The global energy transition away from coal to renewable energy will have economic and social effects in coal regions in developing and emerging countries, threatening local livelihoods, economic activities and jobs, but also holding opportunities for sustainable, low carbon development. Regional decision makers play a decisive role in steering the transition and developing locally adapted solutions. But they often lack capacities and knowledge of how to best support the transition process. Against this background, the Wuppertal Institute has developed the Just Transition Toolbox for coal regions, a comprehensive compendium of experiences and good practices with references and links to existing handbooks, tools and guidelines.
Timon Wehnert, Co-Head of the Research Unit International Energy Transitions at the Wuppertal Institute, will moderate the expert exchange on 10 May 2023. Jannis Beutel, Junior Researcher in the same research unit, will present the Toolbox to give users an overview of the available guidelines. In addition, other experts from coal regions around the world will share examples from their regions and discuss the challenges they are facing.
The exchange is held as part of the "The Just Energy Transition in Coal Regions – Interregional Platform" (JET-CR Platform) project, a joint German-EU project implemented in eight countries. The project aims to make a substantial contribution to accelerating the transition away from a coal based, unsustainable energy system towards a net zero emission and climate resilient energy system, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from coal use, while ensuring environmental protection, inclusive and sustainable economic development with decent employment opportunities along with social protection in selected coal regions in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The project is co-financed by the International Climate Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action and the European Union.
Further information and a registration form can be found via the following link.