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Russia and France can establish cooperation in the field of production, storage and transportation of hydrogen, development of “green” technologies and financing of green projects. This was stated by Vladimir Ilyichev, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the RF at the Forum on Sustainable Development in Paris.
“We consider three areas of cooperation with France to be the most promising ones: development of export of hydrogen produced at nuclear power plants to Europe, creation of technological and investment partnerships for development of low-carbon technologies and joint cooperation in the framework of hydrogen projects in Europe”, said Ilyichev.
The deputy minister thanked French companies for their participation in the implementation of the Russian climate agenda. In April Rosatom signed two agreements: with Air Liquide to develop low-carbon projects in Sakhalin, as well as with EDF Group to develop hydrogen technology projects for transport and decarbonization of industry in Kaliningrad. In addition, Russian Railways OJSC and SNCF are planning to introduce “green” technologies, including hydrogen ones, to transform the railway sector. Banks are actively integrated into the process: they provide pre-export financing linked to sustainable development indicators.
Vladimir Ilyichev also said that Russia was counting on transition to green technologies in energy and electric transport, launches green investments, and uses a low-carbon development system as a tool for technological renovation of the economy. To this end, the country is forming the legal framework of the Russian “green” agenda: a law on limiting greenhouse gas emissions has been adopted, the concept of development of hydrogen energy and electric transport has been approved, a strategy of socio-economic development with a low level of greenhouse gases until 2050 is being developed.
“Russia is taking the necessary steps to fulfill its obligations within the framework of international agreements in the field of climate action, and to achieve the goal set by the President: by 2050 to have the volume of accumulated net greenhouse gas emissions lower than in the European Union,” said Ilyichev.
He added that compared to 1990 Russia has reduced greenhouse gases emissions to a greater extent than many other countries. These emissions have been halved from 3.1 billion tons of CO2 equivalent to 1.6 billion tons.