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Does Russia have the Potential for a Change in Climate Policy?

For many years, the climate change agenda has had little or no relevance for Russia, one of the world’s leading suppliers of oil, gas and coal. But now the situation is changing. The country is realising the risks of climate change, both in their physical and economic forms.

As other countries, many of which are buying fossil fuels from Russia, are announcing their decarbonisation plans, raising their climate ambition and setting net zero carbon goals, Russia’s future will depend on its ability to diversify its economy, decarbonise the energy sector and develop renewable energy solutions, also taking in the hydrogen economy. In this article for the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), GDL member Angelina Davydova comments on the driving forces in Russia’s climate policy and economics and analyses whether changes can happen in the foreseeable future.

You can find more information on the topic in a dossier on “Climate Change in the Post-Soviet Space”, published by the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) and edited by your fellow GDL member Eleonora Tafuro Ambrosetti who herself also wrote a commentary on climate change action in the post-Soviet region.

Published on May 27, 2021.

About the Angelina Davydova

Angelina is an environmental journalist specialized in economic and political aspects of global and Russian climate policy and continuously promotes international cooperation in the environmental and climate fields. 

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Angelina Davydova

Angelina Davydova is an environmental journalist from Saint Petersburg, Russia, and regularly contributes to Russian and international media, including the Kommersant, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and Science magazine. She specializes in economic and political aspects of global and Russian climate policy, and has been covering the UN climate negotiations since 2008.

She teaches at the Saint Petersburg State University School of Journalism and the Saint Petersburg National research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics. She is also Director of the Office of Environmental Information in Saint Petersburg (a non-profit organization focusing on developing environmental journalism in Russia and neighbouring countries and promoting international cooperation in the environmental and climate fields).

She was a Reuters Foundation Fellow at Oxford University in 2006 and was a participant of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) at UC Berkeley in 2012. In 2018-2019, she was a Humphrey Fellow at UC-Davis. 

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Read more about her thoughts on how to navigate climate change in Russia here. Or read more about her travel experiences here.

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Eleonora Tafuro Ambrosetti

Dr Eleonora Tafuro Ambrosetti is a research fellow at the Russia, Caucasus and Central Asia Centre at ISPI. Prior to that, she was a Marie Curie Fellow based at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey, where she completed her PhD.

She had research stays at the Saint Petersburg State University and at the London headquarters of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Eleonora Tafuro Ambrosetti worked as a junior researcher at the Brussels office of the Foundation for International Relations and Foreign Dialogue (FRIDE) and as a research assistant at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB).

She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Salento, an MA in European Studies from the University of Roma Tre, and an MRes in International Relations from the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI).

Her areas of interest include Russian foreign policy and soft power, EU-Russia and Russia-Turkey relations, and EU neighbourhood policies (especially with Eastern neighbours). Eleonora Tafuro Ambrosetti is a member of the WIIS (Women in International Security), an international network dedicated to increasing the influence of women in the field of foreign and defence policy. In addition to her native Italian, she speaks English, Spanish and French fluently and she has a working knowledge of Turkish and Russian.

Angelina Davydova

Angelina Davydova is an environmental journalist from Saint Petersburg, Russia, and regularly contributes to Russian and international media, including the Kommersant, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and Science magazine. She specializes in economic and political aspects of global and Russian climate policy, and has been covering the UN climate negotiations since 2008.

She teaches at the Saint Petersburg State University School of Journalism and the Saint Petersburg National research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics. She is also Director of the Office of Environmental Information in Saint Petersburg (a non-profit organization focusing on developing environmental journalism in Russia and neighbouring countries and promoting international cooperation in the environmental and climate fields).

She was a Reuters Foundation Fellow at Oxford University in 2006 and was a participant of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) at UC Berkeley in 2012. In 2018-2019, she was a Humphrey Fellow at UC-Davis. 

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Read more about her thoughts on how to navigate climate change in Russia here. Or read more about her travel experiences here.

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