Supporting Smart Diversification of the Silesian Industrial Base

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Overview

Despite deep restructuring of the regional economy, which over the past decades enabled development of new, low-emission economic activities, Silesia is still a carbon-intensive region with the highest concentration of coal-dependent jobs in the EU and a strong knowledge- and industrial-base in high carbon technologies.

The region is not only the largest hard coal producer in the EU (with annual production exceeding 50 Mt), but also a major cluster of heavy industries and coal-based power production. Taking into account the path dependencies that have been created and reinforced over the past decades within this cluster, the business as usual situation will continue to place Silesia among the most polluted European regions and increase the risk of the lock-in in regards to its industrial and economic infrastructure, which would
further delay the reduction of the GHG emissions.

In order to preserve industrial competitiveness during the ongoing transition, new, sustainable economic activities based on its existing strengths and potentials have to be developed in Silesia.

The awareness of the restructuring challenge is steadily increasing (e.g. Silesia is heavily involved in the EC Coal Regions Platform). Nevertheless, there is still potential for improvement. In particular, no industrial low-carbon transition plan has been developed yet.

The project aims to apply a systemic approach to low-emission industrial diversification, supported by relevant stakeholders, that will enhance the flow of ideas and resources, contributing to the development of new, sustainable economic activities. Its design  to comprehensively addresses the GHG emissions across various stakeholders by targeting the research institutions and companies operating in the carbon-intensive sectors is also an important component.

Objectives

The project aims to:

  • Develop and test a methodology concept that can link existing regional competencies and strengths in the area of high-carbon technologies with new low-carbon market opportunities.
  • Enhance cooperation between regional stakeholders focused on high-carbon activities with the European community of stakeholders focused on developing climate-friendly innovations, in particular within the Climate-KIC framework.

Team

The EIT Climate-KIC Pathfinder Task consortium is formed of WiseEuropa (national project partner and consortium lead), the Central Mining Institute [GIG] (regional project partner), and Climate Strategies (European/International project partner).

This project is developed with support from EIT Climate-KIC’s Re-Industrialise programme. 

Climate Strategies is an Officer Partner of EIT Climate-KIC.

 

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