Over the past 50 years, Nord-Pas-de-Calais has taken ambitious measures to cultivate new local industries. Recently, the region released an innovative master plan for a carbon-free economy. Loos-en-Gohelle provides a blueprint for successful community-led energy transitions.
After the development of a regional master plan, rev3 was created to accelerate the transition to a carbon-free society by 2050. Rev3 currently maintains an investment fund of €40 million, as well as a savings account of €17 million that enables citizens to support regional transformation projects.
|Size (sq. km)||12,412||549,089|
|Population per sq. km||4,041,766||67,063,703|
|Population density (people/sq. km)||326.7|
|GDP per capita||€27,900||€35,000|
Today, there are no active coal mines or coal power plants in Nord-Pas-de-Calais.
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In contrast to most of Nord-Pas-de- Calais, the coal community of Loos-en-Gohelle took early action to implement a sustainable transition process following the closure of the local mine. Until 1986, Loos-en-Gohelle was one of the main coal-mining towns in Nord-Pas-de-Calais. It is now considered a best-practice example of a community-led energy transition. Today, the city is a tourist destination and a centre for green research and development.