NGOs send a letter to the President of Russia on position in negotiations in Copenhagen


On October 24, the International Day of Climate Action, Russian Socio-Ecological Union, WWF (Moscow), Greenpeace Russia and several other NGOs appealed to President Dmitry Medvedev with a letter in which they made suggestions on position of the Russian Federation to the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention in Copenhagen.

Respected Dmitry Anatolyevich!

Knowing your active role in matters related to the energy efficiency of Russian economy and reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, we ask you to pay close attention to Russia's participation in the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, held in Copenhagen from 7 to 18 December 2009.
Participation in the Conference of Heads of key states will create preconditions for effective decision-making summit, aimed at innovative development that is necessary for Russia. We are confident that your participation will allow Russia to take the leading role during preparation of the summit and the negotiations themselves.
In this regard, we ask that you personally take part in the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention in Copenhagen.
In the Russian position we ask you to:

  • Ensure that the level of greenhouse gas emissions in Russia by 2020 did not exceed 65% of 1990 levels (in the pre-crisis 2007, greenhouse gas emissions in Russia accounted for only 60% of 1990 levels, taking into account absorption of CO2 by forests);
  • Adhere to your statement on Russia's contribution to global emissions reductions of at least 30 billion tons of CO2-equivalent during 1990 - 2020. We hope that Russia will voluntarily give this reduction to the world;
  • Identify targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and 2040, including the parameters for the energy intensity of the economy and development of renewable energy sources, to ensure that Russia reaches the strategic goal of all developed countries: to reduce by 2050 the greenhouse gas emissions by 80% of the 1990 level.

In addition, we believe that Russia should take an active part in the organization and operation of new financial institutions to deal with climate goals: reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to the changes, which can not be prevented. Every effort should be made to ensure that developed countries provide funding for adaptation to climate change and cutting greenhouse emissions in developing countries by 2020 of at least $ 160 billion a year.
It is imperative that Russia has Climatic doctrine by the Conference in Copenhagen, and the Action Plan stipulated by it (the draft Doctrine was ready in the spring of 2009 and is supposed to be the basic document of the climate policy of Russia).
We ask you to consider our proposals and take appropriate action.
Sincerely yours,
I,E. Chestin, Director of the World Wildlife Fund
I.P. Blokov, Director of Greenpeace Russia
O.N. Senova, Chairperson of the Friends of the Baltic
A.V. Fedorov, Co-Chairman of the Russian Socio-Ecological Union