Date(s) - 04/05/2018
10:00 am PST - 11:00 am PST
ICLEI USA is partnering with the Heinrich Böll Foundation to present a case study on just transitions for coal communities.
Over decades, coal mining and burning has played an important role for energy production in Germany and the US. The economy of many regions was dominated by coal for a long time. But with coal being less and less competitive, declining jobs and the coal sector being one of the biggest polluters, these communities in both countries now experience big changes and challenges.
The Heinrich Böll Foundation fosters a transatlantic dialogue through study tours and discussion forums for community leaders in these regions to exchange about their experiences on adapting life after coal. They discuss strategies for economic development and solutions on reclaiming former coal sites to create a just transition for their communities. The short video “A Just Transition: The Way Forward for Coal Communities” shows the impressions of some U.S. participants during a study tour to Germany.
Nora Löhle is responsible for the foundation’s Energy and Environment Program, which fosters transatlantic dialogue in support of a low carbon economy agenda, with a particular focus on renewable energies. She is particularly interested in ecological and just transition processes and the role that digitalization and new technologies can play as a catalyst for ecological transformation.
Having worked at the Foundation’s headquarters in Berlin, its regional office in Baden-Württemberg, and the EU office in Brussels, Nora has profound experience in green political work. Prior to joining the Foundation’s North America office, Nora spent three years in the German parliament. As an advisor for a Green party MP, she worked on economy, energy and digital policies. Before, she worked for a consultancy in Berlin, advising ministries and companies on energy issues.