Vladimir Mau at SPIEF-2019: RANEPA will present national projects implementation report by regions at 2020 Gaidar Forum
On June 7, Vladimir Mau attended two sessions at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, The Impact of the Natural Gas Engine on the Economy and Climate and National Development Goals: Key Issues in the First Year of Work.
During the first session, they discussed issues related to the use of natural gas as engine fuel, and the prospects and steps toward its introduction in the transport sector. Viktor Zubkov, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Gazprom, noted that the global number of gas-engine vehicles has increased from 1 to 26 million since 2000, but this market has a much higher potential. Russian Transport Minister Yevgeny Ditrikh said we need to consider the possibility of using gas as fuel not only for motor transport, but also throughout the industry, including railway and water transport. According to him, several natural gas-fueled locomotives are already being used on some railways.
Rector of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) Vladimir Mau pointed out that most of the participants in the discussion spoke only about the positive aspects of using natural gas as engine fuel. These cannot be denied, he said citing a RANEPA research that has shown a positive effect of using natural gas fuel on economic growth and the competitiveness of those using it; it also lowers industrial inflation and atmospheric emissions.
“At the same time, there are several risks associated with the introduction of gas as engine fuel. Firstly, there is the problem of infrastructure: without appropriate infrastructure, it will have an adverse effect on the sector’s development. Secondly, the emergence of the excise component is a serious risk for the sector’s competitiveness. It is also important to avoid monopolization of the market; the natural gas filling network should be developed carefully, considering the competition from oil refueling,” said Vladimir Mau, noting that all these risks can be mitigated, but this will require careful timely action.
RANEPA Rector also took part in the session on national development goals, where the participants discussed the work done on achieving the national development goals set by the May Presidential Executive Order, the implementation of national projects and contributions made to the process by Russian regions and businesses. He pointed out that some of the national projects require further development, because many of the project measurements relate to the implementation process, while we should focus on the result instead.
It is important to remove administrative barriers to ensure deeper involvement of business in the implementation of national projects, Vladimir Mau said. This would not only facilitate their operation, but also raise their confidence in the authorities, especially since trust has become one of the criteria for evaluating regional governors’ work. This can be achieved with the help of simple solutions that need to be implemented before the end of 2019. “We will prepare a special report on national projects implementation in the regions, and will present analytics on all the aspects at the Gaidar Forum,” he added.