RAEC Sharing Economy Cluster Assembles


TIARCENTER CEO Anton Gubnitsyn chaired another meeting of the RAEC / Sharing Economy Cluster. Members and experts of the Cluster – representatives of C2C marketplaces, carsharing operators, P2P rental platforms and other tech companies – discussed regulatory news from the summer. A plan for research activities was outlined: besides preparing an annual sector overview, which will be released at the Russian Internet Week in December, TIARCENTER will publish a paper on the potential of food-sharing in terms of sustainable development goals. See the article on the RAEC site.

Platforms once again blamed for service providers’ violations: now on the bus market


This year, in Bashkorsatn, the local road traffic regulator has uncovered 159 violations committed by bus operators who use Yandex.Buses and Atlas. It is fundamentally wrong to shift carriers’ responsibility to marketplaces, information intermediaries. Each carrier is free to connect to any platform, just like every carrier can publish ads in newspapers. The platforms themselves are not interested in working with offenders, says Anton Gubnitsyn, chair of the RAEC Sharing Economy Cluster. Source: Kommersant

Sustainability leads to advancement of the industry


The Association of European Businesses’ open event “Environment National Project: Opportunities for Modernization of Russian Industry” was held in Moscow on June 18. The participants were univocal: the environmental trend opens up strong opportunities for the advancement of the industry, along with a great potential for making the growth more sustainable. The event was attended by representatives of the Russia’s Industry & Trade Ministry, Technological Development Agency, Sberbank, Tikkurila and other companies and European embassies in Moscow, with Bashir Chalabi being a host. Read more

Sharing Economy Cluster meets with Marco Torregrossa


RAEC’s Sharing Economy Cluster and Marco Torregrossa, Secretary General of the European Forum of Independent Professionals discussed platform monetization models and platforms’ obligations to self-employed contractors. “It was fascinating to learn about European precedents from Marco, a career employment lawyer, who has interacted a lot with both the public and private sectors,” says TIARCENTER Head of Analytics Konstantin Streltsov, who moderated the discussion. From RAEC’s side, BlaBlaCar, Yandex and others contributed to the discussion.

Reducing Ecological Footprint and Optimizing Costs


Kim Tjoa, co-founder of B2B marketplace, and Anton Gubnitsyn, head of the cluster RAEC / Sharing Economy, discussed B2B-sharing with members of the IT committee of the Association of European Business.

Regulators’ appetites and development of sharing in Russia


The future of the accommodation sharing sector greatly depends on the regulator, TIARCENTER CEO Anton Gubnitsyn told RBC reporters. The ban on hostels in residential buildings may shift tourist traffic towards apartment renting or, conversely, may intimidate sharing platforms. Such bills may whet the appetite of the state for restrictions and potentially affect companies outside the hostel industry.

You can find the original RBC article here.

Penetration of Sharing from Consumers to Corporations


TIARCENTER Chief Executive Anton Gubnitsyn and Kim Tjoa, co-founder of Dutch B2B platform, discussed adoption of the sharing model by corporations at the RIF+CIB forum.

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.