Coal transitions

We do research and lead engagement on scenarios for a transition away from coal, and how this transition can be made economically and socially acceptable.

Coal Transitions project

We led the Australian research component of the multilateral Coal Transitions initiative, convened by IDDRI and ClimateStrategies. The project involved research in Australia, China, Germany, India, Poland and South Africa. The main project report for Australia here, reports for other countries including historical case studies are available here (scroll down to 2018 outputs).


Jotzo, F, Mazouz, S, Wiseman, J, September 2018, Coal transition in Australia: an overview of issues CCEP Working Paper 1811.

Burke, PJ, Best, R, Jotzo, F, September 2018, Closures of coal-fired power stations in Australia: local unemployment effects CCEP Working Paper 1809.

Green, F, July 2018, Transition policy for climate change mitigation: who, what, why and how, CCEP Working Paper 1807.

Stephanie Campbell, Lars Coenen, November 2017, Transitioning beyond coal: Lessons from the structural renewal of Europe’s old industrial regions, CCEP Working Paper 1709.

John Wiseman, Stephanie Campbell, Fergus Green, November 2017, Prospects for a “just transition” away from coal-fired power generation in Australia: Learning from the closure of the Hazelwood Power Station, CCEP Working Paper 1708.

Richter, P., Mendelevitch, R. and Jotzo, F. 2018, Coal taxes as supply-side climate policy: a rationale for major exporters?, Climatic Change.


Coal transitions: a symposium on current research, public events at ANU and U Melbourne, April 2018. Links to presentation slides: Mazouz (Australia coal), Burton (South Africa coal), Jotzo (coal tax), Wiseman/Campbell (Latrobe), Coenen (industrial transitions), Bice (community perspectives), Burke (employment).

Various international events listed here

We are a partner of the international Conference on Fossil Fuel Supply & Climate Policy, Oxford September 2018 (and also the first conference in 2016)


Presentations related to coal transitions by CCEP associates:

– Sarah Bice, April 2018, Coal vs CSG: Community perspectives on the lesser of two evils, ANU Crawford School of Public Policy.

– Paul Burke, Rohan Best, and Frank Jotzo, April 2018, Local unemployment following coal plant closure, Energy Transition Hub and ANU Crawford School of Public Policy.

– Lars Coenen and Stephanie Campbell, April 2018, Industrial transformation and regional renewal: lessons from EUs regional innovation policies, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and University of Melbourne.

– Frank Jotzo, April 2018, Coal taxes as supply-side climate policy and for structural adjustment, ANU Crawford School of Public Policy and University of Melbourne.

– Jonas Nahm, July 2018, Central-local relations and Chinas clean energy transition, visiting ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, from John Hopkins SAIS.

– John Wiseman, Stephanie Campbell, and Fergus Green, April 2018, Towards a just transition away from coal-fired power generation: Learning from the closure of the Hazelwood Power Station, Energy Transition Hub and University of Melbourne.

Short articles and opinion pieces

The end of coal-fired power can be managed or messy, F.Jotzo and J.Wiseman, Sydney Morning Herald, March 2020.

A coal tax to help the climate and the resource owners, F. Jotzo, The Conversation Nov 2015.


Submissions to inquiry into the retirement of coal fired power stations, Senate Environment and Communications References Committee, November 2016:

Submission by A/Prof Frank Jotzo, ANU

Submission by Prof John Wiseman, University of Melbourne

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