TRACER project comes to a close

Since 2019, EPRC has been one of 15 partners in the Horizon 2020 TRACER project, which supports nine coal-intensive (and former coal-intensive) regions across Europe to (re)design Research and Innovation strategies for their transition towards a sustainable energy system. The TRACER project closed with an Investors Workshop and a Final Policy Conference on 20-21 September 2022 in Brussels. These events counted over 50 participants each, including partners and stakeholders from all nice coal regions, local and regional SMEs, researchers, civil society, European Commission officials and many others.

An Investors Workshop on 20 September showcased prospective ideas for regeneration in each of the TRACER coal regions. The projects were appraised by a jury of three finance and clean technology experts: Michal Sobczyk from EIT InnoEnergy, Suzana Carp from Cleantech for Europe and Professor Jan Bekkering from the Hanze University of Applied Sciences. The Investors workshop closed with a panel discussion on EU funding instruments with the Secretariat of the Coal Regions in Transition (CRIT) and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Climate.

The TRACER Final Conference on 21 September introduced the main results of the project in nine coal regions and opened the discussion with policymakers on the barriers, challenges and opportunities. The panel discussion on post-mining landscapes highlighted the importance of changing mindset about post-mining lands and looking for new opportunities in the topics of biodiversity, ecosystem services and tourism. The panel discussion on social challenges and reskilling provided an overview of the Net Zero Wales – Skills for the New Decarbonisation Plan.

The project finally came to its conclusion on 30 September 2022. All the reports on different topics elaborated under the frame of the various work packages of the project can be found in the “Publications” section of TRACER website.

The presentations of the TRACER Investors Workshop can be accessed here.

The presentations of the TRACER Final Conference can be accessed here.

Read the full press release here.

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