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Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak made a presentation as part of his participation in the 13th Russian-German Raw Materials Forum.

Speaking about the development of energy cooperation between Russia and Germany, Alexander Novak noted his strategic leading role in the European direction. “Germany is the main partner for the Russian fuel and energy complex in the European direction. Our energy cooperation is in the nature of a strategic partnership. Last year marked the 50th anniversary of a truly historic event for Russian-German cooperation – on February 1, 1970, an agreement was signed for the supply of large-diameter pipes by West German companies and the provision of loans by German banks in exchange for natural gas from the USSR. Thanks to this “contract of the century”, a promising scheme of cooperation was laid. Russia makes a great contribution to the energy security of Germany and Europe, providing more than a third of Germany’s energy needs. To date, more than 1 trillion cubic meters have been supplied to the German market. meters of gas since the beginning of our cooperation, ”stressed Alexander Novak.

According to the Deputy Prime Minister, the role of natural gas in the future of the energy industry will remain the same, despite the current processes of decarbonization and greening of the European energy sector. “Gas is a clean source of energy, and its consumption is growing in both developed and developing countries, its share in the energy balance is increasing,” he added.

Nevertheless, the Russian Federation pays great attention to the climate agenda, which is becoming an increasingly important factor in the global economy and energy.

“The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, in his speech noted that the fate of our entire planet, the prospects for the development of each country, the well-being and quality of life of people largely depend on the success of efforts on climate change. We intend to further increase the utilization of associated petroleum gas above the level of 95% and its further commercial use, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and develop projects based on renewable energy sources. Currently, 41% of our energy balance is made up of low-carbon energy sources – the sun, wind, hydroelectricity, nuclear energy. Russia is setting itself an ambitious goal of increasing the share of these energy sources, ”said Alexander Novak.

Speaking about the development of new environmentally friendly energy sources, the Deputy Prime Minister emphasized the inadmissibility of discrimination against traditional energy sources, which in the foreseeable future will form the basis of consumption. “At the same time, we also believe that one of the most promising types of energy sources is in the energy balance. For Russia, hydrogen energy is becoming a natural course of development of domestic science and technology, a continuation of the traditional resource-saving approach for our country. The strategic goal of the Russian Federation is to realize the national potential in the production, export, and use of hydrogen in various sectors of the economy. The Government of the Russian Federation has approved a “road map” for the development of hydrogen energy, a draft Concept for the development of hydrogen energy has been prepared, ”the Deputy Prime Minister noted.

According to the Deputy Prime Minister, when implementing energy policy, countries should also take into account related trends in digital transformation, the development of artificial intelligence, robotization and work with big data. “Without digital transformation, the creation of integrated systems, digitalization in the broad sense of the word, management processes will be, if not impossible, very slow and complicated,” he argued.

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