* Moscow refusing to sign up to any new Kyoto pact
* Russia's emissions have plunged since Soviet era
DOHA Dec 5 Russia plans to set itself a binding
2020 goal for carbon emissions, a top climate change official
said on Wednesday - the only problem is it would allow them to
Russia's emissions plunged after the collapse of Soviet-era
smokestack industries to 2.21 billion tonnes in 2010, or 34
percent below 1990 levels, according to the latest data
available from the nation's official statistics.
However, it is still the world's fourth biggest emitter of
greenhouse gases behind China, the United States and India.
Alexander Bedritsky, Russia's special envoy for climate
change and advisor to President Vladimir Putin, told a news
conference on the sidelines of climate talks in Qatar's capital
Doha that Moscow had begun work on establishing a legally
The goal would be in the range of 15-25 percent below 1990
levels by 2020, he said. That would allow a rise from current
He did not specify when it would be signed into law.
At Copenhagen climate talks in 2009, then Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev outlined the idea of a similar goal. That
proposal was not signed into Russian law, however.
Environmental campaigners dismissed the latest target plan.
"I would say it is fantastically bad," said Vladimir Slivyak,
co-chairman of Ecodefense, a Russian environmental group which
focuses on energy issues.
Russia's emissions fell sharply after the fall of Communism.
Under the U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol, its target was not to exceed
its level of emissions in 1990 in the period 2008-12.
That target was far less stringent than the average 5.2
percent cut demanded of about 35 industrialised nations under
Russia has said it will not sign up to a second U.N.
commitment period on greenhouse gas reduction after the first
phase of the Kyoto process expires at the end of this year.