Carbon Intensive Regions in Transition - Unravelling the Challenges of Structural Change

Hathersage, Hope Valley, England – Photo by Shane Rounce

Mission Statement

Regions that economically depend on fossil fuel extraction or energy-intensive industries will be disproportionately affected by the decarbonisation of industry and the economy. The CINTRAN project studies the complex patterns and dynamics of structural change in those carbon-intensive regions across Europe. It examines the pace of transformation and the regions’ capacity to cope and adapt proactively through highly integrated, inter- and transdisciplinary research working in close collaboration with regional stakeholders from four highly fossil-fuel dependent regions: Western Macedonia (Greece), Silesia (Poland), Ida-Virumaa (Estonia) and the Rhenish mining area (Germany). This knowledge will inform more effective, just and inclusive governance of regional transformations.


CINTRAN is a 4-year programme of research and stakeholder engagement, funded by Horizon 2020. Led by the Wuppertal Institute, the CINTRAN consortium involves 13 partners and around 40 researchers from 8 countries across Europe.


Lukas Hermwille, Senior Researcher at Wuppertal Institut and
Michaela Roelfes, Researcher at Wuppertal Institut

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  • 01. May 2020News: Project Start: CINTRAN Carbon Intensive Regions in Transition

    In order to meet the climate change mitigation objectives of the European Union (EU) as well as the objectives of the Paris Agreement, it is inevitable that the EU phases out fossil fuel consumption in the power sector and decarbonises fossil-fuel dependent industries. These industries are not spread evenly across the EU but concentrated in a number of carbon-intensive regions.

The CINTRAN Consortium

Sister Projects

The CINTRAN project is a member of a cluster of EU-funded research and innovation projects on Regional Energy Transitions Research.


ENergy TRANsitions from Coal and carbon: Effects on Societies

Enabling Positive Tipping Points towards clean-energy transitions in Coal and Carbon Intensive Regions


Transition in Coal Intensive Regions



The CINTRAN 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 website lies with the authors and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of INEA or other EU agencies or bodies.