Coal Transitions research project

We lead the Australian research component of a multilateral project convened by IDDRI and ClimateStrategies. The project involves on the ground research in Australia, China, Germany, India, Poland and South Africa. The overall project goals are described here.

International project goals

The project aims to

– promote deeper understanding amongst relevant national and international stakeholders of the implications of global climate mitigation activities for the future of coal production and consumption;

– support societally acceptable transition away from coal, to marry coal phase out with economic renewal and a just transition in key countries;

– promote knowledge and acceptance new narratives on the future of coal, enabling conditions, and concrete steps for national coal phase out strategies; as well as exchange, learning and more coordination on transition policies at international level.

Australian research

As part of the Australian research, we will

– investigate regional economic and social dimensions, looking at the case of transition from brown coal fired power in the Latrobe Valley. This work is jointly led with the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at University of Melbourne;

– analyse options for governments to support the energy transition, including through policy mechanisms aimed at orderly transition, and fiscal policy instruments as tools to create incentives and create revenue for supporting the transition and investing in the foundations of new industries;

– create scenarios for Australia’s coal use and production in the context of global trajectories for climate change mitigation.


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


Kick-off events and presentations of early results will take place in 2017.


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