Russia can maintain its leadership in energy supplies thanks to the export of hydrogen supplies. This was stated at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) by the President’s Special Representative for Sustainable Development Anatoly Chubais.

“Russia is capable of setting the task of maintaining its status as a great energy power by replacing the export of hydrocarbons with the export of hydrogen,” said Mr Chubais. According to him, plans for the implementation of projects related to the export of hydrogen are geopolitically comparable to what Russia is doing today in the framework of projects on hydrocarbons.

Mr. Chubais is convinced that through the implementation of such proposals, the Russian Federation can help the EU countries fulfill their obligations to reduce CO2 emissions.

In October 2020, the Russian government approved an action plan for the development of hydrogen energy until 2024. As part of the implementation of the plan, the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Natural Resources were instructed to develop a concept for the development of hydrogen energy in the first quarter of 2021 and prepare proposals to stimulate the development of hydrogen technologies. In the second quarter of 2021, it is necessary to develop ways to stimulate the export and domestic demand of energetic hydrogen, to formulate proposals for the introduction of hydrogen in production and transport.

For more details on Russia’s attempts to enter a new market, see the article “Hydrogen at the Gates” by Kommersant.