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Climate Actions

Every year, Russian non-governmental organizations, public associations and experts jointly prepare a Statement for the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties. The document contains both criticism and proposals for climate action and is addressed to the parties to the Paris Agreement, the participating countries of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties. The second part of the Statement is addressed directly to the leadership of the Russian Federation. The statement was supported by more than 20 Russian non-governmental organizations.

Russia’s climate efforts are “insufficient” to prevent a global catastrophe - the authors of the Climate Change Efficiency Index ranking wrote. About 60 countries of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions do not take the measures necessary to prevent the climate crisis. Russia’s plans do not meet the goals of the Paris Agreement to reduce emissions by 2030 by 50% from 1990 and do not promise to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

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Scientists warn that there is less and less time left to keep the world from climate catastrophe. The UN Environment Program (UNEP) has released two reports at once on the difference between what is happening in reality and the vital need of mankind. Russia Shows Unpreparedness to Abandon Fossil Fuels and the Green Energy Transition.

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The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change ended on Saturday, November 13. Negotiations were held in Glasgow, Scotland, and lasted longer than expected. The schedule of November 12 did not end the negotiations as originally planned. But thanks to a compromise that not everyone was happy with, the convention parties came to an agreement on the main points.

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The first week of the UN international climate talks in Glasgow began with the World Leaders Summit, which brought together more than 120 heads of state — a record number since the Paris conference in 2015. 

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At the UN Climate Change Conference 2021 (COP26), discussions will mainly focus on the rules for carbon markets in accordance with Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. Carbon markets are heavily criticised by many experts and civil society organisations.

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The authors of the “Ranking of openness of regions to the Green Course” found out which of the regions of Russia are in tune with the green, and which stand aside or choose false solutions. Successful implementation of the right low-carbon measures can be a driver of positive change, believe civil society representatives.

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Many countries, municipalities and companies have announced their plans to achieve carbon net zero by this or that year. These plans raise many questions and are criticised for the widespread use of carbon offset trading.

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Russia turned out to be one of the anti-leaders in the Climate Action Tracker ranking. Experts assessed Russia’s current climate policy as “extremely insufficient.” According to experts and representatives of public organizations, the country needs to set a date to achieve carbon neutrality and make ambitious short-term goals.

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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.

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