05. December 2022Welcome to the latest CINTRAN network newsletter!

Dear reader! The CINTRAN project gladly provides you with the latest coaltransitions news. We report on challenges and theoretical tools for carbon-intensive transitions, a global inventory of coping strategies used to respond to decarbonisation efforts, and review Just Transition activities at the recent COP27 climate summit. Enjoy the read!

Drawing lessons from carbon carbon-intensive transitions: Three challenges and theoretical tools

Phasing out coal, oil, and gas is one of the most pressing climate mitigation challenges. How can these fuels be phased out justly and what is the role of fossil fuel dependent regions in resisting or adapting to change? The CINTRAN project developed theoretical tools which can be used to answer these questions and to identify effective policy sequencing for decline strategies. Read more.

Figure 1: Regional capacities and injustices mapped to phases of decline. Figure modified from [4] in source: [3].


Responding to the impacts of decarbonisation: Coping Strategies Inventory released

CINTRAN is pleased to present a global inventory of the coping strategies that people, organisations and institutions are using to respond to the pressures introduced by global decarbonisation efforts. The purpose of this inventory is to record and study all the different coping strategies being used. It will help understanding how to support different actors “cope” in ways that work towards global decarbonisation, while ensuring overall general wellbeing for the people, communities and institutions that are experiencing changes. Read more.

List of main coping strategies


Just Transition at COP27: Guiding Principle or Buzzword?

At the recent UN climate summit in Sharm-el-Sheikh, “just transition” was all over the place, especially in the immense side events and pavilions space, which has become a climate change “trade fair” of sorts accompanying the intergovernmental negotiations. But somewhat surprisingly, “just transition” made it also into the political space of the COP with an inclusion in the Sharm-El-Sheikh Implementation Plan, the cover decision and main outcome of the conference. Read what insights CINTRAN could provide to inspire and inform UNFCCC work on a Just Transition Work Programme. Find out more.

Photo by IISD/ENB | Mike Muzurakis


Fruitful interaction at well-attended CINTRAN Academy event in Kozani

The CINTRAN project conducted the first Regions in Transition Academy, a face-to-face capacity-building event in the CINTRAN focus region Western Macedonia on 5-6 October 2022. Participants discussed coal+ regions’ self-defined top priorities in an interactive manner with key stakeholders from all four CINTRAN regions (Western Macedonia, Greece; Ida-Virumaa, Estonia; Rhineland, Germany; and Silesia, Poland) and many more all across Europe. Read the full event debrief. 


Between “yes, but” and “no, although” – interim conclusions on the recent agreement on the German 2030 coal phase-out

In a recent blog, Antje Grothus draws an interim conclusion on the political agreement on the German 2030 coal phase-out and the related downsizing of the Garzweiler opencast mine. Antje Grothus is a resident in the Rhenish lignite region and member of the Green Party in North Rhine-Westphalia. She was also part of the German Coal Commission. Read the full blog. 


Upcoming event 

Coping together: communities & governments for a just transition

CINTRAN capacity building 

The fourth CINTRAN capacity building event is scheduled for Tuesday, 6 December 10-11 hrs CET. It will provide an overview of the CINTRAN inventory of coping strategies and what it means for communities and governments. A panel discussion featuring experts from Estonia, Slovakia, and Germany will reflect on experiences on the ground, in order to understand better how coal+ regions’ governments steer the way through the just transition, and how such decisions can both affect their communities and provide opportunities to shape of their own transition.
Register here. 

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 884539. The sole responsibility for the content of this newsletter lies with the authors and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of INEA or other EU agencies or bodies.