International Round Table on the Future of Coal

26th February 2019, Cape Town, South Africa

On 26-27th February, Coal Transitions held two events in Cape Town, South Africa, focused on the transition from coal both at the global level and in South Africa. These events, held after the publication of 22 documents since 2017 by our project, marks the closure of the current. stage of the project.

On the 26th, we convened the International Round Table on the Future of Coal, where experts, researchers, NGOs, government officials and representatives from trade unions and energy and mining businesses for all over the world gathered to discuss the current situation of the thermal coal sector. With decreasing levels of employment from coal while cleaner alternative energy technologies are becoming more cost-effective, coal still remains a key component for the socio-economic fabric in specific regions, making the transition from coal a pressing issue across the world and a growing concern for policymakers, societies and economies.

The round table was kick-started with an outlook at the future of the thermal coal sector, followed by discussions on expectations from stakeholders, past and current experiences of coal transitions and the way forward for the sector.

This global-level discussion was followed on the next day by the Symposium on a Just Coal Transition for South Africa, where both South African and international participants discussed the the future of the country’s coal sector and how to manage a just transition.

For both events, Coal Transitions was supported by the Stanley Foundation.

Coal Transitions at COP24 Katowice

Implementing Coal Transitions to Raise Climate Ambition

Date: Thursday 6th December, 16:45 – 18:15    

The event presented research results on feasible trajectories and policy guidance for coal transitions in 6 major coal-producing countries: India, China, Australia, South Africa, Germany and Poland. It will take into account the declining coal demand and growth of alternative energy options.

NEW! Download the final agenda and watch the video on demand of the side event.

Presentations available to download.

Coal Transitions in Poland: What Might Feasible, Fair and Consistent with the Paris Agreement (below 2° C) Pathways Look Like?

Date: Monday 10th December, 13:00 – 17:00

During COP24, the future of the Polish coal sector will once again come under the spotlight. This event brought together different stakeholders representing governments, coal sector, labour unions, civil society and academia to discuss the transition in coal sector and its consequences.

Read our blog post on the event.

Fossil Fuel Supply and Climate Policy: An International Conference

Date: 24th and 25th September 2018  

Location: The Queen’s College, Oxford, UK

During this conference, several members of the country teams as well as representatives from IDDRI will present on final results of the Coal Transition project.

Presentations will include:

  • Tara Caetano, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability – Africa: South Africa’s coal transition: the socio-economic implications of a 2-degree consistent pathway
  • Pao-Yu Oei, University of Technology Berlin: A historical case study on coal transition in Germany
  • Oliver Sartor, IDDRI: Policy pathways for 2°C-compatible coal transitions in major coal-producing economies: insights from an international research project
  • Frank Jotzo, Centre for Climate Economics and Policy, The Australian National University: Coal taxes as an economic instrument for structural adjustment
  • Jesse Burton, Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town: Panel discussion on ‘The nature, scale, and politics of fossil fuel production subsidies
  • Hanna Brauers, University of Technology Berlin: The political economy of coal in Poland: Drivers and hurdles for a shift away from fossil fuels;
  • Andrea Carolina Cardoso Diaz, Universidad del Magdalena and Roman Mendelevitch, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin: Unexpected effects of a diminishing carbon budget: The Colombian coal resource curse
  • Franziska Holz, DIW Berlin: Coal phase-out implications for the international steam coal market: The risk of asset stranding in the COALMOD-World model;
  • Chris Bataille, IDDRI/Simon Fraser University: What does “keeping in the ground” mean for current fossil fuel producers, dependent on the jobs and tax revenue?

Workshop “African region awareness creation workshop to maximize the positive and minimize the negative impacts of implementation of Climate Change response measures”

Date: 26th -28th September 2018

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Organizers: UNFCCC together with ILO and the government of South Africa

During this workshop, the South Africa team (Bryce McCall, UCT) will present on their work on impacts of transition in the coal sector as part of the Coal Transition project. The workshop will bring together 30-40 negotiators from around the world on the topic of response measures at the UNFCCC and experts from various multilateral development agencies and research institutions working on the topic.

2018 International Conference on Coal Phase-out & Energy Transition

Date: 1st -2nd October 2018

Location: Lotte Buyeo Resort, Chungcheongnam-do, Republic of Korea

Organizers: Chungnam Institute

During this conference, the Australia team (Salim Mazouz) will present lessons from the Coal Transition project for the Republic of Korea’s phase out strategy. The conference will bring together high-level government officials, experts and local governments. The conference is intended to discuss global trends in the phase-out of coal-fired power generation and share best practices with leading local governments overseas which have experiences in coal phase-out policies and alternatives.

Coal Transitions: A Symposium on current research

Date: 12th April 2018     

Location: Australian National University (ANU), Crawford School of Public Policy 

In this symposium, early results from the international Coal Transitions research project and research getting underway as part of the Energy Transition Research Hub were presented.

Presentations included:

  • Scenarios for global coal use and Australian coal production and trade;
  • Research on South Africa’s coal industry;
  • Supply-side policy options such as taxes on coal production;
  • Lessons from the closure of the Hazelwood power station for a ‘just transition’;
  • Lessons from industrial transformation and regional renewal in Europe’s old industrial regions;
  • Tracing employment effects of coal power plant closure.

More information is available on the ANU website