Climate Actions

In 2009 Russian Government approved a new Energy Strategy of Russia until 2030. This Strategy considers export of carbon energy resources as a major factor in the development of Russia's economy, as well as calls nuclear technology among the priorities. The document identified the goal of improving energy efficiency and reducing energy intensity, but does not contain any prescriptions to achieve these goals. Strategy does not set the task of transition to low carbon energy in Russia.

In late October, Russian government adopted a new procedure for approving applications for joint implementation projects under Kyoto Protocol. In today's Russia no JI project is approved for implementation, and the applications filed under the former procedure are not approved as well and should be refiled. According to some reports, official acception of the applications may begin in February. RSEU considers, that governmental bureaucratic delays interfere with business to implement the projects, that could provide a reduction of hundreds mln tons of CO2-equivalent in the period from 2008 to 2012.


Head of the Russian Delegation at the UN climate talks in Copenhagen Alexander Bedritsky gave an interview to RIA Novosti. He believes that reduction of greenhouse gas emissions should be implemented regardless of what happens with the climate, because it is necessary for development of new technologies and, ultimately, for economic growth. "If you take excessive burden, it may become an obstacle for economic development. Just do not take such obligations"- he said. According to Russian NGOs, the commitments to limit the emissions by 65% of the 1990 baseline are quite feasible and beneficial for Russia, this opinion being confirmed by expert data.


Recently, in late November Russian Federal Law "On energy saving and improvement of energy efficiency" came into force. To make this law working instrument several additional governmental decrees as well as special federal programs of action should be adopted. RSEU considers that the big disadvantage of this Law is excluding from the draft the important chapter, devoted to the rights of ordinary energy consumers.


On November 13 and 14, the Russian Socio-Ecological Union held in St.Petersburg the conference “Public Participation in Development of National Climate and Energy Policy”. Leading experts on climate change, energy policy, energy efficiency, Kyoto Protocol mechanisms made their presentations at the Conference. The Conference participants discussed the development of the national policy, and the experience and action plans of NGOs on climate and energy.

The Conference participants adopted the Appeal to Russian President and Government. In the Appeal, the immediate necessary measures on formation and implementation of the effective climate policy of Russia are proposed.

Appeal by Russian NGOs


November 12-13 Russian Socio-Ecological Union held in St.Petersburg the international conference “Strengthening NGO Involvement in Climate and Energy Policy-making”. Participants from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine exchanged experience of lobby work for better national climate/energy policy, NGO watch of climate negotiation and promotion of climate friendly energy solutions on national and local level. Participants has approved the Statement of Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian NGOs on UN Climate conference in Copenhagen.

Statement of Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian NGOs


A Governmental Decree authorized Russian Sberbank to conduct competitions for Joint Implementation projects under the Kyoto Protocol. The new procedure makes realization of such projects in Russia more dificult, while they could lead to reduction of 240 million tons of emissions of greenhouse gases.


Фото: РКИК ООНRussian NGOs at the climate negotiations in Barselona demand speeding up the negotiations for a new climate agreement. Earlier this week, Russian prime minister Putin outlined the conditions under which Russia may join this agreement.


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.