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Global leaders in Russia meet on energy efficiency, sustainable environment

This world location news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Key players from the oil and petrochemicals industry were invited to address the impact of developing and processing of carbon fossil fuels.

Among them were Russian and international, including BP, Shell, Rosneft, LUKOIL, Gazpromneft, SIBUR and Shlumberger.The meeting at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Moscow heard from the multi-disciplinary team from London’s Imperial College about industry applications of their highly-rated heat exchange research project.

Hosted by Barbara Habberjam, the Embassy’s Minister Counsellor, Economic and Trade & Investment, it marked the first year of UNIHEAT – a £9.3 m UK-Russia research-industry consortium led by the Imperial College and Boreskov Institute of Catalysis with support from UK’s BP and Russia’s Skolkovo Foundation. Focusing on making oil refining in Russia more efficient and environmentally sustainable, UNIHEAT boasts a unique industrial engagement programme - whereby knowledge transfer activities are run in parallel to research.

Partnership through UNIHEAT with Russia’s Skolkovo Foundation, which takes forward the country’s most ambitious modernisation agenda, offers an important grounding for a continuing dialogue between UK and Russia on innovation, technology, green energy and environment. With one of the world’s most renowned research hubs such as the UK’s Imperial now opening an office in Moscow, this dialogue is taken an important step further.

Professor Sandro Macchietto, Imperial College London