V.Y. Putilov, I.V. Putilova, E.А. Malikova, National Research University “Moscow Power Engineering Institute”, Russia

The article presents a situation in the field of coal ash handling in Russia, U.S., India and EU member-states. The main barriers to efficient use of coal ash in Russia are considered. The examples of international projects on informing the world community on the coal ash handling problem are given. The question of specialists’ training in this area is highlighted. The aftereffects of incomprehension and ignoring by the power companies’ management the role of science and the system of education in solving the ecological and coal ash handling issues are considered. Basic directions of activity for effective solution of the coal ash handling problem are stated.