New project about clean-energy transitions: TIPPING+

In the new project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme we will analyse what makes clean-energy transitions in Coal and Carbon Intensive Regions successful and effective. IBS will carry out an analysis of labour market implications of coal transition and a study on tipping points in the rise of populism.

National and international climate mitigation policies often do not consider the real conditions and challenges at the regional level, resulting in misalignments between (inter) national climate policy goals and local priorities. This holds true especially in Coal and Carbon Intensive Regions (CCIR) economically dependent on fossil fuels. Without a proper understanding of social, political and cultural perspectives, implementing mitigation strategies and climate policies can be highly ineffective.


TIPPING + responds to this challenge. The aim of the project is to characterise and explain the decisive events, processes, major system transformations and their effects on the transition of European CCIR toward clean energy; but also, to prevent the rise of undesirable outcomes like the rise of populism and anti-democratic attitudes. The project brings together innovative geographers, anthropologists, social-psychologist, economists, policy scientists and sociologists.


The project is carried out for the European Commission by a consortium of 18 institutions and has been funded by the Horizon 2020 programme. The project coordinator is Global Climate Forum. The planned completion date is May 2023.


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