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The “waste reform” has been a resonance topic for several months. “The reform should result not with tariff increase but a real solution to the problem of uncontrolled waste generation,” say representatives of environmental NGOs.

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Representatives of the Russian Association of Wind Industry (RAWI) appealed to the RF Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev with a request to extend the period of state support for renewable energy sources. “Russia should not stay ‘fossil’,” wrote wind power advocates. Representatives of public environmental organizations agree with them. 

“The world develops towards the clean energy propelled by technology and not resources.” The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) published a report on the upcoming revisions of the geopolitical world map. Representatives of public organizations also believe that decarbonization is the most promising way for the development of national economies striving for the “secure” sustainable future.

Arctic is a highly discussed region now. For example, the Arctic is mentioned when discussion goes about climate change and melting of Arctic ice, new oil and gas fields, or the Arctic Council, which represents the interests of the peoples of the Arctic and the Arctic countries. In this report, we want to present you the Arctic strategy, developed by the Russian Federation and how it may impact the environment and people.

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The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published the Energy Efficiency 2018 report, in which experts named the energy efficiency “the cornerstone” of a reliable and environmental sustainable global power system.  Conclusions of international analysts may become the guideline to follow for many countries, Russia being one of them, focused at economical growth, representatives of public environmental organizations believe.

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Any resident of Russia can now become a producer of renewable energy. The Governmental Commission for legislative drafting activities approved the bill on micro generation.  

Both business and individual homeowners in Finland are increasingly turning to alternative energy sources. Experts from the Friends of the Baltic NGO and Ecocentrum environmental organization got acquainted with this experience, visiting Jouko Peltonen yhtiöt chicken farm and Biolan Oy in Finland. These two organizations are an example of environmentally balanced cooperation and the efficient use of energy and bioresources.

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The importance of the Arctic has not been adequately assessed in the state’s strategic plans. Authors of the “Polar Index” rating came to this conclusion. “Besides the administrative ‘cover,’ the programs should fix the principles of further exploration of the Russian North.”

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“The progress in climate negotiations is obvious, but several essential issues would not allow to reach a consensus.” An extraordinary session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), at which the rules for the Paris Agreement were to be prepared, took place in Bangkok (Thailand).

Russia’s positions in the international rating of energy efficiency of the major world states composed by the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy (АСЕЕЕ) dropped down. At that, both experts and public environmental activists are sure that energy efficiency might become the core element of modernization and decarbonization of the country’s economy.

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