Coal Transitions in Poland

coal transitions in poland

Katowice, Poland



Central Mining Institute, Plac Gwarków 1

We invite you to the workshop on the future of the Polish coal sector - connected with this year's UN climate summit (COP24) - Katowice, 10 of December.
"What might feasible, fair and consistent with the Paris Agreement (below 2ºC) pathways look like?" is the key question of the worksop organised by Climate Strategies (CS), Institute for Structural Research (IBS) and Institut du Développement Durable et des Relations Internationales (IDDRI). The workshop will take place in Katowice in Central Mining Institute (Plac Gwarków 1) on Monday, the 10th of December 2018 (between 1 PM – 5 PM).
The workshop will be focused on these crucial questions:
  • How will the transition in coal sector affect coal production and consumption?
  • What social and economic consequences could such changes entail?
  • How should the transition challenges be reflected in strategies for the Polish coal sector, workers, companies and communities?
The purpose of the workshop will be to present possible transformation pathways in the coal sector and their effects on the labour market and the energy security of Poland. As an introduction, research on the transition’s implications on the labour market in Poland will be presented. Next session will focus on a case study from Germany and a brief overview of cases from South Africa, India, China and Australia. Invited stakeholders will then comment on the research input and discuss feasibility of proposed pathways and solutions. We hope that a workshop with such a wide stakeholder representation will allow to formulate conclusions useful for designing future transition policies.
Please register using the following website by the 7th of December 2018.   *The seminar will be held in Polish and English (with translation).
  • 13:00 – 13:30 Registration – light lunch, tea and coffee

  • 13:30 – 13:40 Opening and introduction – Andrzej Błachowicz, Climate Strategies (CS)

  • 13:40 - 14:40 Input presentations by researchers – moderated by Andrzej Błachowicz, Climate Strategies (CS)

    • Snapshot of policy initiatives on coal transitions from around the world – Oliver Sartor (IDDRI)
    • Coal transitions pathways - challenges and opportunities for Poland – Aleksander Szpor & Jan Witajewski-Baltvilks (IBS)
    • The coal transition in Poland: lessons from the past – Ian Walker (The World Bank)

  • 14:40 – 15:10 Discussion

  • 15:10 – 15:30 Tea and coffee break

  • 15:30 – 16:15 Stakeholder roundtable – moderated by Daniel Kiewra (IBS)

    • Jakub Chełstowski, Deputy Marshal, Śląsk Region
    • Kazimierz Grajcarek, long term President of the National Secretariat of Mine and Energy Workers' Union NSZZ “Solidarność"
    • Piotr Lewandowski, President of the Board, Institute for Structural Research
    • Stanisław Prusek, Director of Central Mining Institute, Member of Supervisory Board at Polish Mining Group (PGG SA)
    • Krzysztof Stefanek, Vice-president of the Alliance of Trade Unions “Kadra”
    • Maciej Sytek, Member of the Board, Wielkopolska Region
    • Izabela Zygmunt, National Campaigner, CEE Bankwatch Network, Polish Green Network

  • 16:15– 17:15 Open discussion

  • 17:15 – 17:30 Conclusion

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