Innovation Regions for a Just Energy Transition

Innovation Regions for a Just Energy Transition


Key stakeholders in coal regions in developing and emerging economies plan for and implement just energy transition pathways away from coal and towards a low-carbon energy system, consistent with the Paris Agreement and the ILO Just Transition Guidelines


The coal phase-out will have economic and social effects in coal regions in developing and emerging countries, threating local livelihoods, economic activities and jobs.

A Just Energy Transition ensures that workers, communities and employers are prepared to cope with challenges posed by the energy transition, through the joint development of plans for the creation of new and decent jobs and targeted policies that address underlying social inequalities, reducing structural and cultural barriers to the participation of affected groups, especially women.

The project supports a just transition away from coal while ensuring inclusive and sustainable economic development and the creation of decent work and social protection in selected coal regions in Asia, Africa and Latin America. IKI JET includes:

  • Just Energy Transition in Coal Regions (JET-CR) – Interregional Platform, supporting the exchange between coal regions in the global south via an International Network, policy dialogue and a Knowledge Hub. The platform is jointly funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Partnerships (DG INTPA)
  • Two country components, supporting the development of just energy transition plans in coal regions in Indonesia (East Kalimantan and South Sumatra) and India (Jharkhand).

IKI JET is implemented by GIZ and Climate Action Network International (CAN I), International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Just Transition Center of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) (participation under review) and Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy.

Approach/Field of intervention

  • Potential transformational measures: economic diversification and regeneration, social protection, green and decent job creation
  • Social dialogue and stakeholder engagement
  • Co-creation of knowledge

Targeted beneficiaries

Population in the target countries / regions that will be positively or negatively affected by induced transformational changes around the coal industry.


Chile , Colombia , India , Indonesia , Mongolia , South Africa , Thailand , Viet Nam


December 2022 - July 2026

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