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ENTRANCES - ENergy TRANsitions from Coal and carbon: Effects on Societies

ENTRANCES considers the differential social and economic effects of targeting net-zero carbon emissions through a clean energy transition on coal and carbon-dependent regions across the EU.

ENTRANCES is a three-year project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The project aims to develop a fuller understanding of cross-cutting issues related to a clean energy transition in European coal mining and carbon-intensive regions. The project intends to address challenges faced by these regions taking into account multi-dimensional perspectives involving different key players at territorial, regional, national, European, and global levels. In Wales, the project focuses on the steel-producing region of Port Talbot.

The ENTRANCES project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement nº 883947.


  • To develop a better understanding of the challenges faced by the selected European coal mining and carbon-intensive regions
  • To co-create a set of recommendations from the project findings using multi-level perspectives
  • To develop comprehensive knowledge and insights on the Social Science and Humanities aspects of transitioning to clean energy
  • To contribute towards a common vision by taking into account societal implications and opportunities of “Clean Energy Transition”

External partners

  • University of A Coruna (UDC)
  • Agenzia nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l'energia e lo sviluppo economico (ENEA)
  • Knowledge and Innovation – Rome (K&I)
  • Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH)
  • Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER)
  • Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI)
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
  • European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA)
  • Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI)
  • Women Engage for a Common Future
  • Center of Social and Psychological Sciences
  • Instytut Gospodarki Surowcami Mineralnymi i Energią PAN  (IGSMiE PAN)
  • University ‘Alexandru Ioan Cuza University’ of Iasi

The project team

Principal investigator

Dr Adrian Healy

Principal Research Fellow