Wolfhart Pohl


Lead Specialist Environment and Geosciences
World Bank Group

Wolfhart (Wolf) currently holds a position as Lead Specialist for Environment and Geosciences in the World Bank, focusing on coal transition and decarbonization, legacy pollution management, land remediation and repurposing, and spatial optimization in the context of former mining and industrial sites. His latest operational engagements are in the context of large scale coal mine closure and transition programs under the World Bank's "just transition" program, involving current studies and advisory work in Bosnia-Herzegovina, China, Greece, Poland, and Serbia. In previous roles Wolf operated out of Bangkok, covering the East Asia Pacific (EAP) region as coordinator of the environmental due diligence services; in Nairobi (Kenya) he was as Advisor on Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FVC), responsible for environmental compliance in the Bank’s operations in its most difficult and complex Client countries. From 2006 to 2013 Wolf worked for the Europe and Central Asia Region as senior specialist for environment and geosciences, specializing in environmental management in large, complex and high-risk projects. In his life before the World Bank Wolf held senior positions in various engineering and geotechnical consulting firms, providing applied geosciences services in pollution management, mine waste management (especially tailings deposits), mine closure, and geo-hazard management. Wolf holds a master’s degree in Geology and a PhD in Environmental Geosciences.

Session 2
17 October 2023 / 11:30 - 13:00

World Bank engagement on Just Transition in ECA

Presentation will cover World Bank's Coal Sector Transition Assessment Framework (3x3 Matrix) for analyzing a Just Transition away from coal, countries of engagement and scope of undertaken activities in chosen European countries, with more attention given to Poland.