EU, Britain urge Russia to commit to net zero CO2 emissions

(EurActiv, 30 Sep 2021) The European Union, Britain and Italy have urged Russia to commit to reach net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 and step up its plans to tackle climate change ahead of the COP26 summit.

Russia, one of the biggest polluters that has not set a “net zero” emissions target, is coming under increased pressure as world leaders prepare for the United Nations COP26 summit, which runs from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12 in Glasgow, Scotland.

“We invite Russia to make even more ambitious commitments to achieve zero net carbon emissions by 2050, joining us and many other countries that have already stated similar goals,” the EU, Britain and Italy’s ambassadors to Russia said in a joint article, published in the Kommersant newspaper.

The COP26 summit is seen as a crucial chance to wring out ambitious enough commitments from governments to stop global warming spiralling beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius – the limit that scientists say would avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

The ambassadors urged Russia to “seize this opportunity” to develop renewable energy, green technologies and protect carbon-consuming forests, to help boost its economy and create jobs in low-carbon sectors.

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