On July 2017, about 50 students and experts from Russia, Norway, Indonesia and Uzbekistan gathered in a small village Zehnovo, which lies in the hearth of the Kenozero National Park (Arkhangelsk region, Russia), for the climate summer school “About 100 percent of renewable energy”. The event was organized by Arkhangelsk youth organisation ETAS, together with Climate Action Network International and other partners.

Tatiana Lanshina, Network Coordinator for SDSN Youth in Russia, gave four lectures on SDGs and sustainable development, as well as on the economics of renewable energy (Goal 7). She paid special attention to the role of youth in the localization and implementation of SDGs and invited students to participate in the #KnowYourGoals campaign. She stressed that though at first sight it may seem that many SDGs have little relation to the economic and social situation in Russia, one should take into account that sustainable development goals are a universal call to action applying to all countries, and each country should adapt them to its conditions and build its policies and programmes around them.

As to renewable energy, Tatiana noted that recent years have seen a dramatic progress in legislative and practical solutions in this sphere in Russia. Still, compared to many other countries, Russian's renewable energy sector remains at the low start. First and foremost, it lacks initiative at the regional level, ambitious plans and goals, as well as additional instruments of government support for the implementation of these goals.

A part of the climate summer school activities was the installation of solar panels at the roof of a guest house in the village Zehnovo. This was the first step towards supplying Zehnovo with 100 percent of renewable energy. Many SDGs have a direct or implied relation to climate change and renewable energy, which was especially important within the thematic focus of the summer school.

 
 

Tatiana Lanshina is a Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Modelling of Energy and Ecology in the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), Moscow. She is also a Network Coordinator for SDSN Youth in Russia. Her research is mainly focused on the economics of renewable energy and on the transition to sustainable energy solutions. Tatiana Lanhina is the author of more than 50 articles in scientific journals and media.