MINSK, 12 November (BelTA) - The CIS needs a system of internal climate regulation, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said at a web-based meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of Government, BelTA has learned.
“Today, everyone understands the importance of switching to low-carbon and low-emission development, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The global trend of transition to a green economy is gaining momentum; the demand for traditional hydrocarbon fuels has been falling amid the development of alternative energy. Work on this track will be more effective if all interested countries cooperate. Climate conservation is the task of all mankind. Ahead is a lot of hard work that needs the involvement of a wide range of specialists, public associations and states," the Russian prime minister said.
Mikhail Mishustin recalled that the Eurasian Economic Union has already made a number of relevant decisions. "The five countries agreed to advance cooperation on climate. The issue received considerable attention at the meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of State. Today, the CIS is a promising platform for cooperation on the climate agenda, the exchange of best practices to reduce emissions. We need to develop a system of internal climate regulation in the CIS," he stressed.
Another important task, according to the Russian head of government, is the restructuring and modernization of basic industries, the transition to a new technological paradigm. "There is a lot of work to be done on the transition from raw materials to an innovative type of development. We also need to synchronize actions in the Commonwealth and the Eurasian Economic Union. The CIS Executive Committee and the Eurasian Economic Commission should build effective algorithms for cooperation. But it is important that the climate agenda is not used as a lever of political pressure or as an instrument of unfair competition in the market. Our actions should be aimed at preserving an open, non-discriminatory trade regime, compliant with WTO rules and the principle of voluntary climate efforts. Only in this way will the green trend have a positive impact on the development of our states," Mikhail Mishustin said.