Welcome to the Earth.Org Global Sustainability Index, where Earth.Org examines the policies and actions regarding the environment of every nation on earth. Combining the most respected global indexes on pollution, climate change, policy, energy, oceans, biodiversity we have produced an overall Global Index, which will be updated annually. The is the Global Sustainability Index scorecard for Russia.

While Russia ratified the Paris Agreement in October 2019, this decision was largely symbolic, as it did not come with improvements to its very weak emissions reduction targets, or any new climate policies. It is likely to meet its Paris targets, because they are so weak; they do not require a decrease in GHG emissions from current levels, nor do they require the government to develop a low-carbon economic development strategy. 

Its government acknowledges that the country is particularly vulnerable to the climate crisis, however it chooses to divert its attention to the perceived economic advantages of the crisis.

According to estimates from Climate Action Tracker, Russia’s currently implemented policies will lead to emissions of between 2.1 and 2.2 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2020 and roughly the same in 2030, which is 0-2% above 2017 emission levels. This is a decrease in emissions from 1990 levels of 32-33% in 2020 and 31-33% in 2030, all below the country’s targets, which allow emissions to grow 16–23% above 2017 levels by 2030.

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Earth.Org Global Sustainability Index Ranking image description: Russia Rankings – Policy: 67, Pollution: 52, Climate Change: 52, Oceans: 57, Biodiversity: 66, Energy: 51, Earth.Org Global Sustainability Index Ranking 157.