Russia backslides on 25 percent emission reduction goal in Doha

• December 4, 2012

A draft presidential decree seen by RIA Novosti shows that Russia might be backing away from an unconditional 25% emission reduction target announced by Prime Minister Medvedev during the Rio+20 summit in June to its 15-25% range stated in the 2009 Copenhagen Accord.

The Russian government, which remains entrenched in its refusal to join Kyoto second commitment period, has been contemplating a firmer 2020 goal on the national level for several months.

The first draft document prepared by the national Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in August mentioned a 20% target which was subsequently questioned by other ministries and business as inconsistent with Medvedev’s announcement in Rio.

The target was then increased to 25%, and officials expected the decree to be signed by President Putin by the end of 2012.

Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich after his meeting with parties in the national Kyoto debate on 27 November told the news agency that he wanted the draft decree to be ready within a week.

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