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The Oxford Handbook of International Climate Change Law edited by Carlarne, Cinnamon P; Gray, Kevin R; Tarasofsky, Richard (24th March 2016)

Part VII Regional and Country-Specific Perspectives, Ch.31 Russian Law on Climate Change

Anna Korppoo, Max Gutbrod, Sergey Sitnikov

From: The Oxford Handbook of International Climate Change Law

Edited By: Cinnamon P. Carlarne, Kevin R. Gray, Richard Tarasofsky

Subject(s):
Natural resources — Climate change — Environmental disputes — Pollution

This chapter outlines Russian legislation relevant to climate change. Russia ratified the Kyoto Protocol in 2004. The main legal elements of institutional compliance under the Protocol included requirements to submit annual greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, following the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidelines, and to establish a registry to keep track of domestic emissions and implementation of the Kyoto mechanisms. The Federal Service of Russia for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Roshydromet), together with the Institute of Global Climate and Ecology, were designated as the entities responsible for developing Russia’s GHG inventory. Russia’s compliance was driven by its opportunity to participate in the Kyoto mechanisms. These flexibility mechanisms—Joint Implementation (JI) and International Emissions Trading—allow industrial countries to trade emission allowances in order to direct climate mitigation investments into the most cost-effective measures available.

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