republic of Armenia
Anton Inyutsyn — Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation
Benoit Lebot — Executive Director of the Secretariat, International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC)
Mikhail Malashenko — Deputy Chairman, Director of the Department for Energy Efficiency, State Committee for Standardization of the Republic of Belarus(Gosstandart)
Dmitry Maryasin — Deputy Permanent Representative, United Nations Development Programme to the Republoc of Armenia
Timur Nurashev — Deputy Chairman, Industrial Development and Industrial Safety Committee of the Ministry for Investments and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Ulanbek Ryskulov — Chairman, State Committee of Industry, Energy and Mine Usage of the Kyrgyz Republic

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LNG for Asia-Pacific: Potential for Cooperation and Sustainable Development

Booming population, GDP, and energy demand accompanied by an increasing focus on sustainability and environmental issues make natural gas – both pipeline and liquefied – the fastest growing fuel in Asia-Pacific. Over 2 billion people, nearly half of the region’s population do not have clean cooking facilities and more than 400 million people do not have access to electricity. The social, economic, and environmental value of natural gas has made the Asia-Pacific region the fastest growing gas market in the world. A growing number of economies in Asia have expressed interest in developing LNG facilities to increase the share of gas in their energy mix or to serve as a shipment hub for neighboring countries. On the supply side there is a big variety of new LNG projects in Australia, USA, Russia, Qatar and East Africa coming on-stream, so the preconditions are in place for the development of the Asian-Pacific LNG market. How could these issues be addressed, and how could the Asia-Pacific LNG market support the social-economic development and environmental sustainability in the region?

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Energy Transition in Asia-Pacific: New Challenges and Opportunities for Regional Cooperation

The global energy landscape is changing, presenting both opportunities and challenges for the Asia-Pacific region. As projected by the International Energy Agency in their New Policies Scenario, global energy needs will rise more slowly than in the past, but still increase by 30% between today and 2040. The Asia-Pacific region will account for two-thirds of global energy growth. It has been recognize that fossil fuels will remain a dominant energy source in the near future.
At the same time, new approaches to energy diversification are emerging from recent energy trends such as; rapid deployment and falling costs of clean and renewable energy technologies, growing electrification, raising concerns about climate change and environmental degradation, and increases emphasis on more service- oriented economies in the region. Further effective measures and actions will be necessary towards energy transition by enhancing the share of cleaner fossil fuels in the energy mix, such as natural gas; developing new and renewable energy sources, and boosting energy efficiency.
What different approaches to transforming the energy sector in the region have governments and experts from Russia and the Asia-Pacific identified? How does regional cooperation in the Asia-Pacific help broaden and increase measures taken on the national level to meet the 2030 sustainable development agenda, in particular with regards to SDG 7: ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all?

Liu Hongpeng — Director, Energy Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

Sanjayan Velautham — Executive Director, ASEAN Centre for Energy
M.G.A. Goonetilleke — Additional Secretary, Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Muhammad Naeem Malik — Director, SAARC Energy Centre
Nguyen Phuong Mai — Deputy Head, Electricity and Renewable Energy Authority, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Mohammad Hossain — Director General, Power Cell, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources of the People's Republic of Bangladesh

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Light and Colour in the City: Safety, Aesthetics, and Energy Efficiency

Street lighting is an important part of creating a pleasant urban environment. The correct choice of lighting for various functional spaces helps solve a range of challenges, from increasing safety on the streets at night, to creating a festive atmosphere during special occasions. When attractively illuminated, a city’s major sights become even more appealing to tourists, and new technologies are making it possible to increase the level of lighting without impacting energy consumption. Moscow has recently implemented a light and colour concept for the city, with visual comfort and artistic expression placed at the forefront. It is now one of the five best lit cities in the world. Elsewhere, separate lighting projects are being successfully implemented in St Petersburg, Kazan, Vladimir, and numerous other cities in Russia. What experience can lie at the foundation when creating a city’s lighting environment? What lighting standards and targets can be applied for cities of various sizes in Russia? What are the advantages of modern light sources and light management systems, and how might they be developed in the future?

Alexander Bukatov — Deputy Director, Mossvet

Elena Vashurkina — Director, SvetoProekt
Denis Kruk — Head of the Department, United Energy Company JSC