Dr. Alexey Kokorin to Speak on Russia's Energy Future
The Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, in partnership with World Resources Institute and Environmental Defense Fund, invite you to join us Thursday, November 17, at 12:00 PM for the next event in our webinar series: Climate Change Solutions: Frontline Perspectives from Around the Globe.
Dr. Alexey Kokorin, Head of WWF Russia's Climate & Energy Program, will discuss his research and perspectives on Russian greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reduction scenarios and policies. In Russia, targets of the energy mix and related GHG emissions have often been driven by political agendas rather than by any accurate calculations or forecasts. This happened, for example, in 2009 when, preparing for UNFCC COP in Copenhagen, the Russian government committed to a 15 percent reduction of GHG emissions by 2020 compared to 1990 levels (which meant almost 20 percent growth in 2009-2020). However, that same autumn, the commitment changed to 25-percent reduction as a result of political debates. Similarly, looking at a longer perspective, the government has changed its target from 2- to 3-fold increase in national GHG emissions by 2050 (compared to 1990) to "not exceeding" the 1990 level by 2030.
Dr. Kokorin’s presentation will review research undertaken by WWF Russia and the Institute of Economic Policy (IEP) to develop scenarios of GHG emissions in Russia for 2050 based on modeling the future national energy mix as determined not only by technological potential but also on social, economic and political realities. A Q&A session will follow.
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About the Speaker
Dr. Kokorin leads the WWF's Russian team working with Russian Institute of Economic Policy (IEP) on scenarios of GHG emissions in Russia for 2050. These scenarios are based on modeling future national energy mixes based not only on technological potential but also on social, economic and political realities. He is also the leader of WWF Russia's project "Adaptation and Low-Carbon Development in Key Russian Regions" (Arctic and Far East), funded by USAID.
In 1981, Alexey Kokorin graduated from the Moscow State University (MSU), Russia, with honors (Physics department, geophysical section). In 1984, Mr. Kokorin received an academic degree compatible to Ph. D (Candidate Physics and Mathematics Science with emphasis geophysics), also from MSU. In 1984-1999, he worked as Senior and then Leading Scientist at the Russian Academy of Science (Institute of Global Climate and Ecology) with a focus on atmospheric physics, environmental pollution and climate change. He is the author of more than 100 scientific papers.
Dr. Kokorin was involved in UNFCCC negotiations as an Russian official delegate from 1994 to 1999 (climate advisor to the Russian Minister of Ecology in 1998 -1999) and as WWF's delegate from 2000. He participated in the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, awarded by Nobel Prize for popularization of climate science, and has been a participant of more than 10 UNFCCC Conferences of the Parties. Dr. Kokorin took part and presented reports on more than 150 international and domestic conferences and workshops. He is the project leader of about 20 WWF's projects on climate change problems, mainly focused on negotiation process, funded by WWF's "family" of National organizations, USAID, UK SPF, UNEP, Euro AID, US EPA, SIDA, etc. He is author of wide range of ecological, economic and policy studies on Russian climate policies and measures.
About the Series
Hosted and sponsored by the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, in partnership with World Resources Institute and Environmental Defense Fund, the Climate Change Solutions: Frontline Perspectives from Around the Globe webinar series features ten speakers between September 2011 and April 2012. This series highlights the current state of climate change policy actions through speakers who provide unique insight into the latest policy developments in the world's highest greenhouse gas emitting countries: United States, China, Germany, Russia, India, United Kingdom, Canada, South Korea, Japan, and Brazil.
The series is publicly available online and promoted to both domestic and international academic and policy communities, including governmental officials, think tank analysts, climate change advocates, professors, and students. The webinar format enables those interested in international climate change policy to access and participate in these presentations from anywhere in the world.
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