Coal Transition in Poland: How can the Polish coal sector meet Paris Agreement goals?

Outcomes from our workshop in Katowice, Poland, on 10th December 2018

On 10th December 2018, as part of the Coal Transitions project, IBS, together with IDDRI and Climate Strategies, organised a workshop on the pathways for transition for the coal sector in Poland. The event gathered specialists on transitions presenting their research outputs, followed by a roundtable with representatives from Polish regional governments, trade union, environmental NGOs and research centres.

For full details on the outcome, please visit the report on the event at


COP24 Schedule

Overview of Climate Strategies’ activities at COP24 (3-14 Dec. 2018)

Climate Strategies co-hosted and took part of a number of side events at COP24 in Katowice, Poland, in December 2018. The schedule of events is published below.

We also had an exhibit booth for the two weeks, co-hosted with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the University of Eastern Finland (UEF). Here we presented updates on our projects, publications and events. 

On Friday 30th November, Climate Strategies also contributed to the Annual Political Dialogue of the European Commissions’ Platform for Coal Regions in Transition. The agenda is available to download.

Just Transition for All: Solid Research Evidence and Implementation Pathways


Monday, 3rd December 2018
Time: 12:00 – 16:30
Location: Poland Pavilion

As part of the “Just Transition Day”, this event is an attempt to offer a more structured interaction between relevant research and Just Transition drivers within the UN process and with Parties. 

More information can be found on the agenda and the background material.

NEW Policy Brief: Implementing Just Transition after COP24 (published 30 January 2019)

Presentations from the event

 Flash Briefing: Implementing a Research-led Just Transition (document produced in preparation for the January 2019 policy brief on just transition)

IPCC Special Report on 1.5° C: Regional Perspectives – Asia

Wednesday, 5th December 2018
Time: 16:30 – 18:00
Location: IPCC Pavilion

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More information on the IPCC Pavilion website.

 Increasing Ambition in the Low-Carbon Transition: Challenges and Implications of the 1.5 and 2 degree Targets

Thursday 6th December 2018
Time: 14:30
Location: EU Pavilion, Room Brussels

This side events aims to provide answers to a number of key questions on how to reach the goal of the Paris Agreement, using evidence from Horizon2020 and LIFE funded projects. Further information can be found on the project event page.

Implementing Coal Transitions to Raise Climate Ambition 

Thursday 6th December 2018
Time: 16:45
Location: Narew Side Event Room 3 (Area G)

The event will present research results on feasible trajectories and policy guidance for coal transitions in 6 major coal-producing countries: India, China, Australia, South Africa, Germany and Poland. It will take into account the declining coal demand and growth of alternative energy options.

For more information, please consult the agenda

Presentations available on the Coal Transitions website.

Toolkit for Low Carbon Smart Transition  and Industrial Diversification in Silesia

Friday 7th December 2018
Time: 13:00-17:00
Location: Central Mining Institute (GIG) 

The event will be split into two sessions. The first will present a selection of tools, proposed modifications and example data for the Smart Specialisation online platform (S3). The second will present a concept of methodology for linking of existing regional competencies in the area of traditional emission-intensive industries with new low-emission market opportunities. 

Both sessions will be followed by discussion and feedback from stakeholders to inform the future development of S3 and potential for its take-up by the institutions supporting regional development in Silesia and other regions.

Register your attendance here

Agenda: Toolkit for Low Carbon Smart Transition

Award ceremony: 22nd Fellowship Programme of DBU (German Federal Environmental Foundation) for Central and Eastern Europe / Discussion panel: “Energy strategies: from local to global level”

Friday 7th December 2018
Time: 14:00-17:00
Location: Park Inn Hotel, Katowice

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More information on the organiser’s websites (Polish and German). 

Climate Strategies meeting for members, partners and supporters

Saturday 8th December 2018
Time and location tbc.

Please note that this is an invite-only event. Please email us if you would like further information.

What’s at stake at COP24? From Paris to Katowice – International climate diplomacy explained

Saturday 8th December 2018
Time: 16:00-17:30
Location: City of Katowice’s tent at Market Square, Katowice

More information on the event’s website.

Coal Transitions in Poland: What might feasible, fair and consistent with the Paris Agreement (below 2°C) pathways look like?

Monday 10th December 2018
Time: 13:00 – 17:00
Location: Central Mining Institute (GIG), Mining Room – sala górnicza)

During COP24, the future of the Polish coal sector will once again come under the spotlight. This event will bring together different stakeholders representing governments, coal sector, labour unions, civil society and academia to discuss the transition in coal sector and its consequences.

Register your attendance here (Deadline: 7th December)

Just transition of mining regions (at Towards a New Climate)

Tuesday 11th December 2018
Time: 10:30 – 12:00
Location: Galeria Szyb Wilson, ul. Oswobodzenia 1 
40-403 Katowice. Phone: 
+48 32 730 32 20

The panel will discuss the economic and social challenges in the ecological modernisation of coal and lignite-mining regions, possible decarbonisation strategies, stakeholder engagement, a changing job market and the need to build a competitive economy. 

Video of the panel:

More information at event website.

Market instruments for more ambitious climate action: how to adjust national policies in a bilateral or global market?

Tuesday, 22nd of May 2018

Mexico City, Mexico

The Climate Initiative of Mexico (ICM) and Climate Strategies will be holding a roundtable discussion: Market instruments for more ambitious climate action: how to adjust national policies in a bilateral or global market?.

With the participation of Prof. Michael Mehling, Deputy Director of the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, Member of Climate Strategies and specialist in the subject, the objective of the discussion is to establish an enriching dialogue on how to promote the development of market instruments in the climatic action. This discussion is aimed at actors with an interest in international trade, climate policies, tax and subsidies for fossil fuels, and the Emissions Trading System.

The event will take place 10:00 – 13:00 on May 22nd  at the offices of the ICM. For more information about the event, please email

*This roundtable is part of the Climate Strategies project, “Making the International Trading System Work for Climate Change” funded by the KR Foundation.  Further information can be found on the project webpage.

4th Global Climate Policy Conference (GCPC)
‘Harnessing Research for Climate Ambition and Transparency’

16th – 17th August 2018

São Paulo, Brazil

Climate Strategies (CS), Instituto Clima et Sociedade (ICS), Iniciativa Climática de Mexico (ICM) and Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s Regional Programme on Energy Security and Climate Change in Latin America (EKLA-KAS) held the 4th Global Climate Policy Conference (GCPC)  ‘Harnessing Research for Climate Ambition and Transparency‘, on the 16th and 17th of August 2018 at FGV São Paulo, Brazil.

The Paris Agreement (PA), which entered into force in early November 2016, has been recognised as a key milestone in fighting climate change. However, much support is still needed both to help countries deliver on their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and strenghen current NDCs, as most are deemed insufficient to achieve the overarching objectives of the PA.

The Facilitative “Talanoa” Dialogue and the PA rulebook (processes scheduled for finalisation during the UNFCCC COP24 in Katowice in 2018) will require all countries to elaborate their NDC implementation strategies and further increase their ambition. As part of this process, the research community has a major role to play helping countries explore new ideas and approaches.


The GCPC is an annual event that brings together representatives of both the research and policy communities in different regions of the world. For the 4th edition, the conference offered an opportunity for stakeholders to identify and explore the challenges and opportunities faced as countries implement NDCs under the PA, as well as work towards the overall transition towards low-carbon development.

For 2018, the GCPC convened a vibrant debate around effective and innovative options by and for the Latin American (LATAM) region in their implementation of NDCs.

We invited researchers to submit their ideas to the GCPC, in the form of abstracts. Submitted abstracts were advised to focus on the following thematic areas:

  • Governance structures to support the implementation and progressive strengthening of NDCs;
  • Climate benefits of and emission reductions from land use, land use change and forestry;
  • Scaling up and ensuring the efficient allocation of climate finance and investment;
  • Policy frameworks to promote the deployment and sustainable integration of renewable energy;
  • Aligning climate and trade agendas at the regional and international level;
  • Advancing sustainable mobility and low-carbon public transport in megacities;
  • Strategies for robust climate adaptation and resilient infrastructure;
  • Implementing the Gender Action Plan – Methodologies for assessing gender impact on climate policy.


Contributions consisted of a mix of analyses (including of NDCs, existing policy frameworks, data availability to assess progress, capacity gaps, etc.), innovative ideas to foster implementation, and tools to support policy decisions.

The presentations for each session are available to download below.

NEW! You can find here the conference report. 


 Photography by Ricardo Lisboa, Yantra Imagens

Presentations (more…)

2nd Workshop for the Climate Friendly Materials (CFM) Platform Workshop

Friday, 16th of March 2018

Berlin, Germany

Continuing on from the 1st workshop held in October 2017, the 2nd workshop served to discuss the current impact of available individual policy instruments that can impact the three decision modes for sustainable development in the basic materials sector (i.e. engagement and mandates, markets and prices, strategic investment) and enhance multiple mitigation options.

The workshop comprised of 4 sessions:

Session 1: Experience from individual policy instruments. This session discussed individual policy instruments with the objective to assess i) experience of the instrument in use; ii) how the instrument impacts decisions; and iii) what mitigation options the instrument can support.

Session 2: How to define a policy package to address the mitigation options? This session first discussed the criteria for good design of policy package for the material sector and second, if a subset of potential policy instruments can be sufficient to unlock individual mitigation options (based on this criteria).

Session 3 – What are trade-offs between instruments in a policy package? This session tested whether, in an (existing) policy package, trade-offs between different policy instrument can be better assessed, with on three examples.

Session 4 – How do policies interact in a package? This session aimed to address what help is needed to explain the logic of a policy package and to manage its implementation to support the portfolio of mitigation options.

The event brought together input from a range of stakeholders, including government and industry stakeholders, for feedback into the platforms’ research. A summary of the workshop will be available to download shortly.

This was an invite-only event. For more information about this workshop or the project, please contact us at:

How to make International Trade Policy Supportive of the Paris Agreement

Wednesday, 13 December 2017
14.00 – 15.30
Room 511 at the NGO Centre (CCK Cultural Centre), Buenos Aires, Argentina


The adoption of the Paris Agreement 2015 has created a new context for the interface between climate change and trade policy. Various national policy measures with trade consequences are contemplated in nationally determined contributions (NDCs), with international trade as a facilitator for achieving numerous climate goals. Moreover, calls for trade measures have intensified following the announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Agreement.

Trade rules and environmental protection should be made mutually supportive, in particular with a view to climate change. In light of recent developments both in the trade and in the climate regimes, there is a need to explore new potentials and pitfalls of the trade and climate policy nexus.

Against this background, this side event seeks to contribute to improving the understanding of the interface between trade and climate change policy. As leaving the fate of climate action to the WTO’s dispute system creates uncertainty, a set of general regulatory options that have been identified for trade and climate policy makers to pursue will be presented and discussed. Furthermore, institutional and procedural aspects of future interactions between the regimes of the UN, WTO and regional free trade agreements are elaborated. Last but not least, we will highlight the role of Argentina and the EU for bringing about mutual supportiveness.

The agenda is available to download.

COP23 Schedule

Climate Strategies co-hosted various side events at COP23 in Bonn, in November 2017. Please find an overview of the events below.

We also had an exhibit for the entire two weeks, co-hosted with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the University of Eastern Finland (UEF). Here we presented updates on our projects, publications and events.

International Climate Governance and the Role of the EU in the Implementation of the Paris Agreement

Tuesday, November 7th 2017
Time: 10:00 – 11:30
Location: EU Pavilion

The event presented recent work for the ongoing COP21 RIPPLES project, focused on low-carbon transition and socio-economic implications of the Paris Agreement and the role of international climate governance.

All presentations and further information can be found on the project event page.

Policy Design for a Climate-Friendly Materials Sector

Tuesday, November 7th 2017
Time: 14:30 – 16:00
Location: UK Pavilion

The event presented three cases from industry experts from the steel, cement and chemical sectors, providing comments on the challenges faced for decarbonisation and innovation in these sectors. This was followed by presentations from experts on policy options that governments can implement. The event was concluded with a discussion of what policy mix is necessary to facilitate climate friendly options in the basic materials sector.

The agenda and presentations are available for download.


The Role of Trade Policy in the Post-Paris Climate World

Wednesday, November 8th 2017
Time: 14:00 – 16:00
Location: DIE, Interconnections Zones

This side-event focused on the relationship between international trade and climate change policy. It presented options on how research can contribute to improving the understanding of the interface between trade and climate change policy.

The agenda and presentations are available for download.


Roundtable Dinner: Making the International Trade System more Supportive of the Paris Agreement

Friday, November 10th 2017
Time: 18:30 – 21:00
Location: Restaurant Konrad’s, Bonn Marriott World Conference Hotel

This Roundtable Dinner brought together practitioners and researchers for an in-depth discussion, focusing on options related to border carbon adjustments, fossil fuel subsidies, as well as options addressing institutional relations between climate and trade.


  • Cleo Verkuijl (SEI) – Reforming Fossil Fuel Subsidies through International Trade Agreements
  • Michael Mehling (MIT) – Designing Border Carbon Adjustments (BCA’s) that Work for the Climate

Implementing Coal Transitions to Raise Climate Ambition*  

Wednesday, November 15th 2017
Time: 11:30 – 13:00
Location: Bonn Zone, Room 9 (100)

This event presented and discussed emerging insights from this ongoing project ‘Coal Transitions’. It explores the implications and aims to make policy recommendations for implementing coal transition strategies that are “+2°C-compatible” in six major producing and/consuming countries. Discussion included feedback from a trade unions perspective on Just Transition.


Thursday, 19th of October 2017

Crozet, France (Close to Geneva)

The adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015 created a new context for the interface between climate change and trade policy. Various measures with trade consequences are contemplated in the national climate pledges put forward under the Agreement, and calls for trade measures have intensified following the announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Agreement.

This changing context draws attention to the role of the international trading system in the response to climate change, including the World Trade Organization (WTO) as well as regional and plurilateral trade agreements. Though much emphasis has been placed on how international trade rules could conflict with climate policies in the wake of the rulings on renewable energy subsidies, this workshop seeks to explore how the trading system could make a positive contribution towards achieving climate objectives.

The workshop brought together practitioners and researchers from the climate and trade communities for an in-depth and substantive discussion, focusing on options related to border carbon adjustments, fossil fuel subsidies, as well as options addressing institutional relations between climate and trade. The workshop presented interim findings on those options from an ongoing Climate Strategies project, with a view to informing and engaging trade and climate policy-makers.

The agenda and presentations are available to download. Two policy briefs, on tackling fossil fuel subsidies and designing border carbon adjustments for climate, are available to download.

For more information about the project, please visit the project webpage or contact us at:

Friday, 20th of October 2017

Berlin, Germany

Building on our existing project ‘The Role of Policy for a Climate Friendly Materials Sector’, we held a workshop to officially launch the Climate Friendly Materials (CFM) platform.

At this workshop, we explored what elements need to be put in place at the European and Member State level to allow for large scale emission reductions from material production.

Based on the feedback received during the course of the project, the workshop comprised two elements:

Part 1: How can public policy makers decide on what technologies/projects to support?

We will explore how programmes and projects can be designed to achieve the desired learning benefit, both for technology providers and for users. This involves the question: “How to make decisions on awarding support to reflect for example the potential for global diffusion of low-carbon technologies or the transformation potential as anticipated for example in sector road maps?“.

Part 2: How to design public financial support to stimulate private innovation investments that contribute to transformation? 

We will discuss a set of the questions on this topic, including:

  • Can funding-schemes topping-up private investments rely on private commitment and thus reduce public information requirements (to enhance reliability for commercial projects)?
  • Could these schemes contribute to diffusion of learning experience beyond the specific commercial interest?
  • How can financing instruments be results-oriented to ensure innovation being on track with long-term sustainability strategies?
  • Which financial instruments are most appropriate for what type of projects?
  • How far should funding go  and what are the incentives from funding strategies?

This is an invite only event. For more information about this workshop or the project, or if you are interested in attending this event, please contact us at:

On October 3rd, in Katowice (Silesia, Poland) stakeholders of the regional development and coal sector will discuss the future of their region.

Silesia is a Polish region where, until recently, the mining sector was one of the strongest pillars of economic development. The region will be particularly vulnerable to structural changes to the industry, the labour market and the energy sector.

The meeting discussed the just transition in Polish regions whose economies are based on coal, with a special focus on Silesia. It highlighted the lessons learned from past industrial restructurings, assessing how to better prepare for upcoming changes, both in the social and economic spheres.

The main objectives of the workshop were to:

  • Discuss the challenges and policy options for a just coal phase-out in Poland;
  • Ensure an exchange of information between local industry/ business experts and researchers.

This event is part of the IDDRI and Climate Strategies-led project, co-organised with the Polish partner of the project – the Institute for Structural Research (IBS). It is funded by the KR Foundation, with additional support from the European Climate Foundation.

This was an invite only event. For further information, please email: