CoalExit - Economics of Coal Phase-Out - Identifying Building Blocks for Future Regional Transition Frameworks

A major challenge for international climate and energy policies, especially after the climate conferences COP21 and COP22, is curbing global coal consumption to prevent global warming, in the context of a global transformation towards a lower-carbon energy system.

These processes require both, a technical overhaul of the energy system, and a societal transformation process including different group of actors, sectors, regions, and countries. The distributive aspects are a major challenge, and have previously often been underestimated.

The main aim of the research project ‘CoalExit’ is therefore to design a socially acceptable framework for an upcoming coal phase-out in Germany, as a basis for future regional transition frameworks. This is based on findings from past transitions, continuous feedback from stakeholders, institutional policy analysis, legal aspects and quantitative modeling of the European electricity sector including employment effects. Subsequently, this inter- and transdisciplinary research analyzes the particular situation in other countries, i.a. China, Colombia, India, and South Africa, its implications on the global coal market, and the interdependence with other fossil fuel markets. The results will be made available as a basis for political decision making. The dissemination of the results increases the awareness of adaptation and mitigation research to a wide range of national and international academic as well as non-academic audiences, and advances the fundamental research on societal transition processes.

Project Management

Prof. Dr. Pao-Yu Oei
Europa-Universität Flensburg
Energie- und Umweltmanagement
Munketoft 3, 24937 Flensburg

Tel.: +49 461 805-2533


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