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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.

Full text of independent study by McKinsey & Company has been published. This report deals with Russia's potential to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and save energy. It confirms RSEU position, that Russiacan keep GHG emission 65% of the 1990 level to 2020,and has a capacity for further GHG reduction.

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On January 14, 2010, public organisations - the Partnership for Development Association, Centre for Promotion of Environmental Initiatives, and Bird Conservation Union of Russia - held in Saratov a roundtable "Global climate change: a regional perspective." Its participants recognised the need to develop a system of adaptation to the adverse effects of climate change in the region.


A popular radio host and science fiction writer Yulia Latynina, followed former presidential adviser Andrei Illarionov in declaring climate change “a global fraud".

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The outcome of the UN Climate Conference, held in Copenhagen from 7 to 19 December, was "Copenhagen Accord", a non-binding document that disappointed all those who hoped to prevent catastrophic climate change impacts in the future. The Russian Socio-Ecological Union believes that the conference results do not meet the global challenge of reducing anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases and adaptation to the impacts of climate change.


17th of December at the Bella Center remained about 300 observers from the 16 thousand registered earlier. 18th of December the Secretariat has promised to admit about the same number of public observers, but anyway NGOs has no access to the plenary sessions

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On December 15, the High (ministerial) segment of the climate negotiations in Copenhagen started. There are almost no chances of reaching a legally binding agreement. This morning, the President of the Conference Connie Hedegaard, the Danish Minister for Environment and Energy, resigned from both positions. Last night, a representative of the Russian delegation mentioned nuclear energy as a tool to combat climate change. Today, public organizations are limited in access to the building of the conference.

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On 17 December President Medvedev signed a Climate Doctrine for Russia - even as prospects for a political agreement at the climate summit in Copenhagen fade. The Doctrine is a strategy document, which sets out Russia’s steps to use less power to create the same economic benefits. The signing of the Doctrine was timed to Medvedev’s visit to Copenhagen. Unfortunately, the eight months that passed since the Russian Government approved the Doctrine) were irretrievably lost for its application in Russia - the world¹s third CO2 emitter.


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The Russian Socio-Ecological Union believes that boreal forests must be reflected in the climate agreement along with tropical forests, and they should be given considerable attention, as the largest natural carbon sinks. This was the opinion of participants in the debate, which took place on 14 December Klimaforum - parallel floor of the international climate conference in Copenhagen.