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Added Value of a Regional Energy Transition in the Lusatian and Rhenish Lignite Mining Regions Value-Added and Employment Potentials by the Expansion of Photovoltaics and Wind Energy

To achieve the 1.5 degree Celsius target set in the Paris Climate Agreement, a total coal phase out is needed. The withdrawal from the use of lignite is connected with structural changes, which will also cause a loss of jobs within the affected industries. However, the energy transition offers potential for value added and employment effects. In this brief study on behalf of Greenpeace Energy, the IÖW analyzed economic effects through the expansion of renewable energies until the year 2030.
One focus of the study were the possible employment effects in connection with the expansion of renewable energies within the affected federal states. Another focus of the study was the determination of potential value-added and employment effects through the expansion of photovoltaic and wind energy for the two lignite mining areas Rhineland and Lusatia. Additionally, it was analyzed how the expansion should be organised to ensure economic benefits at the highest possible level within the regions.
The study was presented by Prof. Dr. Bernd Hirschl (IÖW) and Greenpeace Energy at a press conference on May 9th, 2017 and received a broad media response.

To download the study (in German) please visit