Sustaining Economic Expansion
Panel Session
Pavilion F, Conference Hall F3

Many corporations have long proven that sustainable approaches to production and environmental management can strengthen a firm’s brand affinity and also have a positive impact on profits. Many Russian companies are investing heavily to improve the environmental impact of operations, but the dearth of funding to modernize facilities and deploy costly infrastructure, prevailing market volatility, and the need to resolve related social issues all present significant difficulties. What options do companies have for securing the necessary financing to introduce cleaner technologies? What support measures, including tax incentives, should governments adopt and what are some of the best global practices that can serve as a reference?

Maria Morgun , Chief Editor, Live Planet TV; Anchor, Correspondent, Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company

Olivier Adam , Deputy Regional Director, Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Christian Friis Bach , Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), the United Nations (UN)
Elena Bezdenezhnykh , Vice President, State Secretary, GR, Norilsk Nickel
Victor Vekselberg , Chairman of the Board of Directors, Renova Group; President, Skolkovo Foundation
Sergey Donskoy , Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation
Sergey Ivanov , Senior Vice President, Sberbank
Elena Lazko , Partner, Head of Green Agenda Programme, Deloitte
Jean-Pascal Tricoire , Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Schneider Electric
Denis Khramov , Deputy Chairman of the Management Board, NOVATEK

Pavel Kabat , Director General, Chief Executive Officer, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Christian Kaufmann , Finance Vice-President in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Unilever
Evgeny Shvarts , Director of Conservation Policy, World Wildlife Fund - Russia


Key moments

Russia takes a special place in the world. Not only does it possess huge mineral, timber and water resources, but also a great margin of ecosystem endurance.
Sergei Donskoy
The market for environmentally clean food products has tremendous potential.
Sergei Ivanov
Today the world is definitely moving towards alternative energy sources.
Victor Vekselberg
It is important to realize that it has been more innovation in the field of energy in the past 10 years than in the previous years.
Jean-Pascal Tricoire