Sustainable Energy and Climate Change in Russia: policies, discourses and narratives

International Workshop:

Sustainable Energy and Climate Change in Russia: policies, discourses and narratives

Nottingham, United Kingdom, 28-30 November 2018

Russia’s extensive domestic use of fossil fuels and economic over-reliance on their export have led to severe environmental degradation in locations of fossil fuel production and have contributed to global pollution levels. In fact, Russia is the fifth largest greenhouse gas-emitter in the world. At the same time, since the mid-1970s, the average temperature in Russia has been increasing two times faster than the global average (Roshydromet 2014). Russia’s economy loses 60 billion rubles each year because of extreme weather events, and climate change in recent years has increased this amount by 6% per year (Roshydromet 2012). Economic vulnerability due to environmental degradation and energy inefficiency has become a particularly acute problem as Russia struggles with an economic recession. Considering these problems, this workshop aims to stimulate an intellectual debate between Russian and UK academics which will critically assess and subsequently enhance Russia’s sustainability practices in the energy sector and its climate change policy.

The workshop will provide a unique opportunity for sharing research expertise and networking. During the workshop, Early Career Researchers will have the opportunity to present their research in the form of a short oral presentation and discuss this with established researchers from the UK and Russia. There will be a focus on building links for future collaboration and participants will be selected on the basis of their research potential and ability to build long-term links.

Subject of report

Alexey Litvinov: «Permafrost of the highlands in a changing climate:  risks and prospects for the local communities of the Altai mountains»