Localizing governance of systemic risks: a case study of the Power of Siberia pipeline in Russia

Sidortsov, Roman, Ivanova, Aytalina and Stammler, Florian (2016) Localizing governance of systemic risks: a case study of the Power of Siberia pipeline in Russia. Energy Research and Social Science, 16. pp. 54-68. ISSN 2214-6296

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For the past three decades, risk has occupied center stage in the energy discourse. Systemic risks have proven particularly challenging for government energy planners and corporate executives, as they are characterized by their complexity, uncertainty, ambiguity, and ability to causing ripple effects throughout economic, social, and political structures. In this article we analyze two approaches to governing systemic risks arising out of energy megaprojects, one mandated under the Russian legal and regulatory regime and one employed by the largely indigenous hunters, fishermen, and reindeer herders residing in the Sakha Republic. Our study focuses on the 4000-km-long natural gas transmission system "Power of Siberia" to be constructed in the sub-Arctic part of the region. We employ a complimentary and corroborative analysis of legal texts, fieldwork observations, semi-structured interviews, and transcripts of official meetings. We establish that the approach to risk taken by the people who occupy the land that the Power of Siberia traverses could provide a useful insight for handling systemic risks in connection with pipeline transportation systems. We also determine that the current Russian legal and regulatory regime fails to provide an adequate basis for governing such risks. We conclude the article by identifying four pathways for integrating valuable elements of the indigenous approach into the current legal and regulatory framework.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Risk governance, Russian energy law and policy, Energy megaprojects, Indigenous peoples of the Arctic
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
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Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2020 11:00
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2021 14:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/95761

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