Coal Transitions: Research and Dialogue on the Future of Coal

realization time: 09.2016 – 12.2018

The Paris agreement achieved at the COP Summit in 2015 made clear that further CO2 reductions at the global level will be required. In countries whose economies are based on coal this major step raises questions about the future. How will it affect coal production and consumption and what could be the social and economic consequences of such changes?

During the project the Institute for Structural Research (IBS) together with partner organizations from Australia, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, India and South Africa will develop transition pathways and policy packages for coal sector transformation.


The project will be carried between 2016-2018.

It is coordinated by IDDRI (Fr) and Climate Strategies (GB). Thanks to the support of the KR Foundation


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project supervisor:
Piotr Lewandowski
project coordinator:
Aleksander Szpor
economic analyst:
Jan Baran, Jan Witajewski-Baltvilks
Konstancja Ziółkowska


The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)

Climate Strategies (CS)


Australia (Australian National University)

South Africa (Energy Research Centre of the University of Cape Town)

Germany (German Institute for Economic Research  – DIW)

Poland (Institute for Structural Research)

India (Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad)

China (Tsinghua University)

International Roundtable on the Future of Coal
Jan Witajewski-Baltvilks presented IBS research from the Coal Transitions project at an international meeting of energy and resource sector experts – Cape Town, 26-27.02.
IBS research at COP24
We presented our research at COP24 in Katowice on the Polish coal industry, low-emissions transformation pathways, and energy poverty.
Workshop connected to COP24
On December 10 in Katowice (Poland) we will co-organise the workshop about coal transitions in Poland. Register by December 7.
Just transition in coal sector is feasible
The summary report of the Coal Transitions project – analysis for China, India, South Africa, Australia, Germany and Poland.
EU4Energy Policy Forum
On June 26 in Kyrgystan, Aleksander Szpor presented the Polish case study of coal transition.
2nd “Coal Transition” Project Meeting and Stakeholder Workshop
A stakeholder workshop organised by Climate Strategies and IDDRI was held in London on the 26th and 27th of June 2017.
Lessons from previous coal transitions
Report based on a study covering the Czech Republic, Spain, the Netherlands, Poland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
A socially fair energy transition
Piotr Lewandowski spoke about the social challenges of energy transitions at the Eionet meeting in the European Environment Agency (EEA) in Copenhagen, Denmark.
2018-10-25 Managing coal sector transition under the ambitious emission reduction scenario in Poland. Focus on labour
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This report presents the main economic facts on the role of coal in the Polish economy, and analyses the implications of the transition away from coal for coal consumption and coal mining employment in Poland. Poland’s energy mix relies on coal, most of which is ...
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