The Coal Challenge
Climate Change, Employment, and Energy Politics
Wednesday | January 22, 2020 | 5 - 7pm
Faculty of Business and Economics (WWZ) | University of Basel
Public Event Has Been Concluded!
On Jan 22, we welcomed more than 100 participants at the Coal Challenge symposium at the University of Basel.
Thank you all for making this a lively, interactive session. We want to extend our special thanks to the 17 members of Gymnasium Münchenstein for being an active part of the audience!
Photos: Robert Stürmer / Stürmer Foto / www.stuermerfoto.ch
Related Media - Expert Workshop
Did you know that the public event on Jan 22, 2020, was part of a 3-day expert workshop on coal policy hosted by COALSTAKE? Before and after the event, about 30 invited experts from policy, industry, and academia were discussing developments around coal in countries like Australia, Canada, Germany, and Japan. Here, you can watch videos related to the expert workshop.
Event Flyer & Program
What did we aim to discuss at the event?
Coal accounts for 28% of the global primary energy supply, and coal-fired power generation is the single largest source of CO2 emissions. To meet the Paris climate goals, a large part of the world’s coal reserves must remain unused. This is why many countries are considering policies to discontinue the mining and/or use of coal. However, while some countries have already adopted concrete strategies to phase out coal, others have not even brought the issue on to the political agenda. Where do these differences come from?
The symposium ‘The Coal Challenge‘ brought together experts from international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), energy industry, and academia to discuss a changing investment landscape in the light of national decisions on coal in advanced industrialized countries. The focus of the debate included the constellations under which the relevant stakeholders (energy companies, trade associations, local governments, NGOs, etc.) can or cannot agree on pathways to phase out coal. We also focused on the role of local coal industries, their positioning in global resource trade, and the perspectives for employees in times of structural change. Ultimately, sustainable and politically feasible coal policies are not possible without addressing these challenges.
Event Host - Project COALSTAKE
The project COALSTAKE, the host of this symposium, is funded by SNIS (Swiss Network for International Studies) running from October 2019. The project is coordinated by Prof. Aya Kachi of the University of Basel and Dr. Adrian Rinscheid of the University of St.Gallen.
The public event will take place at the Faculty of Business and Economics, the University of Basel. We are near the train station Basel SBB.
Faculty of Business and Economics
Peter Merian-Weg 6, 4002 Basel
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