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Initiative for coal regions in transition

Assisting regions in preparing, developing and implementing transition-related activities.


About the initiative

The Initiative for coal regions in transition assists EU countries and coal regions tackling challenges related to the transition to a low-carbon economy. It aims to support public administrations and other relevant stakeholders by:

  • connecting stakeholders by facilitating dialogue among regions and the wider stakeholder community, promoting good practices and cooperation, and organising working groups and high-level political events,
  • delivering tailored technical assistance and capacity-building to help coal regions to transition from the carbon-intensive era towards a clean energy future,
  • providing supportive resources through helpful information on sources and support materials, which include toolkits, guidelines and reports covering key transition issues for coal regions such as governance, environmental rehabilitation, employment, financing, clean air and clean technologies.

EU coal, peat and oil shale regions

EU coal, peat and oil shale regions are defined as NUTS-2 regions (basic regions for the application of regional policies) of the EU with over 100 jobs in coal, peat or oil shale extraction in 2018, according to JRC sources. They are represented on the map below:


Since early 2019, a secretariat manages all initiative activities jointly with the European Commission. The secretariat is co-run by Ecorys, Climate Strategies, ICLEI Europe and the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy. Together, they bring a unique blend of skills and competencies to support coal regions in transition.


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