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Russian Climate Plan Sees Rising Emissions Countered by Forests

  • Draft plan says emissions will grow 8.2% in next three decades
  • There is little reliable data on forests’ carbon sequestration
Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, speaks during the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate.

Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, speaks during the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate.

Russia expects to increase greenhouse gas emissions over the next 30 years and instead rely on its trees to meet its international climate obligations, according to a draft of the nation’s low-carbon development strategy.

Emissions are seen rising 8.2% from 2019 levels to 2.29 billion tons of CO2 equivalent by 2050, according to the base-case scenario in the draft prepared by the Economy Ministry. The plan says the growth will be more than compensated for by doubling the estimated absorption capacity of Russia’s forests thanks to planting trees, reducing the number of fires and restoring wetlands.