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ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network working with more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.

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CINTRAN – Carbon Intensive Regions in Transition – Unravelling the Challenges of Structural Change

What we are doing

In order to meet the climate change mitigation objectives of the EU and the objectives of the Paris Agreement, it’s inevitable that the EU phases out fossil fuel consumption in the power sector and decarbonizes fossil-fuel dependent industries. Decarbonization will lead to deep structural changes with implications for regional economies, labour markets, and for the regions’ social, political, cultural and demographic composition. If not managed well, these structural changes may cause serious economic impacts, societal upheaval, aggravated social inequalities and hardship. To minimize such consequences it’s necessary to better understand the patterns and dynamics of structural change in response to decarbonization at the regional level, to understand which parameters determine the pace of transformation as well as the capacity of regional actors to adapt and pro-actively create alternative structures. This project aims to enable these activities through highly integrated, inter- and transdisciplinary research working in close collaboration with regional stakeholders. It combines quantitative model-based research with qualitative in-depth analysis.

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What we are achieving

ICLEI ES specific role in the CINTRAN consortium is to support and enable co-creation and co-design by acting as a bridging agent to regional and local stakeholders in carbon-intensive regions within and beyond the four focus regions. ICLEI will also develop and coordinate capacity building and peer learning among the engaged carbon-intensive regions. ICLEI will: • enrich and validate project results by involving a broader community of regions, representing different geo-graphical, political and socio-economic realities, in the co-creation process • ensure lasting impact of the project by embedding its results in the regional policy processes, as well as by building the capacity of regional and local actors to take the transition process further • enable socially just transition in coal-intensive regions by targeted advocacy activities at the national, European and global level, connecting with other relevant projects, initiatives and organisations

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Center for Sustainable Energy Systems, Centre for Climate and Energy Policy, Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation, Centre for Energy Economics Research, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Charles University, Climate Strategies, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, DIW Berlin - German Institute for Economic Research, Draworld Environment Research Center, Energy Research Centre, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Institute for Structural Research, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations, Instrat, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, Northeastern University - London, Physical Resource Theory, Tsinghua University, UFZ, Universidad del Magdalena, University of British Columbia, University of Oxford, Workgroup for Infrastructure Policy,

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