Copenhagen Climat Conference 10.12.2009

Participants of the UN climate conference in Copenhagen are very interested, whether Russia will make a “present” to the rest of the world, not transferring hot-air quotas to the post-Kyoto period

An unnamed representative of the official Russian delegation at the talks in Copenhagen said that Moscow will not raise the issue of transferring unused quotas to the time period of the next agreement. “This will be our environmental present to the world” he said..

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The world summit on climate change opens on 7 December in Copenhagen. Preparations for this conference lasted for years, but recently its results became indefinite. The RSEU opposes the proposals to make a legally non-binding political declaration the sole result of the summit. The RSEU position is expressed in the Statement of non-governmental organisations from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine on the forthcoming summit. RSEU members will take part in the conference as public observers and will express their position to the public and media during the negotiations.

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The British Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) published a study, saying that if temperatures continued to increase at the present rate, by 2100 the sea level would rise by up to 1.4 metres — twice that predicted two years ago.


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.


Russia's state TV makes a hasty conclusion that "in recent years, the temperature on Earth has not increased" and "global warming is actually a hoax."

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A new study has been published on possible negative consequences of climate change on the forests of Russia, Northern America and Scandinavia. According to Russian NGOs, protection of boreal forests should become one of prioritires of the international climate agreements.


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.