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Economic Analysis: Theory and Practice

Evaluation of the environmental security of industrial regions: Evidence from the Kemerovo Oblast

Vol. 19, Iss. 3, MARCH 2020

Received: 25 December 2018

Received in revised form: 16 January 2019

Accepted: 1 February 2019

Available online: 30 March 2020


JEL Classification: Q52, Q53, Q57, Q58

Pages: 475–492


Radionova E.A. T.F. Gorbachev Kuzbass State Technical University (KuzSTU), Kemerovo, Russian Federation

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Slesarenko E.V. T.F. Gorbachev Kuzbass State Technical University (KuzSTU), Kemerovo, Russian Federation

ORCID id: not available

Subject The article studies the technological footprint of mining enterprises on the region's environmental system, especially in the vicinity of their location.
Objectives The research evaluates the technological footprint of coal mining enterprises on the region's environmental system, substantiates the continuing reporting and statistical monitoring of environmental indicators. We also analyze the ratio of current indicators to thresholds and identify menacing environmental trends.
Methods The research involves the method of environmental security assessment by pollution and water contamination. We also apply methods of statistical observation, consolidation and grouping of statistical materials, absolute and relative statistical values, analytical and synthetic methods.
Results The article describes the environmental specifics of the industrially advanced region with the predominance of the mining industry. We conducted the environmental monitoring by air and water contamination and point out the main environmental challenges and disparity of the region's environmental and economic well-being. We captured the correlation of the industrial development level, use of natural resources, environmental situation, finance of natural protection activities and public health. The article presents our recommendations for improving the environmental situation.
Conclusions The governmental involvement is not enough to eliminate the environmental challenges if there are no effective set of environmental standards in the region. The region's environmental situation cannot be improved if the social and environmental liability of most coal business owners and management is raised. It is necessary to tighten the governmental control and increase the social and environmental liability of industrial enterprises for their operations.

Keywords: environmental problem, environment, industrial region


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