Completed Projects

  • 2018

    Coal Transition in Ukraine and Russia

    Lead partner: Germanwatch

    Contributing partner: NGO Ecoaction, Russisch-Deutsche Büro für Umweltinformationen, Deutsch-Russischer Austausch

    Funder: Engagement Global, Auswärtiges Amt

    Regional Focus: Ukraine, Kosovo

  • 2018


    Focus / Key Research Questions: How can we support the decarbonisation of “high-carbon industry region” in Europe, i.e. economic areas in which the production and/or heavy use of fossil fuels constitute an important source of economic prosperity and an important share of value added of the region. These are either regions with high intensity of heavy, industrial activities that produce a high level of direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions or regions that are indirectly responsible for high levels of GHG emissions as they export fossil fuels.

    Approach / Key Methods: Re-Industrialise is borne out of a recognition that Europe’s overall shift to a net-zero-carbon 2050 will not affect its regions equally. Because some of its most carbon-intensive regions are economically dependent on the assets and processes that climate science tells us we need to stop, there is a risk of deep economic and social damage in some regions. This risk presents not just a social challenge for these regions, but a barrier toward the overall 2-degree climate target” (EIT Climate-KIC 2018, 2).

    Lead partner: Wuppertal Institute

    Funder: Climate-KIC

    Regional Focus: Silesia (Poland), North-Rhine Westphalia (Germany)

  • 2016 – 2019

    Coal Transitions

    Focus / Key Research Questions: Coal Transitions is an international research project which aims to develop credible and feasible trajectories and policy guidance for deep transitions in the coal sector in six major coal using countries: China, India, Australia, South Africa, Germany and Poland. The current website was evolved from this research project.

    Approach / Key Methods: Historic Analyses of previous coal transitions. Future projections to phase-out coal. Bottom-up approaches through national “coal teams”.

    Lead partner: IDDRI, Climate Strategies

    Contributing partner: DIW (TU Berlin), IBS, Tsinghua, IIMA, ANU, UCT

    Funder: KR Foundation

    Regional Focus: China, India, Australia, South Africa, Germany and Poland.

  • 2016 – 2019

    Structural Change in Coal Regions

    Focus / Key Research Questions: The project assesses the long-term impacts of phasing out coal-fired power generation on coal-mining regions in Germany incl. Employment effects and cohesian policies.

    Approach / Key Methods: Description and analysis plus engagement in the political process via the communication of (ad hoc) opinions and comments.

    Lead partner: DIW ,TU Berlin

    Contributing partner: IZES, IWH, Öko-Institut

    Funder: Umweltbundesamt

    Regional Focus: Germany

  • 2016 – 2019

    Structural Change in Coal-mining Regions as a Process of an Economic and Socio-Ecological Transformation – Options for a Fair and Socially Acceptable Structural Change in the Light of Climate Policy Targets

    Focus / Key Research Questions: The project assesses two historic processes:

    (1) phase-out of coal mining in the Ruhr area and

    (2) reduction of lignite mining in the Lausitz after the German reunification.

    In both cases, the processes of structural change were supported by a wide range of structural policies. These will be assessed with respect to their suitability to support potential future coal phase-out processes in Germany and other European countries.

    Lead partner: Wuppertal Institute

    Contributing partner: DIW (TU Berlin), ifo Institut, Innovationsregion Lausitz, Institut Arbeit und Technik, Wirtschaftsförderung metropoleruhr GmbH

    Funder: Umweltbundesamt

    Regional Focus: Lusatia, Ruhr Area