Supporting the transition of high-emitting regions to low-carbon innovation hotspots

Achieving carbon neutrality in energy and resource-intensive industrial regions requires creative solutions and forward-thinking when taking climate action. Re-Industrialise supports public authorities, companies and entrepreneurs within energy and resource-intensive European industrial regions in the planning, development and roll-out of their transition towards a low-carbon economy.

The challenges

Regional industry transformation carries a perceived risk of negative economic and social impacts on communities, which can lead to resistance of policy makers, businesses and civil society in these regions. This hinders innovation and substantially slows down climate action. New solutions to tackle industrial transition need to combine both decarbonisation and economic development.

What we offer

We believe that actors within high emitting regions can reduce their emissions and meet environmental targets, while simultaneously improving economic, employment, and social well-being.

EIT Climate-KIC and its partners are here to support key players in industrial areas and regions to uptake sustainable transition pathways by:

  • Identifying new markets and potential transition opportunities
  • Offering access to financing for programmes that deliver sustainable prosperity
  • Quantifying the business potential for a specific region, industrial area or city
  • Providing an opportunity to network with relevant organisations in the region to help transitions move forward
  • Creating the space to share and learn from others undergoing similar transitions
  • Helping create a start-up ecosystem to develop innovations that supports the transition
  • Customised training opportunities that enable stakeholders to steer and manage the transition phases

Our target regions

Silesia, Poland: The Silesian Metropolitan Area is Poland’s largest industrial region and home to over 5 million inhabitants. A strong decrease of the local mining industry in the early 1990s led to a multitude of complex and interdependent challenges. Lay-offs in the mining industry in the last decade, a lack of skilled labour as well as significant environmental pollution mark the most pressing challenges within the region. However, Silesia is economically still in a good position with comparatively low unemployment rates – but to ensure economical prosperity in the long-term, the region needs to diversify its industry and develop a new strategic outlook.

North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany: With nearly 18 million inhabitants, North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) is the most densely populated region in Germany. Historically, mining has played a major role in NRW and its rise to economic importance was mainly fostered by coal extraction. The decrease of coal extraction and associated activities since the 1960s has led to important economic structural changes. Nowadays, mining only takes place in the Rhineland lignite region. Several initiatives support the transition to cleaner and greener business solutions, but a gradual phase out of coal still represents challenges for the region which can only be minimised if decarbonisation goes hand in hand with economic development.

Not from one of those regions? Re-Industrialise is planning to extent its focus on additional regions in 2019 and will offer access to reports, E-Learnings and knowledge products relevant to regions all across Europe.

What do we currently work on?

Podravska Region on the Right Way

Discovering new pathways to support low-carbon industry and eco-innovation for sustainable regional planning

Podravska Region on the Right Way
Infrastructure Needs of EU Industrial Transformation

Identifying infrastructural needs arising from decarbonisation

Infrastructure Needs of EU Industrial Transformation
HyDistrict

Developing a platform for hydrogen-based industry in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

HyDistrict

Completed Projects in 2018

Supporting smart diversification of the Silesian industrial base

Developing a decision-supporting tool to identify new areas of regional specialisation

Supporting smart diversification of the Silesian industrial base
Smart Transitions

Identifying tools to support regional decarbonisation

Smart Transitions
Locational effects of deep decarbonisation of basic industries

Developing a model to stimulate regional allocation of future investment

Locational effects of deep decarbonisation of basic industries