Know How To Close Coal Mines Without Shattering Livelihoods

Know How To Close Coal Mines Without Shattering Livelihoods

By Energy CIO Insights | Saturday, October 12, 2019

Coal industry creates environmental pollution, which can be minimized by decommissioning them and providing adequate replacements for workers.

FREMONT, CA: Countries all over the world are trying to reduce the production of coal. While this can help combat climate change, the communities specializing in coal mining will see a reduction and complete removal of their local job market. For many years, most of those countries have been mining coal. Despite tradition, such societies must eventually survive decarbonization unless they are convinced of their financial and social survival.

Workers in extractive industries such as mining and oil also view themselves as an anti-environmental public face. Research has nevertheless shown that dirty workers tend to support environmental policy when their immediate interests are not negatively affected. Their interests are not affected. Furthermore, there is clear evidence of the potential to create jobs in the same way that environmental protection and transition to the low-carbon economy could lead to unemployment.

Discussion with the Employees in Coal Industry

It is better to have a conversation with the workers and other people who were being benefitted by the coal industry business. It will be beneficial if the employees are given more importance than industrialists. The proportion of the workers on supervisory boards is based on the number of staff, i.e., one-third of employees are employees when the supervisory board has more than 500 employees, and more than 2000 people have equality. This has contributed to the gradual reduction and almost disappearance of coal mining without significant social or political disruption. This step will help in keeping trust with the employees and the public, which will help in the decarbonization process.

Job Market After Shutdown of Coal Mines

It is better to identify re-employment in clean industries as a way to maintain livelihoods. It is a bottom-up approach involving co-operation between workers, communities, employers, and government.

The coal industry's dominance has delayed the transition to a lower-carbon economy. Nevertheless, the development of new sectors has provided a platform for different groups involved to create sustainable companies such as the first workers ' factory, the manufacture of renewable energy appliances, and components. This illustrates how local communities can create jobs and maintain profits without relying on carbon.

Most manufacturing plants move between coal and gas. While this change generates jobs outside the coal industry, it does little to guarantee overall employment, considering that extraction and processing of natural gas require fewer employees than coal.

Investment in People's Future

Retraining helps staff to develop the skills needed to work outside the coal industry. A variety of fields, including science, commerce, business, and technology, are covered through training programs. Structural changes have produced highly competent workers and demonstrate the potential for economic growth and coal-free diversification. Education and learning have been made more available by subsidized retraining. It guarantees that the retraining of those who face retirement does not have an extra burden.

Make Previous Coal Towns Great Again 

Another way to secure stable changes for workers and their families is by investing in infrastructure. Government funding could be primarily focused on highways and railways alongside public infrastructure investments such as recreation and leisure. It makes it impossible for former mining areas to remain synonymous and more suitable for investing in other sectors, such as coal production, emissions, and socio-economic problems.

The elimination of fossil fuels like coal is vital to the achievement of emissions targets. This must not create enormous social unrest. Decarbonization policies can be developed and implemented with the goodwill of politicians and utilizing acts while retaining livelihoods for the directly affected.

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