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.

Our research

As part of the Australian research, we

– 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.


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)


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.

Short articles

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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