Palgrave Macmillan has published a book by Nikita Lomagin, Irina Mironova, Maxim Titov and Mikhail Oshchepkov Russian Coal in the Era of Climate Change. Why It Will Survive and Will Not Become a Bargaining Chip in Relations with the West. (2023, 322 pp.).
The book presents the results of an interdisciplinary study of the past, present and future of the Russian coal industry at a time when developed countries are actively promoting a climate policy agenda that includes, among other things, the complete abandonment of coal generation.
How did it come to be that over the course of 300 years “colliers” (miners) became a driving political force and formed a socially significant class on a national scale? How did the Russian government, together with regional authorities and emerging businesses, manage to transform Russia's oldest energy sector from a loss-making industry into an export-oriented, multibillion-dollar one? What is unique about Russia's painful transformation of the industry in the main coal-mining regions? What role does the coal industry play in the modern Russian economy, and what are its prospects? How significant is the industry for ensuring the country's energy security? How do coal companies manage to maintain their export potential in the face of sanctions and difficulties with rail transportation? How do inter-fuel competition and the fight against climate change affect the prospects for Russian coal exports to Asia?
ISBN 978-981-99-5370-7 (eBook)