At this COP25 event, high-level government representatives explored the tactics of executing coal-to-clean transition strategies, from the initial stages of research, through to later commitments and dates. Governments shared best practice, lessons learned from behind-the-scenes process and policy decisions, and flagged future challenges.
Mr. Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Germany stressed the need for a Just Transition.
‘We don’t need coal to cover our energy needs, it is not that relevant for our economy at the national level. It is a regional economy problem and a social problem.’ pic.twitter.com/Usq07dOjKA— Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA) (@PastCoal) December 12, 2019
Rt Hon Claire O'Neill, COP26 President, United Kingdom said -
We need to make coal history as soon as possible, but the energy transition needs to work with the reality on the ground.— Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA) (@PastCoal) December 12, 2019
She highlighted UK commitment to support countries who are starting to make the transition.#COP25https://t.co/fFjNct2agB pic.twitter.com/EuErXnvNFY
H.E. Ms Patricia Fuller, Ambassador for Climate Change, Canada described the Powering Past Coal Alliance as a mutual support group
'We help our members exchange expertise on the challenge of a #JustTransition to protect and support interests of workers and communities.'December 12, 2019
Peter Wooders, Director, International Institute for Sustainable Development introduced the next round of panellists bringing perspectives from countries at different stages of their transition away from coal
Li Junfeng, President, Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association, China, and ; Director, National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, China highlighted the progress made in China
'In 2014, the country decided to cap coal power generation to 1100GW. #Justtransition is a challenge, not only for miners but also for railway workers.— Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA) (@PastCoal) December 12, 2019
China needs time to account for investment and employment.' pic.twitter.com/1nhXgMFmgM
Monserrat Mir, Just Transition Center added -
'Workers want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.— Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA) (@PastCoal) December 12, 2019
Canada is a positive example, as workers play an important role in managing the energy transition.
We need to invest more in people, and less in coal.' pic.twitter.com/Qk2Gy1tgWG
Iryna Stavchuk, Deputy Minister of Energy and Environmental Protection, Ukraine said
'Municipalities are our main partner in the energy transition, as they understand that coal is a problem and unprofitable coal mines will need to be closed.— Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA) (@PastCoal) December 12, 2019
The government needs to help regional and local authorities diversify their economies.' pic.twitter.com/XbAHRpaAre
#Ukraine government started working on a timeline for #coal phase-out & #JustTransition for 40,000 working in state mines, says Iryna Stavchuk @PastCoal @CAN_EECCA #endcoal #energytransition https://t.co/jwqVCkHXCv— Eurasia Climate & Energy (@KomilaEnergy) December 12, 2019