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Governance Policies for a “Just Transition” – A Case Study in the Rhineland Lignite Mining District

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Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems
ARTICLE IN PRESS (volume and issue assigned later), 1080383
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13044/j.sdewes.d8.0383
Lisa Kolde , Oliver Wagner
Research Group Energy, Transport and Climate Policy, Wuppertal Institute, Döppersberg 19, 42103 Wuppertal, Germany

Abstract

This paper develops policy measures for a “just transition” based on a case study conducted in Germany’s Rhineland lignite mining district. Semi-structured guided interviews served as the methodological approach. Expert interviews were conducted with representatives of citizen initiatives, trade unions and the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia. The results reveal the need for policy measures in different areas: First, employees working for subcontractors of the lignite industry have a high risk of losing their jobs because there are virtually no support policies for them. Second, there needs to be more input by civic initiatives regarding the process of structural change. And last, land needs to be prevented from becoming a scarce resource in the Rhineland area due to current mining legislation. We use an actor-centred institutionalist framework to derive governance approaches in line with the needs of various stakeholders.

Keywords: Just transition, climate justice, energy justice, structural change, low-carbon economy, coal phase-out.

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