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Meeting: October 6, 2021: Russia's Climate Strategy: opportunities and challenges

The last interactive discussion of the Brussels Energy Club have focused on the following topic:


"Russia's Climate Strategy: opportunities and challenges"


The meeting took place online via zoom video conference on Wednesday 6 October 2021, 12-2pm Central European (Brussels) Time


With a key intervention from:

Mikhail YulkinMikhail Yulkin 

Head of the Climate Change and GHG Emissions in the Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce

CEO of Environment Research Center, Moscow






Russia is one of the world's leading producers and exporters of fossil fuels. It is expected that the global energy transition will impact the Russian economy significantly. Russia is one of the top five carbon emitters in the world (4.5% in 2020). More-over, recent Russian polls suggest that 2/3 of respondents said that they are already experiencing negative impact of climate change as a result of human induced activity.  The country has signed all UN climate treaties, including the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement. It has been actively engaged in international climate negotiations under the United Nations, G8, G20, and BRICS for over two decades.

Yet Russia is still rather absent from international climate discourse. In November 2020 the Russian government set a new aim of lowering emissions by 30% compared to 1990 levels by 2030. This goal was criticized considerably by experts, as the country had the same level of emissions in 2015. This means that Russia's carbon emission levels can actually rise. Russia's new Energy Strategy 2035 continues this line of action as it envisions a substantial increase of fossil fuel production, combustion, and exports. Separate sector programs are supporting the strategy, while RES continue to keep a low profile in Russia's energy mix through to 2035. At the same time, the Paris Agreement and the emergence of global carbon markets are likely to have significant impact EU-Russia economic cooperation, in the energy sphere as well as other areas.  

In our next online BREC meeting, we have invited Mikhail Yulkin to address some of this vexing subject matter. Mikhail Yulkin is one of the leading Russian climate experts and advocates. During the ensuing 2-hour-long session, we will hear from him how climate is discussed internally in Russia, how it might impact Russia's relationship with the EU and "what is to be done" looking forward to the years ahead. Please join us online for the next meeting of the Brussels Energy Club on October 6 when we will address these as well as many other questions related to the Russian, European and international climate debate.


Speaker information 

Mikhail Anisimovich Yulkin graduated in economic cybernetics from Moscow State University and continued his education at the World Bank Institute in Washington. Since 1998 he plays an active role in Russian climate and emission reduction official discussions. In 1999 he established the  Environment Research Center in Moscow. He is a member of the global network Sustainable Development Solutions Network, SDSN since 2017. From 2016 he has been teaching climate policies of foreign countries at the prestigious Moscow Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). He is the head of the permanent working group on climate change consequences and GHG emissions of the Russian Chamber of Commerce,  the head of the working group on climate strategy for the Russian part of the Barents sea, a member of the working group for GHG emission reduction of the City of Moscow and within the Ministry of Economic Development.


Further information and participation

Registration is required for participation in this online meeting. 

The meeting will be recorded and at a later stage appear on the Brussels Energy Club YouTube channel.

Please contact us at info@brusselsenergyclub.org for more information.