Climate and Energy Programme

Russia is the 4th largest emitter of greenhouse gases after the China, United States and India. Greenhouse gases are the main factor of human-induced climate change, which results in global warming and weather chaos worldwide and a sharp increase in number and scale of dangerous hydrometeorological events. The Arctic tundra and permafrost area, which occupies about 60% of the total area of Russia, will become the region most affected by global warming.

WWF-Russia Climate and Energy Program is aimed at curbing global CO2 emissions and helping ecosystems adapt to new climate patterns.

Thanks to efforts of progressive forces, including WWF and other non-government organizations Russia has ratified the Kyoto Protocol, which was a major agreement on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, raising energy efficiency and cutting energy consumption before 2013. Currently we are in next stage of a new global deal – Paris Agreement, which has been was adopted in the end of 2015 and entered into force in the end of 2016.  It is aimed at climate change limitation at the level of well below 2 degrees Celsius of global warming above pre-industrial level.

WWF leads an active information campaign on implementation of global target of climate change limitation at the level of well below 2 degrees Celsius. This is request to global and Russian energy development to reduce emissions properly to keep climate safely for ecosystems and human being by energy efficiency and renewable energy, which has to become main global source. On the other hand WWF is going to be active in helping species and ecosystems in adaptation to new climate conditions. Our goal is to ensure development and implementation of effective strategies that build climate resilience for communities and ecosystems.