The evolving energy landscapes of coal: Windows on the past and influences on the future

Martin J. Pasqualetti, Bohumil Frantál

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Coal energy landscapes have changed dramatically over the last decades, including geographic shifts in production and consumption, technological changes that have reduced labour demand and led to relatively new mining practices (e.g. invasive mountain-top approaches), changed economic footprints, a shutdown of capacities or a complete end of mining in many regions with massive impacts on regional and local economies, community well-being, social capital, et cetera. Then the Covid-19 pandemic and Russiás invasion of Ukraine have fundamentally affected the global economy, disrupted energy markets, and shattered existing estimates about development trends, challenging the progress and speed of the low-carbon energy transition and coal phase-out. This article provides a brief reflection on the changing landscapes of coal and their possible futures, and serves as an introduction to the Special Issue of Moravian Geographical Reports on "The death of coal in the energy transition? Regional perspectives".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)228-236
Number of pages9
JournalMoravian Geographical Reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2022


  • coal mining
  • coal phase-out
  • energy crisis
  • energy landscapes
  • energy transitions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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