|Summary of the first "Russian Energy Week" Energy Efficiency and Energy Development International Forum 2017|
The first ‘Russian Energy Week’ Energy Efficiency and Energy Development International Forum was held in Moscow and St. Petersburg on 3–7 October 2017 at the Central Exhibition Hall "Manege" and ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The goal of the event is to discuss the current global energy agenda, identify areas for the development of the main sectors of the fuel and energy industry, and search for optimal solutions to respond to existing challenges.
The Forum was attended by heads of state and governments, CEOs of major international energy companies and organizations as well as leading global experts from among representatives of science, the media, and civil society.
The key event of the Forum’s official business program was the ‘Energy for Global Growth’ plenary session at which Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a speech.
The REW 2017 business programme also featured the following events:
The business programme also featured 16 panel discussions, 12 roundtables, presentations of the heat supply efficiency rating and energy efficiency rating of power grid companies, the 6th Global Energy Summit, and a number of events held in the format of all-Russian conferences, sessions, meetings, and business breakfasts.
The final day of the Forum was dedicated to young people. REW 2017 Youth Day included the final session "Energy of Youth Initiatives 2018’"and an informal meeting with Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak at which students and young energy specialists were able to ask questions. The youth day brought together 1,800 participants and was the largest youth event in energy efficiency and energy development.
The All-Russian Energy Conservation Festival #TogetherisBrighter was held during Russian Energy Week with people signing personal declarations about their intentions to conserve energy. The festival participants wrote what kind of personal contribution they are willing to make to the common cause of taking care of energy resources. These promises were placed on a special tree, which by the end of the Forum had taken on rich “foliage”.
Russian schoolchildren also wrote wishes on treating energy resources with due care to their peers from other countries. Many of these letters were handed over to official representatives of these countries and mayors who took part in Forum’s business events.
The business programme for the 7th St Petersburg International Gas Forum, which took place as part of Russian Energy Week in St Petersburg, featured 60 events in the format of meetings, conferences, roundtables, and seminars. These included the plenary session ‘The Role of the Russian Gas Complex in the Global Energy Balance’ and series of events ‘Youth Day: Dialogue of Generations’. Participants in SPIGF 2017 included more than 400 speakers.
The total number of participants in REW 2017 exceeded 10,000 people. Of these, 6,500 attended the REW venue in Moscow, and 4,000 visited the venue in St Petersburg. 94 participating countries were represented at the REW 2017 venue in Moscow.
The forum served as an important communications platform for more than 480 representatives of the business community from 150 Russian and 76 foreign companies.