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The First Russian–British Raw Materials Dialogue

Monday, 23 October, 2017
The First Russian–British Raw Materials Dialogue
The First Russian–British Raw Materials Dialogue
The First Russian–British Raw Materials Dialogue
The First Russian–British Raw Materials Dialogue
The First Russian–British Raw Materials Dialogue
The First Russian–British Raw Materials Dialogue
The First Russian–British Raw Materials Dialogue
The First Russian–British Raw Materials Dialogue
The First Russian–British Raw Materials Dialogue
The First Russian–British Raw Materials Dialogue
The First Russian–British Raw Materials Dialogue
The First Russian–British Raw Materials Dialogue
The First Russian–British Raw Materials Dialogue
The First Russian–British Raw Materials Dialogue
The First Russian–British Raw Materials Dialogue
The First Russian–British Raw Materials Dialogue

The Gornyi conference center held the opening ceremony of the First Russian–British Raw Materials Dialogue entitled Trust and Cooperation — the Major Elements of Sustainable Development. Its organizers — Saint Petersburg Mining University and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) — are the two leading mining organizations in Russia and Great Britain.

Among the forum’s participants were the representatives of the research and business communities of the raw materials sector, legislators, executives, politicians and public figures  from both countries — the Governor of Saint Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Kirill Molodtsov, Rector of Mining University Vladimir Litvinenko, President of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce Charles Hendry, Minister Counsellor (Prosperity) at the British Embassy in Moscow Jonathan Brenton, member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Viktor Ivanter and many others.

The key aim of the Dialogue was to create a platform for strong academic and economic cooperation between the countries in the sphere of the efficient use of natural resources, introducing innovative environmentally friendly technologies, developing common strategies in the mineral resources sector.

“Today we are giving birth to a ‘child’ that will soon grow up and build new relations between our countries,” said Rector Litvinenko in his address to the participants of the Russian–British Dialogue. “Our initial meetings have shown that we speak the same language. We are going to come together not only to negotiate a new strategy in the development of natural resources but also to award grants to young researchers, enhance research cooperation on the basis of the new Competence Center for Mining-Engineering Education established in Saint Petersburg under the UNESCO auspices and promote the implementation of new technologies in the mining industry.”

“Despite the political complications, we maintain positive dynamics of humanitarian cooperation,” said the Governor of Saint Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko. “Our countries have positive experience of implementing joint projects in natural resources management; we exchange best practices in introducing modern environmentally friendly technologies. The Russian–British Dialogue held in Mining University will strengthen the friendly relations between our countries.”

“Our aim is to build closer ties between our countries as well as between the business world and universities,” stated the President of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce Charles Hendry. “The Russian–British Dialogue is a serious opportunity to progress to a new development stage in the mining sector, to introduce a higher standard of environmental safety. We can work efficiently together, especially in such spheres as education, science and power engineering.”

“The trends in renewable energy production are clear,” emphasized Kirill Molodtsov. “Many countries rely on the development of renewable energy sources and in the mid-term they plan to increase their share in power balance up to 20–25%. Yet, the consumption of hydrocarbons will continue to increase at least until 2040–2045. Over the last 50 years, energy consumption has been increasing by approximately 2.5% every year, mostly with the use of oil and especially gas. The dialogue between Russian and British business communities will help improve the technologies of extraction and processing of natural resources and will guarantee successful economic development of our countries.”

“As a representative of the British government, I would like to say that such events are very important for our relations. The bridge formed by science is essential. It is very promising that there are such spheres where we can cooperate regardless of political situation,” noted the Minister Counsellor (Prosperity) at the British Embassy in Moscow Jonathan Brenton.“

The agenda of the first day of the Russian–British Raw Materials Dialogue included the following items: efficient use of resources, alternative energy sources, joint development of mineral resources in the hard-to-reach regions of Siberia, the far East and the Arctic, the issue of Russian companies entering international stock exchanges.

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