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Due to climate change Russia will face weather phenomena never seen before - the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published the first part of the Sixth Assessment Report. According to experts and representatives of public organizations, measures to reduce emissions and adaptation should be taken immediately.

The Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation has sent a new version of the draft Low-Carbon Development Strategy until 2050 for approval by the departments. The implementation of the most likely scenario does not lead to carbon neutrality, and greenhouse gas emissions will increase. Instead of reducing emissions from carbon-intensive industries, it relies on forests to absorb CO2, say public environmental activists.

Long-awaited news for Russian exporters: the European Commission has released a package of proposals on the “Border Carbon Adjustment Mechanism.” NGO activists and experts believe that Russia needs to take systemic measures at the state level and help industries adapt to the transition economy.

A week ago GLOBAL 2000 - Friends of the Earth Austria went to court for climate action in Austria together with Fridays for Future and affected persons (Peter Fliegenschnee, retired person, Monika Jasansky, farmer), after the economic minister rejected the requested regulation. The plaintiffs demand a step-wise ban for selling fossil fuels until 2040.This is an example of the right approach for all countries including Russia to fulfill obligations under Paris agreement.

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Following Sakhalin, the Kaliningrad region volunteered to conduct climate experiments on its territory. In the nearest future, at least seven carbonic landfills and more carbonic farms will appear in Russia. Representatives of public environmental organizations believe that reduction of emissions from energy and industry, sustainable forest management, and protection of natural ecosystems can help the climate in the first place.

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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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