The 4th Russian-British Raw Materials Dialogue, which this year due to the pandemic was held in an online format on the Zoom platform, came to an end. Despite the fact that political relations between our states are “virtually dead” at the moment, the forum, on the contrary, was in high demand. After all, it has remained one of the few discussion platforms where scientists and businessmen from the two countries can exchange experiences and discuss the most promising areas of mutually beneficial cooperation.
Delegates from Foggy Albion emphasized that the truth is born in disputes and the struggle of opinions, even if they are often directly opposite. And in order to find an adequate answer to the challenges facing humanity, such as coronavirus and climate change, you must at least hear each other and understand why your partners think the way they do.
The liveliest discussion on the first day of the forum was devoted to the future of the fuel and energy complex. It is no secret that in the United Kingdom, as well as in continental Europe, they believe that in 30 years the share of electricity generation from fossil fuels will fall to a minimum. Wind turbines, solar panels, and hydrogen will provide the bulk of generation.