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Main Title: Economic Resilience of German Lignite Regions in Transition
Author(s): Stognief, Nora
Walk, Paula
Schöttker, Oliver
Oei, Pao-Yu
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Abstract: This paper recalls the development of the German lignite regions Rhineland and Lusatia since 1945 to allow for a better understanding of their situation in 2019. We analyze their economic resilience, defined as adaptive capacity, using Holling’s adaptive cycle model. We find that the Rhineland is currently in the conservation phase, while Lusatia experiences a reorganization phase following the economic shock of the German reunification. Key policy recommendations for the upcoming coal phase-out are to foster innovation within the Rhineland’s infrastructures to avoid overconnection, and to expand digital and transportation infrastructure in Lusatia so that the structurally weak region can enter the exploitation phase. Future policymaking should take into consideration the differences between the two regions in order to enable a just and timely transition during which lasting adaptive capacity can be built.
Issue Date: 28-Oct-2019
Date Available: 10-Jan-2020
DDC Class: 333 Boden- und Energiewirtschaft
Subject(s): coal phase-out
energy transition
coal transition
sustainability transition
just transition
structural change
regional economic resilience
adaptive cycle model
Sponsor/Funder: BMBF, 01LN1704A, Nachwuchsgruppe Globaler Wandel: CoalExit - Die Ökonomie des Kohleausstiegs - Identifikation von Bausteinen für Rahmenpläne zukünftiger regionaler Strukturwandel
DFG, 414044773, Open Access Publizieren 2019 - 2020 / Technische Universität Berlin
Journal Title: Sustainability
Publisher: MDPI
Publisher Place: Basel
Volume: 11
Issue: 21
Article Number: 5991
Publisher DOI: 10.3390/su11215991
EISSN: 2071-1050
Appears in Collections:FG Wirtschafts- und Infrastrukturpolitik (WIP) » Publications

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