Background

Supporting Smart Diversification of Silesian Industry

Silesia remains a carbon-intensive region with the highest concentration of coal-dependent jobs in the EU with a strong knowledge- and industrial-base in high carbon technologies. This project applied a systemic approach to low-emission diversifying industry, supported by relevant stakeholders, to enhance the flow of ideas and resources, contributing to the development of new, sustainable economic activities.

Year: 2018 Past Project

  • Overview

    Over the past decades, a deep restructuring of the regional economy has seen the development of low-emission activities in central Europe. Despite this, Silesia remains  a carbon-intensive region with the highest concentration of coal-dependent jobs in the EU with a strong knowledge- and industrial-base in high carbon technologies.

    The region is the largest hard coal producer in the EU (with annual production exceeding 50 Mt) and the business as usual pathway forward  will continue to place Silesia among the most polluted European regions. Further, it would increase the risk of the lock-in in regards to its industrial and economic infrastructure, which wouldfurther delay the reduction of the GHG emissions.

    While awareness of the restructuring challenge was steadily increasing,this project was the first to address the need for an industrial low carbon transition plan. 

    The project applied a systemic approach to low-emission diversifying industry, supported by relevant stakeholders, to enhance the flow of ideas and resources, contributing to the development of new, sustainable economic activities. Its comprehensively addressed GHG emissions across various stakeholders by targeting the research institutions and companies operating in the carbon-intensive sectors was an important component.

  • Objectives

    The project aimed 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.

  • Partners

    The EIT Climate-KIC Pathfinder Task consortium was 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 was developed with support from EIT Climate-KIC’s Re-Industrialise programme. 

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