There’s a Way to Quit Coal Without Wrecking Jobs and Communities

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8 December 2023

It’s a persistent global conundrum: Can policymakers close coal mines and power plants without ruining local economies in the process?

In August, a delegation of Vietnamese officials looking to answer that question took the two-hour drive east from Melbourne into the Latrobe Valley. Bundled against the Australian winter, they sped past the cooling towers of the Yallourn power station and the open-cut mines near Morwell, vestiges of the region’s rapidly dying industry. The 18 members of parliament visited a new battery facility built on the site of a now-defunct coal-fired power station, and met with local leaders to discuss their approach.

The tour was conducted as part of an ICEDS Masterclass on Climate Change and Energy Transition. 

Read the full story on Bloomberg here.