Climate Actions


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.


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 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. ( )
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 September 10, the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has published an article about national strategic tasks ( 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.

Not a single Joint Implementation Project (JIP) has started in Russia yet, though this country joined the Kyoto Protocol almost five years ago, and a year and a half of its commitment period (2008-2012) has passed already. In May 2007, the Russian Government adopted the decree on the order of joint implementation of projects according to Article 6 of the Kyoto Protocol on the territory of Russia. This arose a wave of JIP proposals, which could enable to cut GHG emissions by hundreds of millions tons of CO2 equivalent during the period from 2008 to 2012. But none of these projects have been started yet.

August 18th, 2009: At the negotiations now taking place in Bonn Russia repeated the statement concerning the planned emissions reduction by 10-15% until 2020 compared to the 1990 level. Current emissions are 33 to 34% lower than those of 1990, thus the so-called “reduction” of 10 to 15% from the same level actually means the overall increase of emissions.

Another number voiced out was “30 billion tons of СО2 equivalent” total emission reduction during 30 years starting from 1990. Translated, that means that in the period from 2013 to 2020 the average emissions level will be 21% lower than that of 1990. But the number of 30 billion tons may only be achieved in case the reduction of at least 15% takes place.

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