The Development of Regional Biomass Action Plans of the Russian Federation

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This document describes a detailed survey of specific issues: the rationale, objectives, methodology, organization and expected results of a project activity that aims to develop Regional Biomass Action Plans in the regions of the Russian Federation within the framework of the UNECE project ‘Development of Sustainable Biomass Trade and Export Opportunities from Selected Regions of the Russian Federation’. It consists of five chapters which: 1) gives an overview of the content; 2) describes the organization, goal and scope of the current UNECE biomass project; 3) identifies the development of federal policies towards biomass use in Russia; 4) reflects the importance, goals and content of the biomass action plans; and 5) gives information and a number of recommendations regarding how the action plans should be developed.




Energy production from renewable energy sources is currently on the agenda in many United Nations Member States. This is partly driven by the Kyoto Protocol (1997) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which commits industrialized countries to limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) to at least 5% below 1990 levels. Countries can achieve the reduction of CO emissions and contribute to sustainable development by using sustainable energies, in particular biomass, to replace fossil fuels. Moreover, this change is in line with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in particular Goal 7 “Ensure environmental stability”.


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