Petersburg Carbon Declaration: an important step towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Ten organizations signed the St. Petersburg Carbon Declaration on the creation of a high-tech scientific and experimental innovation platform of international importance "Carbon Research Center" and the formation of a community of scientific and technical experts who provide solutions to applied problems on carbon topics.

The signing of the declaration was the result of the round table "The role of rational waste management in building a low-carbon circular economy", held at the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry on February 15, 2022. The event was organized within the framework of the international project "Ecologically clean urban environment through sustainable waste management" (Cool4City), Cross-Border Cooperation Program "Russia - Southeast Finland 2014‒2020".

“By the end of this year, all subjects of the Russian Federation must develop plans for adaptation to climate change. One of the key indicators should be the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. For St. Petersburg, greenhouse gas emissions from the waste industry are a significant parameter of anthropogenic impact on the environment. In this regard, the signing of the St. Petersburg Carbon Declaration is a very significant event for our city,” said Ivan Serebritsky, Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Nature Management.

The experts noted that the signing of the Declaration is an important step to ensure the necessary synergy in order to implement joint projects aimed at reducing the carbon footprint and developing a sustainable, environmentally neutral environment.

The organizations that signed the document included the Analytical Center under the Government of the Russian Federation, the Higher School of Economics, the St. Petersburg Federal Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Russian-European Innovation Partnership, the St. Petersburg State University of Economics, the St. Petersburg State Forestry University. CM. Kirov, St. Petersburg Polytechnic University of Peter the Great, St. Petersburg Charitable Public Foundation for the Development of the Botanical Garden of Peter the Great, the All-Russian Society for the Conservation of Nature and the St. Petersburg Fund for the Development of Small and Medium Business.