Smart strategies for the transition in coal intensive regions

Mergner, Rita and Janssen, Rainer and Rutz, Dominik and Malamatenios, Charalampos and Veziryianni, Georgia and Knoche, Dirk and Rademacher, Anne and Schlepphorst, Rainer and Davies, Sara and Michie, Rona and den Hoed, Wilbert and Radulov, Lulin and Doczekal, Christian and Arrowsmith, Greg and Popescu, Gloria and Dobrin, Marian and Lukic, Jasmina Mandic and Mesarovic, Miodrag and Volchyn, Igor and Bondzyk, Dmytro and Pietrzykowski, Marcin and Likus-Cieslik, Justyna and Rees, Trygve and Palmer, Ken and Frouz, Jan and Hendrychova, Marketa and Irimie, Sabina (2020) Smart strategies for the transition in coal intensive regions. In: The 28th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, 2020-07-06 - 2020-07-09, Digital.

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    Abstract

    The TRACER project supports a number of coal-intensive regions around Europe to design (or re-design) their Research and Innovation (R&I) strategies in order to facilitate their transition towards a sustainable energy system. The TRACER consortium consists of different target regions: South East Bulgaria, North West Bohemia - Czech Republic, Lusatian Lignite District - Germany, Western Macedonia - Greece, Upper Silesian Coalfield - Poland, West Region, Jiu Valley - Romania, Wales – UK, Kolubara - Serbia, Donetsk - Ukraine. Core activities of TRACER include the implementation of an EDP (Entrepreneurial Discovery Process) to mobilise a wide range of stakeholders in each target region to develop an appropriate governance structure and to bring regional stakeholders together to discuss and agree on a shared vision and priorities for coal transition. R&I strategies, industrial roadmaps and decision support tools will be developed jointly with key stakeholders of the TRACER target regions. Further TRACER activities include the identification and analysis of best practice examples of successful and ambitious transition processes in coal intensive regions, a detailed assessment of social, environmental and technological challenges, the elaboration of guidelines on how to mobilise investment as well as dedicated activities to stimulate R&I cooperation among coal intensive regions in Europe and beyond.