Case study: Transforming the lignite-fired Matra power plant into part of a renewable energy cluster
The Matra power plant is an example of a coal power plant transitioning into an industry cluster in which renewables play an increasingly important role. These efforts do not only retain the electricity generation capacity but keep jobs in the region.
New companies often struggle to find a good location to settle in, and post-industrial sites represent an untapped potential for future economic development. In Silesia, the regional government and a local research institute developed a data source on abandoned industrial sites. Spatial development experts and potential investors can now access key information related to more than 1 000 sites in Silesia.
The Canadian government decided to significantly reduce its CO2 emissions from coal and accelerate the phase-out of coal across the country, affecting four provinces. Acknowledging that this decision may impact regions, workers, and society unequally, Canada appointed a task force to develop recommendations for the government on how to manage a just transition away from coal.
The Lewarde mining history centre in France is an important example of how cultural heritage has been preserved while opening up new economic opportunities for the region.
The Wałbrzych special economic zone «INVEST-PARK» has managed to transform Wałbrzych from an area known mainly as a by-gone hub for heavy industry to an attractive place to invest in, by providing subsidies in the form of tax allowances.
The Czech government aims to support the coal mining regions of Usti, Moravian-Silesian and Karlovy Vary with an integrated strategy for economic development. A governance structure has been devised that matches national institutions with regional counterparts, acknowledging each region’s specific needs and potential.