Climate-change induced uncertainties, risks and opportunities for the coal-based region of Silesia: Stakeholders' perspectives

Tadeusz Skoczkowski , Sławomir Bielecki , Maksymilian Kochański , Katarzyna Korczak


Transformation of coal-dependent regions in the European Union has received much lower research interest than industry decarbonisation. Moreover, even if territorial strategies are proposed, positive aspects are highlighted, while the risks are neglected or not addressed explicitly. In this context, we explore transition stakeholders’ beliefs and perception about political, economic, social, environmental and technological risks and opportunities for the coal-dependent region of Silesia (Poland) – the largest European coal region. A multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary assessment of risks and opportunities demonstrates that all stakeholders but NGOs consider the consequences of climate change-induced uncertainties unambiguously negative. The territorial analysis of Silesian counties based on the Prevalent Vulnerability Index scoring shows that virtually all counties with the ongoing coal mining activity are expected to face difficulties with adapting to changes.
Author Tadeusz Skoczkowski (FPAE / IHE)
Tadeusz Skoczkowski,,
- The Institute of Heat Engineering
, Sławomir Bielecki (FPAE / IHE)
Sławomir Bielecki,,
- The Institute of Heat Engineering
, Maksymilian Kochański (FPAE / IHE)
Maksymilian Kochański,,
- The Institute of Heat Engineering
, Katarzyna Korczak (FPAE / IHE)
Katarzyna Korczak,,
- The Institute of Heat Engineering
Journal seriesEnvironmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, ISSN 2210-4224, (N/A 140 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets1.05
Keywords in EnglishCoal mining, Poland, Decarbonisation, Coal-intensive region, Regional transition
ASJC Classification3301 Social Sciences (miscellaneous); 2301 Environmental Science (miscellaneous); 2105 Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)140
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 140.0, 19-01-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus Citations = 0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 2.27; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 7.514 (2)
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