Hosted by Russian the Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), Moscow, Russian Federation: The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) history dates back to 1946, starting as a public administration school for civil servants. Now RANEPA is one of the most well-known universities in Russia, a very prestigious business school, and national educational leader in public administration. Its think tank provides top-notch expertise to governmental officials and its regional campuses are spread across 53 Russian regions.

SDSN Russia specializes in research projects relating to decarbonization and alternative and sustainable energy models. The network is seeking to transform first-class scientific research into concrete policy action by analyzing long-term energy demand projections against the global energy model embedded in the SDGs. As a part of this exercise, the network participated in the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP), the SDSN flagship Solutions Initiative, which has been actively defining concrete decarbonization solutions and road maps for the global economy. With global demand for fossil fuels projected to reduce significantly thanks to the Paris Climate Agreement, Russia has paid special attention to diversifying its economy to adapt to this new global framework.
Conclusions drawn from the Russian chapter of the DDPP project, as well as the network’s constant advocacy for alternative energy models, are closely tied into the national discussion around the advantages of the Paris Climate Agreement for Russia.
The SDSN Russia experts participated in a number of projects that aimed at developing the Governmental Strategy for 2035, which is thoroughly linked to promoting the SDGs. Thanks to wide support from different national stakeholders, SDSN Russia finds itself in a valuable position to take its work on the matter of sustainable energy even further. The 2017 edition of the GAIDAR Forum, held in Moscow, made this a priority of discussion. Convened by the network’s host institution, high-level experts discussed SDG achievement in Russia paying special attention to the Paris Climate Agreement.

Coordinator of the Russian branch of SDSN is Ms. Vera Barinova , Ph.D., deputy director of the Center for Economic Modeling of Energy and Ecology of the Institute of Applied Economic Research of the Academy.

Find out more about this network’s activities here.

Experts discuss sustainable development of Russian and world at Gaidar Forum. The panel had high SDSN-representation: Guido Schmidt-Traub, Executive Director of the SDSN; Paul Polman, SDSN LC Member and CEO of Unilever Group of Companies; Tarja Halonen, SDSN Leadership Council Member, former President of Finland (2000-2012), and Co-chair of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability; Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the SDSN and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General of the UN; and Pavel Kabat, SDSN LC Member and Director General and CEO of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria.