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Russia clarifies status of earlier announced emission targets

11th December 2009

During the Copenhagen climate summit, The Russian Federation stated that the 2020 targets announced some weeks before by President Dmitri Medwedew were not to be interpreted as an official submission of internationally binding emission reduction targets. The assessment of Russia's targets by Climate Analytics and Ecofys now returns to Russia's earlier submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which amounts to a reduction of 10 to 15% below 1990 by 2020. This reduces the low-ambition end of the reduction range by developed countries from 8% to 6% below 1990 by 2020. The global emissions pathway and climate projections will be updated halfway through the Copenhagen summit, including other recent developments.