3 ideas Ltd

Mining Industries and the Sustainable Transformation of
Towns with Circular Economy and Just Transition

10 December 2018 / 10:00 – 13:00

PCCB Capacity-Building Hub / RYSY Meeting Room 24 - Area E

“Taking into account the imperatives of a just transition of the workforce and the creation of decent work and quality jobs in accordance with nationally defined development priorities”. The Paris Agreement Preamble

The role of mining in over 180 national economies worldwide has a substantial impact on the global economy. Many of these national economies are in low- and middle-income countries. Numerous industrial sectors increasingly depend on supply of commodities from underground for metals and minerals. However, their use and the traditional extraction processes affect the environment and people living in the concerned areas.

This project aims to explore the Just Transition of mining communities to low carbon economies. Mining towns face a diverse range of challenges ranging from setting up mining operations, creating neighbourhoods for the mining community, enjoying periods of prosperity, closing of the mines, to facilitating new jobs for the local community afterwards.



The objective of the project to be presented during this session is to explore opportunities behind the sustainable transformation of mining cities. Best practice, scalable solutions that could be implemented locally as well as globally whilst fostering North-South collaboration will be described.

  1. North – South, South – South and Triangle Collaboration
    The UNFCCC Convention, the Paris Agreement and the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development call for North-South collaboration. It is proposed to carry out an initial socioeconomic and spatial mapping exercise of the urban transformation of cities, in Poland (Jastrzębie Zdrój in the Katowice Special Economic Zone, the Salesian Province) and in South Africa and Zambia. This will help to formulate an understanding of complex processes, in order to see how this transformation is currently taking place and how it may be aided by other sustainable solutions for selected cities.
  2. Circular Economy and Just Transition
    A holistic concept of the principles of circular economy will be explored with the best options for the long-term socioeconomic transformation needed in mining cities. It is hoped that in a later stage of the project some of these recommendations will be implemented in the participating cities.
  3. The Pathways to Prosperity and Social Resilience
    The resilience of local people will be also studied to understand social aspects of Just Transition and depict important factors of community resilience including local culture.

A multidisciplinary team of some of the world’s leading scientists will bring their research & development expertise to offer the best practice solutions. These will be combined with inputs from the local communities, cities and the United Nations representatives.

List of speakers
Ms Bridget Storrie
Former Journalist, mediator and a PhD candidate at The UCL Institute for Global Prosperity, London (UK)
Dr Marzena Chodor
Co-Chair of the Paris Committee on Capacity-Building (PCCB)
Dr Janusz Michałek
President of the Katowice Special Economic Zone (Poland)
Dr. Karen Hanghøj
CEO, Managing Director, EIT Raw Materials, European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) (EU)
Professor Joanna Kulczycka
Joint Principal Investigator, Faculty The Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Cracow (Poland) Chief Expert and Head of Division of The Department of Policy and Strategic Research, Joint Principal Investigator, Economic Potential of Mining Towns in Europe and Just Transition
Dr Sandra Piesik
Joint Principal Investigator, 3 ideas Limited, Director, London (UK), Visiting Professor at the Institute for Global Prosperity (University College London), (UK) Joint Principal Investigator (the Panel Convenor)
Professor Sue Harrison
The University of Cape Town Department of Chemical Engineering Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (South Africa), Joint Principal Investigator
Professor Jan Cilliers
Imperial College London (UK)
Joint Principal Investigator, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Earth Science & Engineering, Chair in Mineral Processing, Wealth creation, Circular Economy and the Mining Industry
Dr Matthew Davies
Associate Professor, the Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP), University College London, The Faculty of the Built Environment of University College London, London (UK), The Pathways to Prosperity & Social Resilience
Mr Kazimierz Grajcarek
The Polish Mining Community and Pre-COP24 Action  Representative (Poland)
The Pathways to Prosperity Workshop
North – South, South – South and Triangle Collaboration
The Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP), University College London, The Faculty of the Built Environment of University College London, London (UK),

UNFCCC Convention
Preamble, Art 2 Objectives, Art 4 Commitments, Art 5 Research and Systematic Observation, Art 6 Education, Training and Public Awareness

The Paris Agreement
Preamble; Art 2, Art 4, Art 6, Art 7 Adaption, Art 9 Technology Development & Transfer, Art 11 Capacity Building, Art 12

The Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development
SDG 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17