Comprehensive, Whole-of-Government Strategies on Coal Transition in Major Coal Using Countries

Department(s)/ Research Infrastructure
Climate Policy
Project Status
Current Project
Project Duration
since/from 2016 to 2019
Funded by
KR Foundation
In Cooperation with
IDDRI, Climate Strategies (Koordinatoren), IBS, Tsinghua University, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Australian National University, University of Cape Town
Project Manager
Jörn Richstein
Project Team/Contacts at DIW Berlin

Project description

In the project Coal Transitions leading research institutes in six major coal-using countries evaluate current policies and develop economically
feasible and socially just pathways to transition from thermal coal before 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement. Next to the Climate Policy department and the department of Energy, Transportation and Environment of the DIW Berlin (Germany), these are Tsinghua University Beijing  (China), Technology IIT Ahmedabad (India), University of Cape Town (South Africa), Australian National University (Australia) and Institute for Structural Research IBS Warsaw (Poland). Additionally, the DIW Berlin investigates the effects of a coal phase out scenarios on the global coal market and the major suppliers using the COALMOD world model, especially considering economic sustainability of further mining and production assets. The project is led by  IDDRI  (Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations) and the research network Climate Strategies.

Further information and reports can be found on the webpage of the project consortium and the press release on the project report.


Länderbericht: Coal Transition in Germany: Learning from past Transitions to Build Phase-Out Pathways
Historische Case Study: An Historical Case Study on Previous Coal Transitions in Germany
COALMOD and globale Marktanalyse: Implementing Coal Transition - Insights from Case Studies of Major Coal-Consuming Economies: A Summary Report