This is a case study of Russia's efforts towards deep decarbonization. It is a country that has huge reserves of fossil fuels (oil, gas, coal, shale gas and oil) and other resources, but also has carbon-free sources of energy and many other technologies and resources available for climate-friendly development in this century. Georgy Safonov notes that commitment from Russian citizens, government, and business has traditionally not been the top priority, but this has shifted. Safonov focuses on: the Russian target of approximately 87 percent emissions reduction by 2050, mostly of carbon dioxide emissions; green energy solutions such as solar PV, wind, and tidal power plants; reduction of high-emissions basic materials such as cement, materials, rubber, and plastics; and Russian forests and the impacts of sequestering carbon on the capacity of these forests. He also notes the potential for cooperation among Russia and its neighboring countries on decarbonization efforts.
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