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TsAGI discusses with European partners cooperation possibilities in the framework of the Green Deal Call

23 September 2020

How to resist global environmental deterioration? What will make the economies of Russia and the EU countries more resource-saving and more competitive? What measures should the Russian and European representatives take to avoid negative consequences of further climate change?

These and other topical issues, which are in the focus of attention of the Russian and European communities, were discussed at the webinar “Priorities of Russia and the EU in the field of climate change research and related innovations.”

The main objective of the event was to discuss possible forms of cooperation within the framework of the Green Deal Call of Horizon 2020 Framework Program, which covers 11 areas. These include elevated targets for the struggle against climate change, preventing wildfires and combating their impact, creating climate-neutral and socially innovative cities, environmentally sustainable and “smart” mobility, “green” airports, etc.

Sofia Bluger, Director for International Cooperation of TsAGI, representative of the National Contact Point (NCP) for Russia-EU cooperation in aeronautics, made a report devoted to promising areas of partnership between Russia and the European Union in improving the environment and using the achievements of aviation science to combat the causes of already existing problems of climate change.

The Russian scientific and technical aviation community presented a number of proposals aimed at improving flight safety, reducing aircraft emissions and environmental impact, increasing the mobility and efficiency of firefighting aircraft or helicopters, using technologies for early detection and monitoring of fire-prone areas, etc.

“The new ’green’ initiative should draw the attention of the international community to the negative dynamics of environmental problems and their consequences, as well as it would serve as an impetus for active joint activities and projects. Successful experience and expertise of national contact points for the integration of the Russian scientific community into the European research area with relevant state support can serve as a tool for the implementation of such initiatives between Russia and the EU,” said Sophia Bluger.

The EU Ambassador, Head of the EU delegation to the Russian Federation Markus Ederer; Deputy Director General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission Patrick Child; special representative of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation for International Cooperation Grigory Trubnikov; Deputy Governor of the Tomsk Region Lyudmila Ogorodova; Vice Governor of St. Petersburg Vladimir Knyaginin; Independent Director of PJSC Norilsk Nickel Evgeny Shvarts and others participated in the discussion. A member of the Board of the Association of European Businesses (AEB), Chairman of the AEB Working Group on Modernization and Innovation Mikhail Akim and Head of the Science and Technology Department of the Representative Office EU in the Russian Federation Laurent Bochereau moderated the discussion.

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