The world public and the media continue to discuss the scandalous statement of experts of the International Energy Agency (IEA), which proposed to stop financing new projects related to the exploration and development of hydrocarbon deposits. Most analysts believe that this will not lead to an acceleration of the energy transition and reduction of human impact on nature, but only to a shortage of resources, an increase in their cost, and, as a consequence, a decline in the quality of life in developing countries. The result of this state of affairs will be an increased role of “dirty”, but cheaper technologies for power generation.
Is it possible to predict the future of global energy? Are oil and gas really a dead horse that needs to be abandoned immediately? What will result from the colossal expenditures of some states on the construction of wind turbines and solar panels: a reduction in the technological impact on ecosystems or a sharp increase in the price of electricity and heat? These and other questions were raised during an act lecture by Konstantin Simonov, Russian political scientist and director of the National Energy Security Fund. It was held at St. Petersburg Mining University, at the closing ceremony of the International Contest of Young Scientists “Topical Issues of Subsoil Use.”.
The leitmotif of almost all debates on the introduction of environmentally friendly methods of extraction, processing, and use of raw materials is the discussion of technologies not even of tomorrow, but of the day after tomorrow. At the same time, insufficient attention is paid to the innovations that are available right now. Such a conclusion was made by the experts who took part in the panel discussion “Environment and technical progress: balance of interests.” It was held at St. Petersburg Mining University as part of the forum contest for young scientists “Topical Issues of Subsoil Use.” The conference brought together over a thousand students, postgraduate students, and experts from 48 countries.
An international conference “Cybersecurity and problems of combating new types of cybercrime” took place at Mining University. The forum brought together information security specialists, heads of law enforcement agencies from Russia, Germany, and Israel, teachers of the largest Russian technical universities, lawyers, and specialists of the banking sector.
More than a thousand graduate and postgraduate students from flagship Russian and foreign technical universities participated in it. They will present the results of their scientific research related to increasing the efficiency of mining and energy companies as well as reducing the anthropogenic impact on ecosystems.
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In 1918, the Soviet government relocated from Petrograd to Moscow. Subsequently, some of the Mining Museum's most valuable objects were transferred to the Diamond Fund, which did not, however, stop the natural-scientific repository from replenishing its collections. By early 1941, the Museum had accumulated 130,014 exhibits, of which 25,540 were on display - samples of minerals, rocks and fossils, models and prototypes of mining and metallurgical equipment. The Mining Museum was highly popular at the time, by no means inferior to the Hermitage or Tsarskoye Selo. It offered guided tours, which were given every day, and arranged new exhibitions.
In 2019, the EU decided on a new economic development strategy that aims to achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century. This means that the demand for coal, oil, and gas from European countries will be reduced to zero in less than 30 years. Is this possible in principle? And how will Brussels’ plans transform the Old World’s partnership with our country? After all, for the most part, we export hydrocarbons and refined products there.
On the eve of Victory Day, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the oldest technical university in Russia. Wreaths and flowers were laid at the foot of the memorial to the students and professors who died during the Great Patriotic War.
Politicians, scientists, and business representatives from our country and Germany, who spoke at the opening ceremony, spoke in favor of the development of partnership, despite the U.S. sanctions.
The scientific team, created in February 2021 on the basis of the Department of Geology and Exploration of Mineral Deposits and the Mining Museum, returned from its first field trip to the Putilovsky open pit.