NewsUkraine to seek reparations of £26bn in climate change from Russia

Ukraine to seek reparations of £26bn in climate change from Russia

The Russian aggression against Ukraine is causing enormous losses for the climate.
The Russian aggression against Ukraine is causing enormous losses for the climate.
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Anna Wajs-Wiejacka

15 June 2024 20:13

Ukraine will demand reparations from Russia. Kyiv will seek payment from Moscow for all war damages. Climate damages will also be included, and these are not small. Experts estimate that climate change alone amounts to a hefty sum of £26 billion and continues to grow.

On 14 February 2022, Russia began its full-scale aggression against Ukraine. Although the Kremlin expected a quick capture of Kyiv, the conflict continues to this day, and there is little indication that it will end soon. Each additional day of the war results in massive losses of lives, economy, infrastructure, and cultural heritage of Ukraine. The "National Geographic" portal reports that the war also leads to severe climate damage.

Experts from the Initiative on Greenhouse Gas Accounting of War (IGGAW) indicate that in just the first two years of the conflict in Ukraine, the amount of greenhouse gases emitted is equivalent to approximately 175 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. Such amounts of carbon dioxide will inevitably impact the increase in global warming.

The IGGAW report clearly shows that combating the effects of this additional emission of greenhouse gases could cost up to £26 billion. Ukraine plans to include this amount in the damages caused by Russian aggression. - It will be an essential plank in the reparations case we are building against Russia - stated Ruslan Striletz, Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine.

The analysis published today is the most up-to-date and thorough snapshot we have of the climate consequences of Russia’s invasion, helping to lift the fog of war that exists also when it comes to the environmental costs of conflict — said Striletz.

War in Ukraine and the increase in carbon dioxide emissions

The report prepared by IGGAW indicates that up to one-third of the greenhouse gas emissions result from direct military actions, such as the fuel consumption of military vehicles. This is followed by emissions related to the repair of damaged buildings, roads, infrastructure, and fires caused by subsequent bombings, rocket attacks, and shelling.

One must also consider the greenhouse gas emissions caused by the necessity to reroute commercial aircraft on longer routes to avoid the conflict zone. Experts point out that this topic is still not thoroughly researched. This means greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere could be significantly higher than the estimates indicate. It must also be remembered that this amount increases on each subsequent day of the war.

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