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The international community marked Russia’s climate activism with a publication on the website of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Shortly before that, the President of Russia adopted a new decree on science and technology policy in the field of climate change. Representatives of public environmental organizations believe that Russia should take responsibility for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and support the development of non-resource sectors of the economy.

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A draft law establishing a maximum recycling rate of 100% for manufacturers has been submitted to the State Duma.  Representatives of public environmental organizations believe that sustainable waste management requires state support for waste prevention infrastructure and the recycling industry.

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The Center for Strategic Research in cooperation with the analytical center of the Fuel and Energy Complex of the Russian Energy Agency of the Ministry of Energy prepared a report on why Russia needs a climate policy. Russia needs to move to active measures of climate policy and support the competitiveness of the Russian economy - these are the conclusions reached by experts of official research centers and this is what has been repeatedly stated by representatives of public environmental organizations.

Recently, Russian climate policy has noticeably revived. Only this is caused not by an awareness of the depth of the problems, but by the upcoming changes in international carbon regulation. Russia needs to seriously reconsider its readiness to the new environmental agenda - experts and civil society representatives believe.

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Until Russia introduces a carbon tax, domestic companies will have to pay taxes to other countries, Presidential Special Representative Anatoly Chubais warned at the Gaidar Forum. Representatives of public environmental organizations are confident that measures to reduce the carbon intensity of domestic products will have a positive effect on the Russian economy.

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The pandemic made it impossible to conduct international climate negotiations. Instead of the annual UN summit, virtual climate dialogues have become a place for discussing plans. Activists of the Russian Social Ecological Union believe that nevertheless the Parties to the Paris Agreement should not postpone emission reductions for the future, and should start to act now.

 

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Russia is able to switch to a carbon-free economy: the International Petroleum Corporation (BP) has presented energy development forecasts for specific countries (Country Insight). Activists from public environmental organizations believe that the “green course” for Russia is quite realistic.

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The reactor pressure vessel damaged during lifting operations at Ostravets-1 in Belarus has passed Rosatom’s safety inspection and may be used at the Novovoronezh II or Leningrad II plants in Russia, or the Akkuyu plant in Turkey, raising potential safety concerns, Andrey Ozharovsky, a specialist at Russian environmental non-governmental organization the Nuclear Waste Safety Program said in an email Nov. 30.

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The Sakhalin Oblast plans to become a pilot region where work will be carried out to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the framework of the Paris Agreement. Representatives of public environmental organizations welcome this initiative and believe that the development and implementation of regional and municipal climate plans should be supported at the national level.

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While high-ranking representatives of the oil industry claim that the oil renaissance is not far off, the international oil and gas corporation British Petroleum (BP) with its new report actually puts the cross on the “black gold.” Members of public environmental organizations believe that the current situation in the energy markets is a signal for reorienting the Russian economy.

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