Putin: the Russian Federation exceeded the Kyoto Protocol, “slow down” global warming for almost a year

Putin: the Russian Federation exceeded the Kyoto Protocol, “slow down” global warming for almost a year


PARIS, November 30. Russia exceeded its obligations under the Kyoto Protocol, and reducing its greenhouse gas emissions comparable to the total annual volume of air pollution in the world. This was stated by the President Vladimir Putin, speaking at the UN conference on climate in Paris.

“To pay attention to the development and care of nature”

“We have exceeded their commitments under the Kyoto Protocol,” said the Russian leader. According to him, in 1991-2012 Russia “not only prevented the growth of emissions of greenhouse gases, but also substantially reduced, thanks to the atmosphere got about 40 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent”. For comparison, Putin cited the greenhouse gas emissions of all countries of the world in 2012, 46 billion tons.

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“That is to say, that Russia’s efforts have helped to slow global warming by almost a year”, – concluded the President of the Russian Federation.

He explained that the greenhouse emissions of the Russian Federation has managed to significantly reduce due to the economic modernisation and the introduction of environmentally friendly, energy-saving technologies.

“And at the same time we were able to almost double the country’s GDP at the same time, – said the President. – Does this mean that it is possible to devote the necessary attention to the development, to ensure development and to care for nature.”

Putin also emphasized that Russia “had become one of the first places in the world in terms of reducing energy intensity of the economy – 33.4 per cent over the period 2000 to 2012”. “Following the implementation of energy efficiency programs of energy development we expect to reduce by 2020, a further 13.5 per cent,” said the Russian head of state.

According to him, the effects of global warming cause increasingly significant economic damage, disrupt the human environment.

“From solving the climate problem affects the quality of life for all people on the planet, economic growth and sustainable social development of entire regions of the Earth”, – concluded the President of the Russian Federation.

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Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, Russia’s contribution to the fight against global warming

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Russia will reduce emissions

By 2030, Russia will reduce emissions to 70% compared to 1990 levels, he said.

“Russia will continue to contribute to joint efforts to prevent global warming, said the head of state. By 2030, we expect to reduce greenhouse gas emissions up to 70% from the base 1990 level”.

He added that Russia will be achieved through breakthrough solutions in the field of energy conservation, including through new nanotechnologies. Putin said that Russia has developed technology additives based on carbon nanotubes. “According to experts, the use of this technology only in Russia will reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 2030 to 160-180 million tons”, – said the head of state, assuring that we are ready to share such developments.

In his opinion, the new agreement must be documented the important role of forests as major sinks of greenhouse gases. He noted that for Russia, which has huge forest resources and does much to preserve the lungs of the planet, this is especially important. Thus Putin has noticed that is of particular importance that the efforts of developing States to reduce harmful emissions. “Russia also plans to provide financial and other support to these countries, using the UN mechanisms”, – he noted.

The Russian President also reiterated the proposal to hold a UN-sponsored scientific forum on climate and natural resources. “In his speech at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly have noted that the climate issue should be approached comprehensively, in this regard, I would like to confirm our proposal to hold a UN-sponsored scientific forum in which to discuss issues not only with climate change, and depletion of natural resources, degradation of the human environment”, he said.

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Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, on combating global warming

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“A comprehensive, effective, equitable”

Putin hopes that the new climate agreement that will replace the Kyoto Protocol, will be developed by common efforts.

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“We hope that by joint efforts we can achieve the development of a new climate agreement that will replace the Kyoto Protocol, will serve the interests of all States and peoples after 2020”, – said the Russian leader.

According to him, Russia proceeds from the fact that the new climate agreement must be “comprehensive, effective, equitable”.

“Support the long-term goal of the new agreement to limit the rise in global temperature by the end of the twenty-first century beyond 2 degrees Celsius”, – said the President of the Russian Federation.

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