Russia to report progress on Sustainable Development Goals


TIARCENTER CEO Anton Gubnitsyn participated in the initial meeting on preparation of the voluntary national review on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which was organized by the Analytical Center for the Russian Government. “You can hardly overstate the importance of each of the 17 Goals,” says Anton Gubnitsyn. “However, TIARCENTER’s primary focus is the 12th SDG, Responsible Consumption and Production, as it is directly linked to our mission – facilitating the country’s transition to the circular economy model. We intend to contribute to the preparation of the National Review.”

Moscow needs systemic efforts to improve energy efficiency


Importance of energy saving for the Moscow power infrastructure’s long-term sustainability was highlighted by TIARCENTER’s Bashir Chalabi, who hosted a meeting between the Moscow City Utilities Department’s chief Gasan Gasangadjiev and the Association of European Businesses. Gasangadjiev informed the meeting participants about the priorities of his department – energy-efficient technologies, optimization of the grid, and digital transformation of utilities management. Read more.

European business stays committed to investing in Russia


This is the primary takeaway from the Annual Strategy Meeting of the Association of European Businesses, in which the members of AEB Board, Council of National Representation and the committees’ chairpersons participated. Bashir Chalabi took part in the meeting and his vision of opportunities for energy efficiency improvement in Russia. See the event’s page on the AEB website.

TIARCENTER reports on sharing economy in AmCham


Constantine Streltsov, TIARCENTER Head of Analytics, took part in a seminar on the sharing economy and internet of things (IoT) in Russia in the American Chamber of Commerce presenting the results of TIARCENTER’s recent research. IoT has enabled sharing to become one of the cornerstones of the new economy, the so-called Industry 4.0. See the event’s page on the AmCham site.

Morning RBC broadcast: Growth of the sharing economy reflects increasing demand for mobility


On RBC TV, TIARCENTER CEO Anton Gubnitsyn commented on the reasons behind the growth of the sharing economy in Russia: “We can observe a rapid growth of sharing in sectors related to basic human needs – housing, transport, work, food. A city dweller spends up to 80% of their income on them. These sectors reflect the increasing demand for mobility and optimization of spending.” Watch the show here.

Moscow moving towards the Green Economy


“Moscow and the Moscow region generate about 25% of all municipal solid waste in Russia. This is why introducing separate waste collection in the city and the region is crucial to the environmental well-being of the nation,” TIARCENTER CEO Anton Gubnitsyn said at the conference “Modern Metropolis: Formation of Green Economy”. It was held in the Metropolitan University under the Moscow Government and gathered experts from Russia, Belarus, Finland and the Czech Republic. Anton Kulbachevsky, head of the Moscow City Department of the Environment, stressed that the green economy is a global trend and the only acceptable way for major cities.

RBC TV: Panel on Drivers of Sharing Economy in Russia


TIARCENTER CEO Anton Gubnitsyn and pundits from YouDrive, Higher School of Economics and Knyazev & Partners discussed the reasons behind the rapid growth of the sharing economy on RBC TV. Research into development of sharing platforms conducted by RAEC and TIARCENTER has sparked immense interest among the business community. How does sharing in Russia differ from that in Europe and the US? What affects the growth rate of collaborative consumption? What problems does regulation present? Watch the broadcast here.

Tech industry’s agenda on Echo of Moscow radio station


TIARCENTER CEO Anton Gubnitsyn came to Alexander Plyuschev’s Tochka on Echo Moscow. Together with RAEC head Sergey Plugotarenko, they discussed trends and challenges of Russia’s digital economy, including rather complex issues. To learn how serious public officials are about self-regulation, why young parents drive C2C commerce and whether it is possible to profit from carsharing and carpooling watch the broadcast’s recording.

TIARCENTER Releases Research on Sharing Economy


Anton Gubnitsyn presented the results of TIARCENTER and RAEC’s study into Russia’s sharing economy at the RIW forum. Read the summary here.

Corporate Environmental Initiatives are Increasingly Relevant in Russia


This is the conclusion Anton Gubnitsyn and Bashir Chalabi reach in their article for the 2018 edition of How to Invest in Russia published by the Association of European Business. Sustainability programs seldom yield an immediate return, nonetheless, in the medium term, green projects enhance the investment attractiveness of the national economy – which is a priority highlighted in the AEB guide’s foreword by Economic Development Minister Maxim Oreshkin. See the full article here.

Taxation Bill for Self-Employed Citizens in Russia: the Official Position of the RAEC Sharing Economy Cluster


We suggest that the State Duma consider the special case of sharing services, to draw up a section on positive economic incentives (bonuses) for citizens registered as self-employed. We also propose removing from the bill the article on punitive measures – at least for the duration of the pilot scheme.

Russia’s Transition to the Circular Economy


MSU’s Graduate School of Public Administration and TIARCENTER held a round table on Russia’s transition to the circular economic model. Taking part in the discussion were the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, and the Eurasian Economic Commission. The expert community was represented by operators in waste management Clean Country, AEB, the Center for Environmental Industrial Policy, and the HSE’ Institute of Ecology. Business cases where the principles of the circular economy have been introduced into the production chain were presented by representatives of Sibur, Ferrero and UPM. More on the round-table.