Rector of St. Petersburg Mining University Vladimir Litvinenko had a working meeting with the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in St. Petersburg Stefano Weinberger. The parties discussed the preparation for the next Russian-German Raw Materials Forum, which will take place in April.
The Consul pointed out that this large-scale conference, initiated by St. Petersburg Mining University and Freiberg Mining Academy, had long ago established itself as an authoritative ground where businessmen, politicians and scientists can discuss the aspects of cooperation in the sphere of energy. He regretted that the sanitary-epidemiological situation still does not allow its participants to meet in person. However, the need to discuss a number of topical issues at such a representative level is long overdue, and therefore the decision to meet online seems very timely.
According to the preliminary agreements, the plenary discussions of the forum will be devoted to such topics as the influence of the European “green deal“ on the EU-Russia cooperation, the partnership of the two countries in hydrogen energy, digital transformation in the mining industry, and a number of others.
Vladimir Litvinenko emphasized that our states need agreement on cooperation in global energy today more than ever. That is a document that, in particular, would define the need for Germany to supply all kinds of energy resources for the foreseeable future. After all, demand for the same natural gas in Germany will grow for decades to come, and Russian exporters need to understand what volumes to reserve for their European partners.
Now in the Old World, there are attempts to take some “promoted” energy carrier (e.g., hydrogen) out of context and present it as a no-alternative option for mankind. This position may well turn out to be a trap, because the necessary infrastructure for the introduction of H2 is lacking, and its creation will require enormous financial injections. The problems with transportation and storage of the lightest gas in nature, whose molecules, due to their ultra-small size, can penetrate the crystal lattice of steel and destroy it, have not been solved either.