“Presenting the zero-carbon energy as a counter choice to replace the traditional energy would be an absolutely unproductive strategy from the economic, technological, and even the information angle,” said Evgeny Gasho, expert with the Analytical Center speaking at the international congress “Renewable Energy in XXI Century: Energy and Economic Efficiency” held on October 13-14 in Skolkovo.
“There are countries where the share of renewable energy sources is rising rather rapidly. But even in Russia the share of zero-carbon energy is currently 35% already. Few industrialized countries can boast with such achievements,” said Mr. Gasho. - “Moscow alone has achieved a tremendous success on its path to enhancing energy efficiency in the past 6-7 years. Still, a huge megalopolis situated, moreover, in a cold climate, cannot fully renounce the use of gas power – this just would not work,” the expert believes.
Mr. Gasho is certain that work on improving the energy efficiency of the entire municipal economy must not be stopped. - “Our Analytical Center is working to identify and lay down the key priorities as far as development of the new pattern of energy economy is concerned and this includes municipal economy,” Gasho explains. – “Modern approaches must not seek to present as if the traditional energy is set against the alternative energy; their purpose is to suggest universals approaches applicable in different climatic and geographical conditions.”
The agenda of the REENCON-XXI Congress included global development of the renewable energy sector and Russia's role in this process.