CLIMATE-RELATED POLICIES IN RUSSIA: AN OVERVIEW YULIA YAMINEVA, PHD, UEF STRUCTURE • Russia and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Kyoto Protocol • Climate Doctrine, national emission reduction goal • Climate-related policies in the energy sector: energy efficiency, renewable energy, reducing emissions from gas flaring • Kyoto Protocol mechanisms • Russia’s position on a future UN agreement on climate change • Perspectives on EU-Russia climate cooperation RUSSIA AND UNFCCC • Ratified the Convention in 1994 • Annex I Party: limiting GHGs, reporting • But “economy in transition”: “a certain degree of flexibility” and no financial commitments • Ratified Kyoto Protocol in 2004 • Kyoto-1 for 2008-2012: not exceeding emissions of 1990 • In 1997 emissions were 37% lower than in 1990 – holder of excess carbon credits RUSSIA’S GHG EMISSIONS • In 2013, emissions were at 70% from 1990 levels (Ministry for Economic Development) • Fourth largest emitter in the world but role of sinks • Energy sector accounts for 82.4% of total emissions • One of the most carbon intensive economies. Energy efficiency potential is about 45% (World Bank 2008) EVOLUTION OF CLIMATE POLICY • No national climate policy and legislation up to 2009 • Climate Doctrine 2009 (anthropogenic climate change). Mitigation policies: • increasing energy efficiency in all sectors of the economy; • developing renewables and alternative sources of energy; • reducing market failures and implementing financial and tax measures to promote greenhouse gas emission reductions; and • protection and enhancement of sinks and reservoirs of greenhouse gases, including sustainable forest management, afforestation and reforestation on a sustainable basis • No national goal. At COP 15, Medvedev 25 %, later 1525 %, then again 25% but not formalised legally • In parallel: energy efficiency legislation ENERGY SECTOR: ENERGY EFFICIENCY • Policy document - Energy Strategy for the period up to 2030 (2009); • Federal Law on Energy Conservation and Increasing Energy Efficiency (2009) and its Action Plan: to decrease energy intensity of GDP by 40% in 2020 compared to 2007; • Ministry for Energy: State Programme on Energy Efficiency and Development of the Energy Sector (2012): state guarantees, subsidies and other measures • Modest progress, unclear financing sources ENERGY SECTOR: GAS FLARING • Reducing emissions from gas flaring: • World’s “leader” on gas flaring: 2011 – utilised only 75.4 % • Governmental resolution of 2009: to utilise 95% of Associated Petroleum Gas from 2012; increased sanctions • Oil companies ENERGY SECTOR: RENEWABLE ENERGY • Renewable energy: currently 1 % in the energy mix but truly gigantic potential, especially in isolated areas. • Federal Electricity Law, governmental resolution of 2009 “Main Directions for the State Policy in the Area of Increasing Electrical Energy Efficiency on the Basis of the Use of Renewables for the Period up to 2020” • Increase to 4.5% by 2020 but not on track • Insufficient legal and regulatory framework to stimulate RE under a premium-based scheme • But a new capacity-based scheme 2013 KYOTO PROTOCOL’S MECHANISMS • Took very long to develop a domestic framework on JI • Framework of 2007 never used • New framework 2009 (revised in 2011): • • • • Projects are approved on the basis of tender Ceiling of emission reductions 300 mln units Sberbank is the main operator Commitment to reinvest revenue in modernisation & environmental projects • In total, 150 projects initiated, emissions reductions of more than 380 mln ton CO2eq – leading position after China • Sectors: oil&gas, metallurgy, district heating, chemicals etc. Energy efficiency and renewables – 62% RUSSIA AND FUTURE AGREEMENT • Russia did not sign up for Kyoto-2 so: • no targets • no participation in mechanisms • but still part of KP • Strong position on a future agreement: • all major emitters (China and US) should participate in a future agreement; • role of carbon sinks should be accounted for. CHALLENGES • Lack of political will, lags behind other countries • Climate change, low-carbon development is no policy driver • Insufficient policy, legislative and financial support • Implementation/enforcement issues • Inter-ministry fights: e.g. Ministry of Economic Development vs Ministry of Natural Resources BUT RECENT DEVELOPMENTS • Post-Doha 2012 – creation of the Inter-Agency Working Group on Climate Change and Sustainable Development • Current discussion on mitigation policies: • How to use the JI infrastructure (state to purchase credits? through the Programme on Energy Efficiency) • Proposal for a national ETS by the Ministry for Economic Development • National emission reduction goal. Draft decree bouncing back and forth • In parallel, strengthening national legislation on reducing air pollution and best available environmental technologies PERSPECTIVES ON EU-RUSSIA CLIMATE COOPERATION • Packaging: low-carbon vs increasing energy efficiency, economic competitiveness, innovation • Collaboration on research, innovation, best practices • “Green image” factors: climate-neutral Olympics etc • Role of big companies: voluntary carbon reporting, equator principles • OECD ascension – strengthening environmental legislation THANK YOU!! • [email protected] • Update on Yamineva, Yulia. Climate Law and Policy in Russia: a Peasant Needs Thunder to Cross Himself and Wonder. In Hollo, Erkki, Kati Kulovesi and Michael Mehling, eds. Climate Change and the Law, Springer, 2013. Pp. 551-566. Available on SSRN.