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Russia and Paris Climate Change Agreement
January 31, 2016 21:34

Sergey Donskoy

After ratification of the document in Russia it will be required to develop new measures of regulating the activity of enterprises for reduction of greenhouse gases and transition to new technologies.

The main shortcoming of the Paris Climate Change Agreement is the absence of legally obligatory demands on the countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the RF Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Sergey Donskoy pointed out in an interview to the Russian newspaper.

"Every country independently determines its contribution and undertakes national implementation measures. Non-performance of national measures will not entail sanctions, but imply essential reputation risks", - Mr. Donskoy noted.

Consequences of Agreement Ratification for Russian Economy

Sergey Donskoy stated that after ratification of the Paris Climate Change Agreement it will be required to develop new measures of regulating the activity of enterprises for reduction of greenhouse gases and transition to new technologies.

The head of the Ministry for Protection of the Environment and Natural Resources also noted that though the main volume of emissions of carbon dioxide comes from the energy sector, innovations will concern the majority of economy sectors.
"This transition is to become the driver of growing competitiveness and energy efficiency of our business due to application of new technologies", - Mr. Donskoy emphasized.

After ratification Russia will have to introduce a package of measures on development of renewables. "Obviously, the document will determine the purposes and measures in the sphere of motor transport and in the system of housing and communal services is regards of cutting down the power loss when heating buildings", - Mr. Donskoy specified.

The minister noted that climate change is not just heightening of temperatures, but the impact on natural processes in general. Its main problems for Russia are connected to the frequency, intensity, and duration of the extreme meteorological phenomena.

"Floods happen more and more often here nowadays and over 50 percent of economic losses are caused by them. More than one third of hazardous phenomena are strong winds, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Since they come up very quickly and unexpectedly and it is extremely difficult to forecast them, they incur very significant damage", - Sergey Donskoy specified.

"The situation in Russia is still quite complicated, though in recent years the total amount of emissions of the polluting substances into the atmosphere has been decreasing. Since 2013 it has been reduced by 800 thousand ton due to reducing emissions from stationary sources of ambient air contamination. The amount of retained and neutralized polluting substances has been growing. The number of the cities on the priority list with the greatest level of air pollution has been reduced from  30 to 19. The results are attained due to introduction of new waste treatment facilities and more responsible attitude to ecology of those enterprises, which were not ecologically focused previously", - Mr. Donskoy added.


Author: Vera Ivanova

Tags: Climate Change     

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