Just Transition Eastern and Southern Europe

The goal of this project is to develop tailor-made transition strategies for the economic transformation of specific regions in Bulgaria (Southwest Bulgaria), Greece (Western Macedonia), and Poland (Silesia) away from coal and towards sustainable economic activities.

Project

The goal of this project is to develop tailor-made transition strategies for the economic transformation of specific regions in Bulgaria (Southwest Bulgaria), Greece (Western Macedonia), and Poland (Silesia) away from coal and towards sustainable economic activities. Each transition plan will form the basis for advocating Just Transition pathways and region-specific options at national and EU level. This will be completed by a study dedicated to past experiences with transition in Germany. To ensure public acceptance and transparency, the project will include capacity building workshops in Bulgaria, Greece and Poland to engage local stakeholders, trade unions, journalists and civil society organisations as well as relevant regional, national, and EU decision makers. Furthermore, a study trip will be organised in each of the four countries gathering their relevant stakeholders to learn about the regional challenges, experience with transition so far, and meet local representatives, thus catalysing cross-fertilization of ideas amongst the stakeholders from the different regions. Finally, a range of advocacy activities will be conducted towards EU institutions with the objective of raising awareness on Just Transition so as to make it an integral component of European climate policy along with securing appropriate funding.

Retired Ptolemais lignite plant in Greece

The retired Ptolemais lignite plant and the Ptolemais open cast mine in Western Macedonia. Photo: Lea Vranicar, WWF Germany

Background

Phasing out fossil fuel based electricity generation, especially coal, is a prerequisite for fulfilling the European Union’s commitment to the Paris Agreement and the leadership role the EU strives to have in global climate policy. Such a major change must be accompanied by a comprehensive Just Transition strategy aiming at minimizing hardships for workers and their communities in the associated industries through active political and financial support as well as shifting local economies towards sustainable economic activities.

Project information

Updated: Mai 2018

Countries: Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Poland

Project duration: 10/17 - 02/20

Funding: 659,418 €

Target groups: Cities, towns and municipalities, Civil Society, Journalists, Labor Unions, NGOs, Regional governments

Implementing organisation:

Project Partners:
WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme

Website:
just-transition.info/

Contact Person

Mrs Juliette de Grandpré

Organisation: WWF Germany

Address:

Reinhardtstrasse 18
10117 Berlin
Germany

Email: juliette.degrandprewwf.de

Tel: +49 30 311 777 213

EUKI

The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):

This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). 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