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The collegium summed up the results of the department’s work in 2020 and outlined tasks for 2021.

Final meeting of the Board of the Ministry of Energy

Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak took part in the final meeting of the board of the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation.

Summing up the results of the work of the Ministry of Energy in 2020, Alexander Novak emphasized the unprecedentedness of the past year for the Russian and world economy and energy. Thus, as a result of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, demand in the oil industry decreased to 25%, a decrease in global demand due to macroeconomic factors was recorded in the coal and gas industries, while in the electric power industry the decline was limited to 3%.

Despite this, the Russian fuel and energy complex successfully passed 2020, maintaining the stability of work in the electric power industry, as well as the supply of basic energy resources to the consumer, emphasized Alexander Novak. He thanked the employees of the fuel and energy complex for their work in a difficult period.

“I would like to convey my gratitude to all employees of the Ministry of Energy, its management team, employees of fuel and energy companies and their management for coordinated and efficient work in 2020, in difficult conditions when it was not clear what would happen in the energy industry. The companies and the Ministry coped with the tasks set, provided the Russian economy with the necessary energy resources and services – first of all, the provision of the population with oil products, electricity and gas, the reliable passage of the autumn-winter period. The fuel and energy complex faced a difficult situation and coped with its task, ”stressed Alexander Novak.

The Deputy Prime Minister especially noted the ongoing work on connecting new consumers, including new medical institutions, as well as providing existing healthcare institutions with a reliable power supply for the operation of ventilators.

The development of strategic documents in the Russian fuel and energy complex was a separate topic in the Deputy Prime Minister’s speech.

“So, in 2020, the development was completed and the approval of the Energy Strategy of the Russian Federation for the period up to 2035, the Program for the Development of the Coal Industry for the Period until 2035, the Roadmap for the Development of Hydrogen Energy until 2024, programs for small-scale and large-scale LNG … If we talk about future tasks, we must continue to work on the preparation of the approval of the General Schemes for the Development of the Oil and Gas Industries, the Scheme and Program for the Placement of Electric Power Facilities, the work on the approval of the “roadmap” for the development of gasification in Russia, in general, to increase the level of gasification of the country, as well as over other strategic documents, ”the Deputy Prime Minister said.

Alexander Novak also dwelled on the development of the electric power industry. “Here we have tasks to improve the efficiency and consolidation of grid organizations, introduce benchmarks, reduce cross-subsidization, equalize tariffs in the regions, as well as continue the renewable energy development program,” he said.

The Deputy Prime Minister drew the attention of colleagues to the importance of implementing national goals and objectives to improve the quality of life of the country’s population, digitalization and diversification of energy, and also stressed the need to form a strategic program “New Energy”. “It should reflect the responses to the existing challenges of the climate agenda. Today the task is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve the efficiency of the complex in terms of reducing CO2 emissions. We need to do this seriously, to take a comprehensive approach to the issue. It is also important to continue working on the international track, defending the country’s interests in competitive markets, including within the CIS, ”added the Deputy Prime Minister.

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