Russia joins China: wants to be carbon neutral by 2060, according to Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday that his country aspires to carbon neutrality by 2060, a more ambitious strategy than the one shown so far and that is announced on the eve of COP26, the UN climate summit.

“In practice, Russia will strive to achieve carbon neutrality in its economy. And we have set ourselves a concrete goal: no later than 2060, “said the president during an energy forum in Moscow.

In this way, Russia and China share an objective in this matter.

The daily Kommersant had already reported in early October that the Russian government was finalizing a new environmental strategy with stronger measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

According to this plan, revealed by the Russian newspaper, Moscow would seek reduce your emissions by almost 80% by 2050, mainly by progressively abandoning coal as a source of electricity and giving more weight to nuclear energy, among others.

Russia is one of the main hydrocarbon producing countries of the world and a large part of its economy depends on mining extraction.

Putin is known for his “skeptical” positions on climate change and has alleged that his country would benefit from global warming.

However, in recent times he has revised his speech and has shown alarmed by natural disastersLike the fires that swept through parts of Russia this summer.

This year Putin also participated in a summit organized by US President Joe Biden, and affirmed his interest in launching “international cooperation” on climate change.

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