Published on March 18, 2021

EU coal, peat and oil shale regions: updated analysis of the challenges ahead

A new JRC study maps the challenges of the energy transition for the EU coal, peat and oil shale regions.

According to the two scenarios considered, – the NECPs and the ENTSO-E Ten-Year Network Development Plans (TYNDP)-, the potential job losses in coal-fired power plants and mines in the next decade are likely to range from 54,000 to 112,000, out of a total of 208,000 current direct jobs.

At the same time, the wide-scale deployment of renewable energy and other low-carbon energy technologies can provide between 106,681 and 314,416 jobs in the affected regions, as outlined in the 2020 report on clean energy technologies in the coal regions.