The 11th International Forum and Exhibition “Transport of Russia” opened in Moscow
Gostiny Dvor hosted the opening ceremony of the 11th International Forum and Exhibition “Transport of Russia”. In his welcome address to the participants and guests of the event Minister of Transport Maxim Sokolov said:
“I extend my welcome to the participants of the forum and exhibition. It is the largest business event in our industry. Its mission is to show the best achievements in the industry; to discuss our problems, challenges and goals; and also contribute to sustainable growth of Russian economy.”
Sergey Ivanov, Special Presidential Representative for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport, also addressed the Forum participants pointing out the following: “I would like to remind you that 2017 is a year of ecology, and Russian transport industry is making very important steps in this direction. Our task is to minimize the negative environmental impact of transport, that is why the key topic of our forum is ecology and many discussions will be devoted to this very topic.”
Sergey Ivanov read out the greeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin: “The forum and exhibition are a key event in the life of the industry, determining its future development vector and allowing to shape the scope of work and demonstrate the best projects of the industry. Efficient operation of all links in the transport system, PPP development and transport upgrade are the key to development and prosperity of Russian economy in general.”
The forum continued with a plenary session entitled “Transport of Russia. In Harmony with Nature,” where relevant issues of ecological transport safety were discussed, also discussed were the issues of transition of various transportation modes to such environmentally friendly energy sources, as liquefied natural gas.
Maxim Sokolov noted that in order to reduce the negative impact of the transport industry on Russian ecology, it is necessary to proactively introduce such alternative fuels as liquefied natural gas. Sokolov also added that over the past ten years, the tremendous work was done to reduce the harmful impact of the transport industry on the environment and today Russia is leaving the red zone in which it stayed several decades ago.
Sergey Donskoy, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, elaborated upon the theme of environmentally friendly energy sources, noting that the introduction of resource-saving technologies should contribute to achieving sustainable economy development, and environmental strategy design and implementation would make the trend towards transportation ecology.
Oleg Belozerov, CEO - Chairman of the Board of Russian Railways, spoke on the environmental safety of various modes of transport, saying that railway transport today was the most environmentally friendly transport, and JSC Russian Railways paid special attention to the ecological component of its work.
Sergey Frank, CEO of Sovcomflot, spoke on the issues of environmentally friendly maritime transport, noting that more than 80% of shipments in the world were performed by maritime transport, and in Russia this figure was also very high assuming that the ship requirements were very strict. To date, Sovcomflot already uses liquefied gas on a number of routes, and the challenge facing the company today is to use LNG on the longest routes in the Arctic.
Among those who raised the issue of using LNG in transport was Rustem Khamitov, head of the Republic of Bashkortostan, who noted that his republic was the leader in the production of gas engine fuel and it planned to transition all public transport of Bashkortostan to LNG and thereby reduce the load on the environment in the republic.
Rafael Schwartzman, Regional Vice President of International Air Transport Association (IATA) Europe, spoke on reducing environmental threats highlighting that IATA was actively working on the improvement of the fuel quality, harmful emissions reduction, as well as the development of new technologies and materials.
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