Coal Transitions: Research and Dialogue on the Future of Coal

2016 à 2018

Context and problem statment

Coal still represents 28% of global energy consumption. It is clear that meeting countries’ commitments under the Paris Agreement requires already significant reductions in coal consumptions. In many coal dependent countries, this raises significant political, social and economic issues.

Research objective

The objective of this project is to develop credible and feasible trajectories and policy packages for deep transitions in the coal sector in six major coal using countries.

Applied to the transport sector, this project aims to develop analyses of the decarbonization of the sector encompassing all levers of transformations. Beyond the conventional focus on technological improvements, this means developing a systemic analysis of all determinants of transformations of the transport sector, including the evolutions of behaviors, lifestyles, infrastructures and spatial organization.

The analysis will aim to reveal the concrete consequences of these transformations on key indicators characterizing mobility patterns like modal shares, time spent, distance and budget dedicated to this activity. These studies are built to support engagement with sectoral experts and decisionmakers on the levers that are actionable for policy actions towards transport emissions reductions in their local context.

Funding and Partners 

IDDRI and Climate Strategies are the implementing partners for the Coal Transitions Project.





 The Coal Transitions Project brings together researchers from:

  • Australia (Australian National University)
  • South Africa (Energy Research Centre of the University of Cape Town)
  • Germany (German Institute for Economic Research  - DIW)
  • Poland (Institute for Structural Research)
  • India (Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad)
  • China (Tsinghua University)



The project will publish:

  • A report on past lessons from coal transitions (March 2017)
  • National pathways and policy papers on coal transition in the six countries (second half of 2017)
  • A global report on coal transitions (second half of 2017)
  • A Round Table on the Future of Coal (2018)