Background

Initiative for Coal Regions in Transition in the EU (European Commission initiative)

The Platform for Coal Regions in Transition, established in 2017, helps European countries, regions, communities and workers to take on the challenge of diversifying the economy for required economic diversification of a clean energy transition.

  • Overview

    As governments, businesses and regions all around the world are moving beyond coal and carbon-intensive technologies, we must ensure no one is left behind. All Europeans should benefit from the shift away from fossil fuels. 

    The Platform for Coal Regions in Transition, established in 2017, helps European countries, regions, communities and workers to take on the challenge of diversifying the economy for required economic diversification of a clean energy transition.  

    Climate Strategies is part of the consortium that operates the Secretariat of the European Commission’s  Platform for Coal Regions in Transition until 2021, together with Ecorys (lead), Wuppertal Institut and ICLEI.

    More information available on ec.europa.eu/coal-regions-in-transition.

  • Impact

    The platform provides tailored support to coal regions in transition through operational in-country teams, bilateral discussions with Commission experts and  financing tools to fund transition planning.  

    The country teams work with national and regional authorities of Member States to encourage the preparation of transition strategies and priority projects. At present, 20 coal regions are actively participating in the initiative:

    • Silesia, Lower Silesia, Greater Poland, Lesser Poland (Poland)
    • Brandenburg, Saxony, Saxony Anhalt, North Rhine-Westphalia
      (Germany)
    • Moravia-Silesia, Usti, Karlovy Vary (Czechia)
    • Jiu Valley (Romania)
    • Western Macedonia (Greece)
    • Upper Nitra (Slovakia)
    • Asturias, Aragón, Castilla-y-León (Spain)
    • Zasavska, Savinjsko-Šaleška (Slovenia)
    • Midlands (Ireland)

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