On November 1, the Russian government unveiled the 2050 Low Carbon Strategy for Russia, which was approved on October 29, according to media reports. Under the "intensive scenario" of the strategy, the country's net CO2 equivalent emissions will be reduced from 1.58 billion tons in 2019 to 630 million tons in 2050 (total emissions will be reduced from 2.12 billion tons to 1.83 billion tons, and the capacity of forests to absorb greenhouse gases will be increased from 665 million tons per year to 1.2 billion tons per year in 2050).
According to the strategy, Russia will increase electricity generation from natural gas, nuclear and hydroelectric power plants and renewable energy sources by 2050, and will implement low-carbon adaptation of coal-fired power plants. At the same time, to increase the emissions absorption capacity of forests and other ecosystems, Russia will need to expand its forests and gradually replace single-species forests with mixed forests that can absorb more greenhouse gases.
Russian Government Approves 2050 Low Carbon Strategy