Low-carbon Development and Climate Policy: Opportunities for Russian Businesses on the Global Decarbonization Agenda
The first serious, large-scale problem facing our country is the creation of a non-discriminatory system to assess the balance of greenhouse gases. The project that we launched [a pilot project to create testing sites in several Russian regions to calculate the carbon balance, where research will be carried out to create technologies to monitor and analyse the ability of territories to capture and store carbon from the atmosphere] is actually very small-scale – it’s only seven regions with carbon testing sites so far […] We have joined efforts with a huge number of universities and institutes. Their efforts were disorganized: some of them were working with image processing, some with agricultural technologies, and some were researching forests. All this needs to be united to create an independent assessment, a carbon control system [...] It turned out that we don’t have ready-made solutions, but we cannot borrow them, and such a system must be scientifically grounded. Since science is international, it must not only be recognized within the country. It should above all be understandable for our partners, for those who are already to conduct relevant research in other countries. And ideally, of course, the system used to independently assess the carbon balance should be adopted by our colleagues in associations at the very least, perhaps within the BRICS
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