Russia and Climate Politics: Domestic developments and international challenges
Tuesday 9 March 2021, at 12:00-13:15 (EET)
Russia’s role is central to global climate politics. Russia is the fourth largest emitter of carbon dioxide and has vast potential for the development of renewable energy. It ratified the Paris climate agreement in 2019 and published a long-term climate strategy in 2020. Meanwhile, its current emission reduction targets remain unambitious. Heavy dependence on the hydrocarbon economy complicates the prospects for the energy transition in Russia. However, the expected decrease in the global demand of fossil fuels will put pressure on Russia to adapt. Cooperation with international partners could help the country avoid a technological gap in clean energy technology and develop a more sustainable economic model.
What are the main domestic developments and external factors influencing Russia’s stance on climate politics? Can Russia and the European Union cooperate within the framework of the European Green Deal?
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