Retirement and limiting the inflow of new employees is a reasonable and acceptable form of just transition that could prevent downsizing. Coal regions and miners await a political decision on a fixed date of coal phase out. These are the main conclusions of the first analyzes of employment in the coal mining industry in the Upper Silesia.
IBS experts developed four scenarios for employment change. In the achieving climate neutrality scenario, beyond the employment reduction through natural outflow, it is crucial to control the number of people obtaining mining qualifications. A gradual shift towards a low-carbon energy sector will not lead to downsizing and competency gaps in the mining industry.
The project is funded by a grant from the European Climate Foundation