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Russian Federation

TOTAL POPULATION

143.8 million YEAR 2014

CO2 EMISSIONS

1,705,300 kt COUNTRY, YEAR 2014

6,245,900 kt Europe and Central Asia, YEAR 2014

“A 25-30% domestic reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.”


PARIS AGREEMENT TARGET

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CLIMATE SIGNIFICANCE

Russia is one of the most influential countries when it comes to climate change issues. Its economy as a natural gas and fossil fuel provider for all of its neighbours make it dependent on the consumption of these resources. As it stands, the Russian Federation’s Paris targets are not in line with curbing climate change. Nonetheless, its resources are dwindling and the levels of pollutions of urban and industrial areas are not sustainable in the long run.

Russia is the host of the largest forest in the world in terms of surface. The great tundra is not as efficient at carbon capturing as the Amazon, but it is even bigger. It is also one of the last pristine forests on this planet, some parts are even said to have never been explored, and even to host mythical monsters like the Devil of Labynkyr (a local Loch Ness monster). In total, Russia’s tree cover reaches 45% and it hosts 22% of the world’s total forest resources. 

Its 37,653 km long coastline faces almost entirely north. The fast melting of the polar ice caps is opening up this side of the world to trade and transport as the maritime routes become navigable for longer periods of the year. The Arctic sea and territories are divided among Russia, Canada the US, Denmark and Norway. In 2018 and for the first time, a Russian cargo ship was able to travel to Europe via the Arctic route transporting fish and electronics. This opens up huge economic possibilities but also threatens one of the last and only pristine wilderness zones in the world.

Its lakes contain approximately one-quarter of the world's liquid fresh water. Lake Baikal - the world’s deepest - contains over one-fifth of the world's fresh surface water. 

The Russian Federation also has a partial stewardship responsibility with regards to the Arctic. The Northern end of our globe is a protected sanctuary that is under pressure from human activities such as tourism, but also fishing, mining and military activities. The thawing of polar ice caps has opened a commercial road for tankers and ships in and around the pole. 

Russia has a key role to play in the 21st century. As the home of the largest share of nature on this planet, it can preserve and maintain a wilderness that could not be achieved anywhere else. Russia’s sheer size and role in the world make it a de facto key battlefield for climate action. It is up to all great countries to assume their responsibilities. Or our planet won’t be worth a Kopeck.


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DATA INSIGHTS

Russia is an upper middle-income country according to the World Bank classification.  The history of carbon emissions and exposure to climate risk provides useful insights into Russia’s position in the fight against climate change. The following plots provide an overview of Russia’s historic greenhouse gas emissions in perspective with global emission levels, as well as the country’s climate action and sustainability performance.

Russia Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Russia’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change since 1990

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Russia Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Russia’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change since 1990

Russia Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Russia Sustainable Development Goals Index (SDGI)

Russia’s performance on sustainable development

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Russia Sustainable Development Goals Index (SDGI)

Russia’s performance on sustainable development

Russia Sustainable Development Goals Index (SDGI)
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