"Until recently, there was little interest in climate change among Russian
society, business, financial institutions, and the government. Although the
country is the world’s fifth biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, it is ranked a
dire fifty-second in a list of sixty-one countries in the Climate Change
Performance Index 2021.
The Russian establishment was caught off guard by the long-term threat to the
entire functioning of the country’s economy posed by the global goal of
decarbonization and net zero emissions. Nearly all of Russia’s main foreign
trade partners have declared their ambition to become carbon-neutral by 2050
(or 2060, in China’s case). And the EU’s carbon border adjustment mechanism —
hotly discussed in Russia — is only a small part of the raft of EU regulations
Yet it’s still unclear whether Russia will take real steps in the fight against
climate change, or whether it will limit itself to empty declarations, and
whether the climate agenda is capable of putting cooperation between Russia and
other countries onto a more constructive footing."
Via Robert Sanscartier.
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics