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Russia strengthens climate targets

Today, Russia has announced it will increase their climate goals for 2020. The current goals are at 10-15 percent below 1990-levels, but at today’s EU summit Russia announced new targets of 25 percent below 1990-levels.

- Russia’s new climate goal is a step in the right direction. A 25 percent reduction will be in line with current business-as-usual scenarios for Russia and should be an absolute minimum, says Lars Haltbrekken, chairman of Friends of the Earth Norway.

Russian Socio-Ecological Union (RSEU), a network of Russian environmental NGOs, hope the new signals from Russia are seen as a first step in improving the Russian climate policy.

- Russian emissions should at least be kept 35 percent below 1990-levels in 2020, says Olga Senova of the Russian Socio-Ecological Union.

Another important question for Russian climate policy is how to deal with surplus emission rights from the Kyoto-protocol. It is estimated that Russia will be able to bank approximately 7 billion emission rights (AAUs) to a post-2012 agreement.

- It is important to address the problem of surplus emission rights from Russia. Dealing with this surplus must come in addition to the increased Russian targets, says Lars Haltbrekken.

For more information:
Lars Haltbrekken, Friends of the Earth Norway, +4791612191
Olga Senova, Russian Socio-Ecological Union, +78129117986