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.

On November 13 and 14, the Russian Socio-Ecological Union holds in St.Petersburg the conference “Public Participation in Development of National Climate and Energy Policy”. The goals of the conference include:

  • joining NGOs involved in climate and energy issues;
  • working out the RSEU Position on climate and energy towards Copenhagen summit in December 2009;
  • preparing RSEU Action Plan on involving NGOs and enhancing efficiency of their activities n climate and energy issues after the Copenhagen summit.

Programm of conference

Alexander Fedorov

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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.

On 12 October, the First Channel of the Russian TV has shown a ‘documentary’, which denied connection between global warming and human activities, gave ignorant arguments and misrepresentations of the Kyoto Protocol, and climate research results.

The RSEU Climate Secretariat states that propaganda of inaction in the sphere of adaptation to climate change and cuts of GHG emissions is harmful both for Russia and for the whole world. The RSEU is sure that transition to high-tech energy-efficient technologies will contribute not only in cuts of GHG emissions, but in reaching competitiveness of the Russian economy.


The President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev admitted that the situation with the energy efficiency really is alarming. The energy intensiveness of Russia’s GDP is way above that of developed countries. Energy losses in the country’s heating system come to more than 50 percent. (http://eng.kremlin.ru/speeches/2009/09/30/1951_type82913_221945.shtml )
The Russian Socio-Ecological Union expresses its regret that today the statements of the reserves in energy efficiency and energy saving do not come along with Russia’s commitments on reduction of GHG emissions, which, with consideration for the statement of the President, could exceed 40 % of the 1990 level.


On 26 September, the Climate Secretariat of the Russian Socio-Ecological Union and Friends of the Baltic NGO held the Day of Public Consultations on Climate Change in St.Petersburg, Russia. During the day, a hundred of people of different ages, occupations, social status and education level expressed their opinions on the issues of the climate change, the international climate negotiations, and voiced out their recommendations on these issues to politicians.(http://results.wwviews.org/new2/?cid=blank&gid=1631&ccid=blank&cgid=blank&question=blank&rec=0)
The citizens’ recommendations that Russia, along with other countries, must take commitments on cuts of GHG emissions and on contributions in international measures for climate change adaptation will be delivered to the official delegation of the Russian Federation at the international climate negotiations.


On September 10, the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has published an article about national strategic tasks (http://www.kremlin.ru/transcripts/5413). In it, among five strategic vectors of economic modernization, he named securing the leading role of Russia in efficiency of energy production, transportation and consumption, development and putting to the international market new types of fuel, and development of nuclear technologies.
Russian NGOs are sure that Russia must abandon nuclear energy and set a goal to reduce risks of negative impact of technogenic climate change as a priority. Now Russian policy shows no practical steps towards efficient low-carbon energy sector.