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Russia will reduce harmful emissions by 70% compared to 1990 — Putin

November 30, 2015, 16:50 UTC+3
Russia will seek breakthrough decisions in the sphere of energy conservation, in particular with the help of new nanotechnologies
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Vladimir Putin addresses world leaders at the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference

Vladimir Putin addresses world leaders at the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference

© AP Photo/Michel Euler

PARIS, November 30. /TASS/. Russia will reduce harmful emissions by 70% compared to 1990, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the XXI United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris on Monday.

"Russia will continue to contribute to joint efforts on preventing global warming," Putin said. "We hope to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70% compared to the basis year of 1990," he noted.

Putin added that Russia will seek breakthrough decisions in the sphere of energy conservation, in particular with the help of new nanotechnologies. The Russian president said that Moscow developed a technology of carbon nanotubes. "According to experts’ estimates, using this technology only in Russia the carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced by 160-180 million tons by 2030," Putin said adding that Russia is ready to share its experience.

The Russian president noted that the new agreement on climate should recognize the important role of forests as main greenhouse gas sinks. He added that this is especially important for Russia as it holds colossal forest resources and does a lot for preservation of the "planet’s lungs." Putin stressed that efforts of developing countries on reducing harmful emissions are also very important. "Russia also plans to provide financial and other types of support to those countries through UN mechanisms," he added.

The Russian president also supported the proposal to hold a scientific forum under UN auspices on problems of climate and natural resources. "I already noted in my speech at the 70th UN General Assembly session that the problem of climate should be approached comprehensively. In this regard, I would like to confirm our proposal to hold a scientific forum under UN auspices to discuss problems connected not only with changing climate but also with exhaustion of natural resources and degradation of human environment," Putin concluded.

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