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The global energy transition from coal to renewable energy will have economic and social effects in coal regions in developing and emerging countries, threating local livelihoods, economic activities, and jobs, but also holding opportunities for sustainable, low-carbon development. Regional decision-makers play an important role in steering the transition and developing locally adapted solutions, but often lack capacity and knowledge of how to best support the transition process.

Against this background, the Wuppertal Institute has developed the Just Transition Toolbox for coal regions, a comprehensive compendium of experiences and good practices with references and links to existing handbooks, tools, and guidelines. It builds on the previous work of the Secretariat of the EU Initiative for Coal Regions in Transition (CRIT) and vast knowledge from a diverse range of stakeholders across the globe.

The Wuppertal Institute (Germany) aims to support the capacity building to coal regions worldwide with the “Just Transition Toolbox for coal regions”, which comprehensively illustrates the challenges and opportunities of a sustainable transition for a global audience.

Comprehensive Guidance

The Just Transition Toolbox is an exceptional compendium of experiences, good practices, and resources that encapsulates the complexities and potential of sustainable transitions. Its content is bolstered by references and links to existing handbooks, tools, and guidelines, providing decision-makers and practitioners with a wealth of knowledge and practical insights. Whether it’s strategy development, recommendations for governance structures, sustainable employment, technology options, or environmental rehabilitation, the toolbox covers all facets of a just transition.

Global Perspective and Collaboration

One of the standout aspects of the Just Transition Toolbox is its global perspective. By building on the previous work of the Secretariat of the EU Initiative for Coal Regions in Transition (CRIT) and leveraging knowledge from diverse stakeholders worldwide, the toolbox offers a holistic and inclusive view of the challenges and opportunities confronting coal regions. This global collaboration ensures that best practices and lessons learned from different regions are shared, fostering innovation and empowering decision-makers with a comprehensive understanding of the transition process.

Capacity Building and Knowledge Sharing

The Just Transition Toolbox serves as a vital resource for capacity building in coal regions across the globe. Its user-friendly format and accessible language make it an invaluable tool for decision-makers who often lack the necessary expertise and knowledge to steer sustainable transitions. The toolbox enables knowledge sharing among practitioners and experts, providing a platform for exchanging insights, addressing concerns, and promoting dialogue. This collaborative approach fosters a sense of community and encourages shared learning, enhancing the effectiveness of transition strategies.

Applicability to Regional Contexts

One of the key strengths of the Just Transition Toolbox is its adaptability to various regional contexts. The toolbox’s insights and recommendations can be tailored to specific coal regions, considering their unique challenges, resources, and social dynamics. By highlighting country-specific experiences and lessons learned, decision-makers can draw inspiration from successful transition initiatives, adapt strategies to local conditions, and maximize the positive impact on their regions.

Download “Just Transition Toolbox for coal regions” at: Home | Just Transition Toolbox for Coal Regions (

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