Coal plays an important role in the energy system of many EU Member States, and coal mining and power generation provide many jobs. However, the end of an era has arrived. Coal phase-out is the single most important measure to keep the door open to meet the Paris agreement. And EU regulations’ more and more stringent environmental performance requirements are slowly but surely driving coal out of the energy mix.
The territories that are home to coal mines and power plants are expecting structural changes in the near future and many are currently developing transition strategies. In this context, the Bulgarian coal district of Stara Zagora has requested a peer review with a double objective:
- to get inspiration for promising measures to diversify its economy so that new jobs can be created in sectors likely to be future-proof;
- to understand what technological options are at hand to upgrade or convert the existing coal infrastructure to make it compliant with new regulatory targets so as to secure the value of at least a part of the existing assets.
Four peers from the Czech Republic, Denmark and Greece have accepted the invitation to support the District Administration and the Regional Development Agency of Stara Zagora in its policy challenges during a peer review organised by the Policy Learning Platform low-carbon economy expert team on 26-27 February 2020.
On 12-13 February 2020, the Platform organised a peer review on entrepreneurship for Karlovac County (Croatia). The event was featured in the local television!
The Policy Learning Platform organised a peer review on the topic of the scaling the involvement of companies in CSR in the PACA region. Read about the outcome.
The Region of Thessaly engages with the objectives of EMOBICITY.
Devon County Council organises a seminar to enable farmers to find out about solar energy, Power Purchase Agreements, anaerobic digestion and slurry covers.
A two-day peer review is organised in Aragon to address the challenge of depopulation by the Policy Learning Platform team.
RESINDUSTRY celebrates the IW2 and SV2 in Dornbirn, Austria.