Roscongress Foundation and World Energy Council to hold online conference:COVID-19 Accelerating a better energy future for all
An online conference entitled “COVID-19: Accelerating a better Energy Future for All” is set to take place on 17 June 2020 at 13:00 Moscow time/11:00 (BST). It will be the first in a series of online events called the Road to Congress 2022. These will be held twice a year under the brand of the 25th World Energy Congress, which will take place in St. Petersburg on 24–27 October 2022.
The conference is being jointly organized by the Roscongress Foundation and the World Energy Council, and is being held with the support of the Global Energy Association.
The COVID-crisis situation is a potential gamechanger. Discussions of a return to ‘normal’ and the prospect of an emerging ‘new normal’ are underway. The pandemic has already dramatically influenced the balance of supply and demand in energy markets and highlighted an increasing focus on new digital operating models as well as immediate improvement in urban air quality. Energy organizations are successfully demonstrating their resilience to keep the lights on for people around the world, however the crisis has the potential to trigger a perfect storm of conditions favourable to bankruptcy across the energy sector.
To help energy organizations prepare for what comes next, the World Energy Council is convening its global community to facilitate a deeper exchange of energy systems expertise and has identified a set of post-crisis scenarios. While it is not possible to predict the future, by using plausible and alternative scenarios it is possible to engage diverse perspectives, to make sense of the chaos, and to explore and rehearse new pathways for progressing a shared and compelling vision of successful global energy transition.
Among those taking part in the conference will be Alexander Novak, Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation; Angela Wilkinson, Secretary General and CEO of the World Energy Council; Pavel Livinsky, Director General and Chairman of the Management Board of Rosseti; Helima Croft, Managing Director and Global Head of Commodity Strategy, Global Research at RBC Capital Markets; and Leonhard Birnbaum, Member of the Management Board of E.ON and CEO of Innogy. The event will be moderated by Sergey Brilev, Deputy Director of Russia TV Channel and President of the Global Energy Association.
The conference will be streamed on the 25th World Energy Congress website (worldenergycongressrussia.org) and YouTube channel (youtube.com/channel/UCTEk4aBEWbNCjz23yjbvqDQ?view_as=subscriber).
The Roscongress Foundation – a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and sporting, public, and cultural events.
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 2,500 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with 122 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 69 countries worldwide. roscongress.org
The World Energy Congress is the main event held under the World Energy Council umbrella, and the biggest and most influential event in energy. It covers all aspects and news related to the energy sector. First held in 1924, the World Energy Congress takes place every three years. The event includes a specialized exhibition, with a range of industries represented. These include energy, architecture, engineering, construction, coal mining, technology, contracting, finance and investment, consulting and analysis, oil, gas, professional unions, and the media. The 25th World Energy Congress will be held on 24–27 October 2022 in St. Petersburg. The event is organized by the Roscongress Foundation. worldenergycongressrussia.org