24 May, 2021

Nowadays, neither manufacturers nor governments can ignore the pressing nature of environmental issues. The following trends have come to the fore: Tougher international and national laws on natural resource use and management (the most recent being the EU carbon border tax). Increased spending by governments and businesses on protecting the environment; renewed interest in green technologies; design and implementation of new initiatives aimed at reducing human impact on the environment, and the search for new, more cost-effective and feasible solutions in this sphere (at the same time, new opportunities are, of course, being created for innovators in the IT sector) Rapid growth of new markets for disposal and management of waste, emissions and pollutants. Updated requirements aimed at ensuring information about the state of environment is trustworthy, current, complete and easily accessible. Tools and techniques used in environmental monitoring nowadays do not meet our present-day needs. Quickly-generated and accurate information about the state of the environment is required for a more comprehensive next-level assessment of the damage to it. Nowadays, it is not enough to simply evaluate the extent of compliance with TLVs (threshold limit values) and emission standards. There is a need for accurate and scientifically proven means of calculating the carbon footprint of manufacturing facilities and of forecasting the impact of their current and future activities. It is high time that environment monitoring tools and techniques and their related technologies were systematically updated so that the state of the environment in supercities and other parts of Russia as well as near ecologically hazardous sites and facilities could be monitored effectively and on a large scale. It is also essential to ensure legislation meets the needs of our times. Making sure that the environment-related information is easily accessible to market stakeholders is another challenge. Hence, there is a current need for a quick and wide-scale implementation of IT systems that will provide: Objective means of collecting, recording and processing information as well as generating natural resource use and management data and performing relevant calculations (in relation to, for instance, the carbon border tax, green certificates, etc.). Comprehensive data for conducting scientific research and forecasting the impact on the environment of large investment projects. A transparent basis for creating government regulatory and public oversight processes. We believe that one agency or one company cannot achieve these aims single-handedly, it is essential that scientific institutions, innovative (including IT) companies, regulatory bodies and regional governments join forces. Unique opportunities offered by Skolkovo’s innovation ecosystem can facilitate most effective forms of collaboration, and we invite all those who are interested to join these efforts.