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The Sakhalin Oblast plans to become a pilot region where work will be carried out to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the framework of the Paris Agreement. Representatives of public environmental organizations welcome this initiative and believe that the development and implementation of regional and municipal climate plans should be supported at the national level.

While high-ranking representatives of the oil industry claim that the oil renaissance is not far off, the international oil and gas corporation Britis Petroleum (BP) with its new report actually puts a cross on the “black gold.” Members of public environmental organization believe that the current situation in the energy markets is a signal for reorienting the Russian economy.

The announcement of the European Commission on the preparation of a “borderline carbon corrective mechanism” triggered a heated discussion of the Russian law on the internal carbon regulation. In their suggestions, representatives of the Russian Social and Ecological Union have repeatedly emphasized the need to adopt legislation regulating emissions.

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The Ministry of Economic Development has sent to the executive authorities for approval the draft updated plan of measures to improve energy efficiency of the Russian economy. Practical actions and financing are of crucial importance in this matter, are sure representatives of the Russian Social and Ecological Union.

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The Vnesheconombank Development Institute (VEB.RF) has published the first version of guidelines on green finance. Representatives of the Russian Social and Ecological Union believe that the country’s development trend should be not only the development of a climate-friendly “green” image of individual campaigns, but also the “greening” of the entire economy and spheres of life of Russia.

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The International Energy Agency (IEA), together with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), proposed a sustainable recovery plan to world governments. There will be no better time to move the economy into a green direction, experts say. Representatives of the Russian Socio-Ecological Union,  who’ve launched an initiative to collect proposals for a green recovery from the crisis, agree with them.

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450The World Economic Forum has initiated a major economic reset. Authoritative economists are confident that development in the pre-crisis format "as usual" will only exacerbate existing problems, and humanity has one promising way - to develop in a carbon-free, sustainable and fair manner

The Government of Russia approved an updated version of the Energy Strategy until 2035. Representatives of public environmental organizations believe that the document lags behind the new world reality: it lacks sustainability and real mechanisms to stimulate low-carbon development.

Analysts at the World Economic Forum (WEF), together with Mckinsey&Company, prepared the Energy Transition Index (ETI) 2020, a ranking of states’ power production readiness for the transition to renewable energy. Russia, ranked the 70th last year, now dropped down to the 80th line, although the document attributed it as a “potentially promising” country.

On World Environmental Day (June 5), the Russian Social-Ecological Union (RSEU) reporting of ongoing attacks on environmental defenders. Over the 5 months of 2020, 63 new episodes were recorded in relation to more than 170 eco-activists, groups and NGOs in 20 regions of Russia at 32 environmental struggles. RSEU has been monitoring persecution of environmentalists since 2012 and demands solving environmental problems and protecting eco-activists.

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