Ukraine’s coal mining communities are located in 5 regions – Donetsk, Luhansk, Dnipro, Volyn and Lviv. Despite the diverse situation in the communities and the challenges posed by Russia’s military aggression, all of them need comprehensive recovery and changes in the structure of the local economy, considering the unique challenges posed by the coal industry in these communities. As coal communities share many common challenges related to the coal industry’s functioning, the mining communities’ representatives have formed a working group and developed a common concept of a just transition in Reconstruction.
In order to develop a common vision for just transition of coal mining communities, a working group was established in March 2023, bringing together representatives of coal communities from four regions to join forces, synchronise work on strategies/programmes/plans for community reconstruction and update project ideas that were developed before the full-scale invasion.
The working group was created at the initiative of the Platform for Sustainable Development of Coal Towns in Donetsk Oblast, with which Ecoaction has been cooperating for 5 years to help stakeholders in coal regions develop recommendations and measures for a sustainable energy transition to clean energy and energy efficiency.
More information on the concept of just transformation of mining communities in the recovery is available here.
Download the Common concept of just transition of the coal regions in the reconstruction (PDF).