Coal Mine Methane and Just Transitions: Guidelines for Establishing New Best Practices
The mining world is undergoing rapid transition in response to climate change and other challenges. Regions and mine sites around the world are facing, preparing for, or going through transitions. What are the guidelines for establishing new best practices to ensure future sustainability? Whose voices do we need to include to help shape these guidelines?
Some regions and sites around the world are already engaging with Just Transitions principles and methodologies. It’s important to understand the lessons that have been learned from Just Transitions, especially to navigate any gaps in knowledge.
What is evident is the need to plan well ahead for transitions and involve all stakeholders in co-designing and implementing the post transition plan. Transitional plans need to include factors such as regional employment and identity post transition, financial and social supports, retraining of workers, safe mine closure, environmental rehabilitation and post-mining land use, and management of emissions including coal mine methane, to name just a few.
How do we understand and apply best practice through transitions? How can we plan well in advance, with real input from all relevant stakeholders – the mining industry, unions, workers, communities and governments – and optimise the use of data and learn from case studies?
This presentation was first delivered at the United Nations, Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane and Just Transition, 21-23 September 2022, Palais Des Nations, Geneva
31st Session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy
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