About Just Transformations

Many regions and people across Europe still rely on economies that are incompatible with tackling climate change. These can be coal-producing regions or regions with polluting-heavy industries. People and economies engaged in these sectors are therefore highly vulnerable during the transition to a decarbonised future.

Climate, social, economic and democratic justice as well as inclusivity are vital to the success of rapid structural change. Our ambition is to build a movement to prove that such just transformations are indeed possible across Europe to achieve democratic and inclusive transformations of whole regions. The movement will put the voices of citizens, workers and young people at the core of regional economic transformation.

Early partners include the regional governments of Mondragon in Spain, Emilia Romagna in Italy and Silesia in Poland. We are also currently working with the province of Gipuzkoa in Spain as a challenge owner and are involved in the Post Coal Future Lab, a project working on just transformations of coal regions in RIS countries.

Find out more about our work in the stories below. If you are interested in becoming a challenge owner, partner or funder, contact us at communitydesk@climate-kic.org

Stories
EIT Climate-KIC | 17 November 2022 Gipuzkoa shapes the green future with local actors
Gipuzkoa shapes the green future with local actors
EIT Climate-KIC | 21 October 2022 Co-designing the future of coal regions
Co-designing the future of coal regions
EIT Climate-KIC | 2 June 2022 A systems perspective is key to tackling the health effects of pollution
A systems perspective is key to tackling the health effects of pollution
Diario Vasco | 5 April 2022 A new way of governing in Gipuzkoa (Spanish)
A new way of governing in Gipuzkoa (Spanish)
EIT Climate-KIC | 11 October 2021 Gipuzkoa’s quest for sustainability
Gipuzkoa’s quest for sustainability
EIT Climate-KIC | 19 March 2021 Just transition within reach for Polish coal city Rybnik
Just transition within reach for Polish coal city Rybnik
Emanuela Barbiroglio | Forbes | 26 February 2021 Polish Citizens Are Transforming Europe’s Biggest Coal Region
Polish Citizens Are Transforming Europe’s Biggest Coal Region
EIT Climate-KIC | 10 February 2021 Citizens power Just Transformation of Europe’s biggest coal region
Citizens power Just Transformation of Europe’s biggest coal region
EIT Climate-KIC | 8 December 2020 New ways to think about just transition
New ways to think about just transition
EIT Climate-KIC | 15 July 2020 EIT Climate-KIC and Silesian Metropolis join forces to transform Europe’s largest coal region in the face of the climate crisis
EIT Climate-KIC and Silesian Metropolis join forces to transform Europe’s largest coal region in the face of the climate crisis
EIT Climate-KIC | 2 June 2020 A just transformation for Rugeley, as the power station comes down
A just transformation for Rugeley, as the power station comes down
EIT Climate-KIC | 23 January 2020 Net zero requires just, inclusive and radical transformations
Net zero requires just, inclusive and radical transformations