Coal Transition in the NETHERLANDS

An historical case study for the project “Coal Transitions: Research and Dialogue on the Future of Coal”


This document provides on overview of coal transitions in the Netherlands in the post-war period. The main focus is an in depth case study of the reconversion of the Limburg region in the South-east of the country which took place from 1965 to 1990. This is discussed in the first part of the document. The later part of the document discusses the re-emergence of coal as an energy source in the Netherlands and present challenges to phasing out coal use.



  • Climate Strategies


University of Groningen, Technical University of Dortmund