Russian Federation

Overall rating
Critically insufficient
Policies & action
Highly insufficient
< 4°C World
Domestic target
Highly insufficient
< 4°C World
Fair share target
Critically insufficient
4°C+ World
Climate finance
Critically insufficient
Net zero target

year

2060

Comprehensiveness not rated as

Information incomplete
Land use & forestry

historically considered a

Sink

Summary

We evaluate the target as: Target information incomplete.

The Russian Federation has announced a 2060 net zero target (Moscow Times, 2021), but has yet to formally adopt it, and few details are available. Russia has not submitted and Long-Term Strategy to the UNFCCC as of October 2021. The Russian government can consider good practice approaches shown further below as it elaborates on this target announcement.

The CAT currently does not evaluate Russia’s net zero target given the preliminary nature and a lack of more detailed information. The CAT will do so once further information will be communicated by the government.

Russian Federation
Comprehensiveness of net zero target design
Target information incomplete
Scope
Target year: 2060
Emissions coverage

Target covers emissions / sectors partially (under 95% coverage)

International aviation and shipping

No information on the target’s intention to cover international aviation and shipping

Reductions or removals outside of own borders

Provides no information on intention to use international offset credits to meet net zero

Architecture
Legal Status

Net zero target announced

Separate reduction & removal targets

No information on intention to separate emission reduction and removal targets

Review Process

Country provides no information on its intention to establish a review cycle for its net zero and intermediate targets (note: this option applies to countries that have only announced a target, with no accompanying law / policy)

Transparency
Carbon dioxide removal

No information on intention to communicate transparent assumptions on carbon dioxide removals

Comprehensive planning

Country provides no information on anticipated pathways or measures

Clarity on fairness of target

Country provides no information on its intention to explain the target’s fairness.

Scope

  • Target year – Russia aims to reach net zero by 2060.
  • Emissions coverage – The Russian government refers to the target a ‘carbon neutrality’ target (Moscow Times, 2021), indicating that it may not cover all GHG emissions. For this reason, we assume it relates only to CO2 emissions for the time being.
  • International aviation and shipping – Russia provides no information on its intention to cover international aviation and shipping.
  • Reductions or removals outside of own borders – Russia has not provided any information on its intention to use international offset credits to meet its net zero target.

Target architecture

  • Legal status – President Putin announced the net zero target in October 2021 (Moscow Times, 2021). Russia has not submitted an Long-Term Strategy to the UNFCCC as of October 2021.
  • Separate reduction & removal targets – Russia provides no information on its intention to communicate separate emission reduction and removal targets.
  • Review process – Russia provides no information on its intention to establish a review cycle for its net zero and intermediate targets.

Transparency

  • Carbon dioxide removal – Russia provides no information on its intention to communicate transparent assumptions on carbon dioxide removals.
  • Comprehensive planning – No details on the specific planning process for the net zero target is available.
  • Clarity on fairness of target – Russia provides no information on its intention to explain the target’s fairness.

For further information on the targets, the Russian Federation has adopted, see the targets tab.

Good practice

The Climate Action Tracker has defined the following good practice for all ten key elements of net zero targets. Countries can refer to this good practice to design or enhance their net zero targets.

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