Environmental problems of Russia and potential of its power industry for their solution

V. A. Ivanenko

University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

E-mail: ivanenko60@yahoo.com

Abstract. The article examines potential integration of government initiativesin the field of environmental protection and policies aimed at the development of energy sector of the Russian Federation. The analysis, carried out on the ba-sis of national ecological projects and the energy strategy of the Russian Federation, reveals that the two planning areas are practically disjoint. This indicates that integrated approach towards solving the issue of global warming through modification of energy supply and demand patterns, which is dominant in many Western countries, has little political support in Russia. The article concludes that the goal to combat climate change, pronounced by the Russian government, has not been followed through in the factual government plans.

Keywords: environmental problems, energy policy, struggle with climatechanges