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Evolution Of Russian Climate Policy From The Kyoto Protocol To The Paris Agreement

Russia`s ratification of the Paris Agreement in 2019 was followed in early 2020 by the publication of its draft long-term climate strategy. This strategy includes emissions forecasts for 2050 that, even in the most ambitious scenario, predict a level of greenhouse gas emissions at about the current level. It is more than likely that Russia will achieve both its current goal of the Paris Agreement and its proposed new 2030 target under current policy. A first step in contributing to the paris agreement`s objectives would be to reassess its proposed 2030 target and present an effective emissions reduction target beyond the current political scenario. This would not only be more credible from an international perspective, but would also help to reconcile national political developments with the long-term emission reductions needed to avoid dangerous levels of climate change that pose high risks to the national economy. Russia has generally made little progress in implementing the fight against climate change. The 2035 energy strategy, long delayed by the government, recently adopted, aims to support and develop the fossil fuel industry, largely ignoring renewable energies: indeed, the Russian Ministry of Energy has explicitly called the promotion of renewable energies a direct threat to the planned development of fossil fuels. The outcome of the talks, which came into force eight years later, was the Kyoto Protocol: the first binding treaty under international law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and an important step in international climate policy. He set the tone for everything that followed, said Saleemul Huq, director of the International Center for Climate Change and Development. For renewable energy, the contract is a “Game Changer,” said Karsten Neuhoff, director of climate policy at the German Institute for Economic Research.

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