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Driving Change: How to implement a successful regional just transition

First-hand recommendations from coal+ regions in transition

Recognising climate change as a global threat, many EU countries have committed to phasing out coal-fired power plants by the 2030s and 2040s.

This brochure summarises key takeaways from 17 exchanges conducted throughout the exchangeEU programme, set up by the EU Commission under its Initiative for coal regions in transition to further support coal+ regions as they reduce dependence on fossil fuels.  

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This brochure highlights common challenges, participating exchange regions, and best practices, with a focus on transition strategies, governance and participation, sustainable economic diversification and employment, and environmental rehabilitation and cultural heritage. It demonstrates that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for implementing a just transition but that each state and region must tailor the process to their specific circumstances and challenges, charting their own path toward a fairer and fossil-free future.

The exchanges have, however, revealed that many regions face similar obstacles and that learning from each other’s experiences can be extremely beneficial. The overall aim is to provide this information to practitioners and policymakers throughout Europe and beyond who may encounter similar challenges.  

More information about exchangeEU can be found here. 

This video provides an overview of the results of the exchangeEU programme, the EU’s exchange programme for coal, lignite, peat, and oil shale (coal+) regions in transition.

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