RSEU Position on Climate and Energy

Each year NGOs and scientific experts meet to discuss environmental hot topics at 12th annual conference of Russian Social-Ecological Union. This November 115 people from 29 Russian regions and foreign guests took part in annual conference.

November 1-3, in the suburbs of St. Petersburg Russian Social ecological Union/Friends of the Earth Russia held the conference "Climate and energy. Solutions for the future". Event was attended by 62 representatives of 30 environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from 7 Federal districts of the Russian Federation. International seminar on NGO cooperation within the Civil society Forum EU-Russia "Energy sustainability and climate adaptation of regulated aquatic ecosystems management" and international seminar "Strengthening NGOs in promoting energy efficiency to local communities development and climate protection" happened within the days of conference.

Environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs) consider it necessary to adopt a strong global climate agreement in December 2015, as set out in the documents of the UN Convention on Climate Change. UN climate conference in 2014 in Lima, COP-20, shall make a practical step towards the conclusion of such an agreement.

NGO believe that it is possible Cancun will result in a ‘balanced package’ that will have sufficient progress across each area, a clear work-plan in substantive areas, an overall pathway forward on KP and LCA (to COP-17/CMP7, Durban, and COP18/CMP8), and some modest clarity on legal form.

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20 of July in New-York Russia together with China opposed a Statement of the UN Security Council (http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2011/sc10332.doc.htm) on the security threat of climate change. Russian representative V.Churkin also said that Russia will move to low-carbon economy with attention to nuclear energy.
This confusing position in the concurrent SC debate shed a light on the lack of a clear line on the climate issue in the Russian Government, and nuclear energy threatens the global security,

Nuclear accident in Japan is a world tragedy and a signal to revise plans for development of nuclear energy in Russia and other countries. Events in Fukushima visually confirm the assertions of critics of "peaceful atom" that the danger level of nuclear power is too great to consider it as a reasonable way to generate energy. The Russian Social Ecological Union signed a letter to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev with the proposal to radically revise the policy in the nuclear industry. The letter requests the audit of security measures of operating Russian nuclear power plants and the development of plans for early decommissioning of obsolete nuclear power plants. The letter draws particular attention to feasibility of refusing to build new nuclear power plants and shifting resources to development of renewable energy sources.

October 24-25: the third All-Russian conference of NGOs dedicated to climate and energy issues and public participation was held in Moscow region by Russian Socio-Ecological Union (RSEU). RSEU Climate NGO network gather together with partners annually since 2008. The result of the conference became NGO Proposals for the Action Plan for implementation of the Climate Doctrine and necessary governmental solutions for supporting low-carbon energy.

Сonference program

Adopted on November 11, 2008 at the RSEU Conference on "Public participation in the development of the national politics in the area of climate and energy."

These proposals by Russian Social Ecological Union (RSEU) are caused by the concern about the acceleration and the irreversibility of climatic changes, which may lead to catastrophic impact on the economy and population both in Russia and the whole world, if no necessary measures to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions are taken.

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