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Just Transition in Valea Jiului

Discover our actions dedicated to adopting just transition in the coal-dependent area from Valea Jiului, Romania.


The European Union has committed to phasing out coal-based energy by 2030. The amount of carbon dioxide (the main greenhouse gas that increases global temperature) emitted by coal-fired power plants is particularly high. Romania has announced that it will gradually exit from coal energy until 2032. But what do the alternatives look like for areas like Valea Jiului, which are almost completely dependent on coal? And how can a fair transition be achieved?
We believe that solutions can be identified at the intersection between entrepreneurial and NGO initiatives. Thus, we organized a series of events, together The Community Lab 2022 – Post Coal Future Lab.

Bootcamp on Sustainable Alternatives

On November 12th, we organized a bootcamp for identifying sustainable solutions in the coal-dependent area of Valea Jiului, Romania.


We continued with an online hackathon, where the solutions outlined in the Bootcamp were better defined and then presented in the form of a pitch.

Webinar - Alternative financing methods

On December 5th, we had a webinar on Alternative financing methods for impact businesses.

The Future Of Sustainability

On the 15th of December, let’s shape together „The Future of Sustainability”.

Open Call for Community Experiments

Apply now to the Open Call dedicated to supporting community experiments that aim at overcoming existing barriers in Just Transition in Romania, Czechia, and Poland.

About the initiative

The Community Lab 2022 is an initiative funded by EIT Climate-KIC that aims to address the complex challenges of the energy transition, contributing to making it just, community-driven and focused on positive visions of sustainable development. It aims to strengthen the ecosystem of organizations, experts and leaders (formal and informal) in Central and Eastern Europe working towards the transition of coal-dependent regions to a zero-carbon economy. Based on previous editions of the Community Lab and the Post-Coal Future Lab platform, the focus is on coal-based regions in: Poland (Greater Poland, Silesia), Czech Republic (Silesia-Moravia) and Romania (Jiu Valley). In this edition, the Community Lab partners are: EIT Climate-KIC, Agirre Lehendakaria Center, WiseEuropa, The Climate Vertical and Impact Hub Innovation.