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The President of Russia signed a law that abolishes mandatory energy audits, but at the same time obliges organizations to reduce the use of energy resources. In the opinion of the environmental community, reserves for the improvement of energy efficiency of buildings and organizations’ energy efficient management are enormous and have not been realized yet.

According to the forecast of the International Energy Association (IEA), the world annual biofuel production will reach 150 million tons of oil energy equivalent by 2030. Proponents of bioenergy argue that there is no better alternative to oil. Representatives of civil society and experts warn against certain negative consequences of obtaining and using biofuel.

On March 23-24 Arkhangelsk hosted an international civil forum "2b sustainable. Climate and energy. " The forum became the first platform in Arkhangelsk for climate-related discussions, with the main focus on the possibilities of developing renewable energy sources to address climate change issues in the region. The expert of the Russian Socio-Ecological Union presented the topic of climate actions in and by the regions and discussed the need to create climate plans for Arkhangelsk, the region, small settlements, as well as for schools, industrial enterprises and various public institutions.
 

Taxation of power consumption and energy resources is one of the efficient measures for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; however, the present level of taxation does not correspond to the real costs of liquidating losses caused by climate changes, authors of the report issued by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) believe.

Up to the present time, decisions on whom to and how preferences for energy saving would be extended was decided at the federal level. Since the beginning of this year, control on the tax privileges for energy efficient objects is delegated to the regions. What should we expect from this sort of changes?  

“Russian companies should take the key positions in those industries and those markets which will outline the character of economy and people’s life style for the next two or three decades,” authors of the State Report ‘On the Status and Protection of the Environment in the Russian Federation in 2016’: Climate Change” believe.”.

Renewable power generation is steadily replacing coal. The International Energy Agency (IEA) presented its regular forecast of global energy production: the World Energy Outlook-2017 (WEO). Experts barely keep pace with the rapidly changing development trends.

On January 12, RSEU Climate Secretariat held a webinar for all those interested in climate action in Russia's regions. It focused on why climate plans are needed, what tasks they are able to solve, and how NGOs can help in the preparation and implementation of such plans.

Russia is one of the few countries which still have not ratified the Paris Agreement. Discussion on its aspects is currently taking place in Bonn (Germany) at the UN Climatic Conference. On the eve of the summit, the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) research group placed Russia into the list of countries with “catastrophically inadequate climate policy.”

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