COP25 - Pathways to a just transition: Opportunities for affected regions, people and companies

How high-level government representatives will dive into the tactics of executing coal-to-clean transition strategies.

German Pavilion
IFEMA exhibition centre
Madrid, Spain

A German lignite mine and power station.
A German lignite mine and power station.

Coal alone is responsible for 30 percent of CO2-emissions. The UN Secretary-General’s call for no new coal from 2020 and for curtailing existing coal power charts a critical path forward.

However, phasing out coal is a complex political process and entails a fundamental transformation of affected regions, people’s livelihoods and businesses. A just transition must be actively planned and managed.

At this COP25 event, high-level government representatives will dive into the tactics of executing coal-to-clean transition strategies, from the initial stages of research, through to later commitments and dates. Governments will share best practices, lessons learned from behind-the-scenes processes and policy decisions, and will also flag future challenges.


Opening remarks - 11:00

  • Mr. Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for the Environment I Germany

Keynote remarks - 11:10

  • Rt Hon Claire O'Neill, COP26 President, United Kingdom
  • H.E. Ms Patricia Fuller, Ambassador for Climate Change, Canada

Panel discussion - 11:20 - 12:00


  • Peter Wooders, Director, International Institute for Sustainable Development


  • Mr. Carlos Barría, Head of Forecasting and Regulatory Impact Assessment, Ministry of Energy | Chile
  • Mr Hugo Lucas, Head, Department of Regulatory Framework and Corporate Strategy for the Energy Transition, Institute for Diversification and Energy Saving (IDEA), Spain
  • Monserrat Mir, Just Transition Center

Key questions

  • What role do non-governmental stakeholders play in planning and implementing the phasing out of coal? 
  • How can we ensure that coal phase-out strategies are just and create new opportunities for regions, people and businesses?
  • What are the key factors that enable decision making success?
  • What were lessons learned?
  • What aspects of process and policy approaches in one country can be applied to other countries?
  • What aspects are less applicable in other contexts? 

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