Kyoto protocol to influence Russian environment positively

Publish date: February 18, 2005

“Kyoto protocol acceptance will contribute to better environmental situation in Russia,” said Danilov-Danilian, director of Water Problems Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

He underlined, that “After the Kyoto protocol acceptance Russia should rather expect environmental and climatic positive effects than economic profit. Reduction of hydrocarbon burning will cause reduction of emissions and environmental pollution”, Interfax informed.

The scientist said “The aim of the protocol is to ease changing over from raw-material economy to high-tech economy. But the problem is if Russia will use such a possibility”. He underlined that the protocol could assist in many positive changes, caused by economical changes due to mineral resources depletion.

Talking about quota trade, he said “Russia can hardly sell a single quota in 2005 due to insufficient organization of implementation of Kyoto protocol in Russia”. The scientist underlined that “under the protocol conditions, all the unused quotas are automatically transferred to after-Kyoto period. Russia should make a decision of what is more economically profitable – to save or sell the quotas”.