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The key topic of the event is the implementation of the sustainable development goals and clean energy.

Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak spoke at the High-Level Dialogue on Energy of the UN General Assembly.

The Dialogue plays an important role in uniting international efforts aimed at ensuring access of the planet’s inhabitants to inexpensive, reliable and modern energy sources, stressed Alexander Novak. According to the Deputy Prime Minister, the world’s energy consumption continues to grow.

“According to forecasts, by 2040, energy consumption will grow 1.5 times. But today every fifth person in the world does not have guaranteed access to electricity. The Russian side proceeds from the priority of the tasks of eliminating energy poverty and reliable provision of consumers of all countries of the world with affordable energy resources, ”he said.

At the same time, work in this direction should not contradict the solution of the problem of eliminating energy poverty and lead to restrictions in access to energy, including use in climate issues, stressed Alexander Novak. “Our key task is to achieve synergy between measures to strengthen global energy security, provide the world economy and population with affordable energy resources and address climate challenges. At the same time, climate issues should not be used as an argument in the competition for energy markets, ”he said.

At its core, Russian energy policy is aimed at improving energy efficiency and reducing pollutant emissions. “The energy balance of Russia is already one of the most progressive among the largest economies in the world. About 87% of the electricity that is generated in our country comes from carbon-free or low-carbon sources. Of these, 46% is natural gas – the cleanest of all fossil fuels. 41% is occupied by carbon-free generation – these are hydroelectric power plants, nuclear power plants and energy generated on the basis of renewable energy sources, ”the Deputy Prime Minister said.

With the support of the state, the share of renewable energy sources in the Russian energy balance is gradually growing; by 2035, the share of carbon-free energy sources (hydroelectric power plants, renewable energy sources and nuclear power plants) in the energy balance can be increased to 45%, and the share of low-carbon energy sources – up to 90%, Alexander Novak noted. At the same time, natural gas will remain one of the main types of energy in the global energy balance for a long time due to its environmental friendliness. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) and nuclear power will also play an important role.

“Russia is the world leader in this area. We are currently working on the implementation of advanced technological developments – waste-free reactors and low-power nuclear power plants. In addition, favorable conditions have been created in Russia for the development of hydrogen energy. We are planning to become one of the world leaders in the field of hydrogen production, ”stressed the Deputy Prime Minister.

In conclusion, the Deputy Prime Minister stressed that Russia will continue to be a reliable supplier of energy resources to world markets, including electricity, pipeline and liquefied natural gas. “It is important to maintain a balance of traditional and alternative energy resources. This is the only way we can walk the evolutionary path towards a low-carbon future without compromising energy security, ”he added.

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