Just Transition Lab

Assisting coal regions in Poland and Germany in planning their transitions in a participatory manner, thereby creating a replicable model for other coal regions.


European coal regions are in the process of creating their transition plans. For several reasons, many regions struggle to make this a participatory process: lack of up-to-date information, of knowledge on available solutions, and of experience in involving all stakeholders. Yet, there is time to fill this gap, as the drafting processes of territorial just transition plans are still ongoing. This offers a good opportunity to try and test new ways for more ambitious and more democratic transition planning.

Discussing the Just Transition.

Discussing the Just Transition. Photo: (c) Polska Zielona Siec


The project focuses its respective activities on two regions: Eastern Wielkopolska in Poland and Lausitz in Germany. It provides local communities with a forum for inclusive debate. The forum invites citizens to address the region’s specific problems, seek solutions, and formulate concrete project ideas. The project also offers access to policy updates, best practices, useful information, and opportunities for networking and exchange of ideas between Eastern Wielkopolska and Lausitz. Over the course of two years, the project organises a series of stakeholder meetings, workshops, and trainings addressing local governments, local businesses, miners, NGOs, and civil society representatives. Furthermore, the project organises two study visits to the respective partner country. The project communicates all relevant activities via its online channels and through media work. The project results are later presented at a final conference.

Project information

Updated: April 2021

Countries: Germany, Poland

Project duration: 10/20 - 09/22

Funding: 361,051 €

Target groups: Cities, towns and municipalities, Civil Society, Regional governments

Implementing organisation: Alliance of Associations Polish Green Network

Partners: Ecologic Institute gGmbH, Let's Change Konin Association, Lusatian Perspectives

Contact Person:

Ms Monika Zwierz

Alliance of Associations Polish Green Network

Ul. Raszyńska 32/44 lok. 140
02-026 Warsaw



The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):

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The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):

This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information on the EUKI: www.euki.de