IKEM is spearheading collaborative cross-border research to promote a just transition in coal regions.
The transition to a sustainable energy system requires a fundamental change in every sector, on every level and in all areas of society. A transformation of this magnitude and intensity will only succeed with broad support and active engagement on behalf of a majority of citizens. A future-proof economy must ensure broad social inclusion and benefit everyone, especially those who are most vulnerable.
While necessary and highly beneficial overall, the energy transition risks having a negative impact on carbon-intensive regions and sectors. Coal regions, once the backbone of industrial growth and prosperity, are now facing major challenges due to the decline of the coal industry: This decline threatens economic growth and employment, and often touches on deep matters of regional identity.