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Industry shutdowns are messy and painful: lessons Australia’s coal sector can learn from car-makers about bowing out

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🗞️ Driving the news: As Australia moves towards low-carbon technologies, the transition from coal plants presents significant social and economic challenges
• Learning from the Australian car industry's closure, particularly Holden's, can offer valuable insights into managing the shift with minimal disruption

🔭 The context: The closure of coal-fired power plants is imperative for environmental sustainability but poses risks to communities deeply intertwined with the coal industry
• Australia's car manufacturing shutdowns, especially Holden's Elizabeth plant in 2017, provide lessons on managing large-scale industrial transitions

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The transition away from coal towards renewable energy sources is crucial for reducing greenhouse gas emissions
• Applying lessons from past industrial closures can help ensure this shift also supports economic and social sustainability, aligning with broader environmental goals

⏭️ What's next: The findings suggest a well-planned, gradual transition that includes innovative solutions, family support, and collaborative efforts can ease the impact on communities
• These lessons are vital as Australia and other countries navigate the complex process of decarbonizing their economies

💬 One quote: "Holden planned a staged release of workers over three years. This prompted local and state agencies to coordinate resources, and helped workers and their families plan for the transition without experiencing immediate pressure on their social and economic wellbeing."

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