Draft Long-term Strategy for Low-Carbon Russian Federation by 2050 sent to Government for approval
The Ministry of Economic Development of Russian Federation submitted to the government a draft strategy for low-carbon development of Russia until 2050. The target scenario of the strategy foresees the country’s achieving carbon neutrality by 2060.
Commenting on the upcoming COP26 in Glasgow, Minister Reschetnikov noted that “we are making every effort to achieve the goal of neutrality by 2060, we are making a number of essential conditions and proceeding from a number of preconditions. First, we proceed from the fact that the so-called principle of technological neutrality will be recognized at the international level. In other words, if a technology for generating electricity does not imply CO2 emissions, it should be recognized as low-carbon, green and should be taken into account in all calculations. for nuclear energy, it is important for hydropower plants”, the minister said. “The second block of questions is the parameters of forest-climatic projects, because northern forests and conditionally forests near the equators grow in different ways, capture CO2 in different ways, and offset periods are very important for us – northern forests have a longer payback period,” he said. “And, of course, in the long term, we consider it extremely important to reach mutual recognition of carbon units, insofar as this will allow the implementation of climate projects. are visible, that is, countries are trying to build isolated systems, we proceed from the assumption that building such systems is not climate issues, this is not the implementation of the Paris Agreement, it is simply the use of this agenda in order to protect their economies through essentially new trade barriers under type of climate “, – said the Head of the Ministry of Economic Development.