A new platform aimed at ensuring no region is left behind when moving away from an economy driven by fossil fuels has been launched.
The Platform for Coal Regions in Transition will help kickstart the transition process and respond to environmental and social challenges while facilitating the development of projects and long term strategies in coal regions.
It is designed to boost the clean energy transition by bringing “more focus to social fairness, structural transformation, new skills and financing for the real economy”.
Currently, 41 regions in 12 member states are actively mining coal, however over the past few decades, the production and consumption of coal in the EU has been in steady decline.
Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy said: “Governments, businesses and regions all around the world are moving beyond coal. Electricity generation from coal is declining. This is an irreversible trend towards clean power, also here in Europe.
“But in this shift to a more sustainable future, there will be certain regions which find it more difficult than others to make this transition. All Europeans should benefit from this transition and no region should be left behind when moving away from fossil fuels. This initiative will help European countries, regions, communities and workers to take on the challenge of the required economic diversification of the clean energy transition.”