JUST TRANSITION

Justice as a benchmark for the global energy transition: What does ‘Just Transition’ mean? What stakeholders are affected by the global energy transition, and how? And what must be borne in mind for just structural change to succeed?

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AN ENERGY TRANSITION THAT LEAVES NO ONE BEHIND

A successful energy transition will not be possible unless social factors are taken into account.

The energy transition is leading to profound changes. On the one hand, jobs are changing worldwide. In certain areas of work, such as in the coal industry, jobs are disappearing, while in other areas, such as in the production of photovoltaic modules, new jobs are emerging.

Raw materials such as lithium and cobalt, which are needed for restructuring energy and transport systems, are today often still extracted under conditions that are harmful to the environment and to our health. People extracting these raw materials are also affected by changing conditions.

This disparity is therefore playing an ever-greater role both within countries and internationally.

The goal is to shape an energy transition that brings benefits to all people: a ‘Just Transition’. People affected by the energy transition are taken into account by decision-makers.

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JUST TRANSITION – DISCOVER THE TOPIC FROM DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES

Putting a just energy transition into practice means bringing benefits to everyone. To this end, we have to understand and reconcile the different actors’ perspectives in order to shape the just transition together. Get to know the perspectives.

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  • "We achieve climate protection, participation and co-determination through renewable energy in the hands of citizens."

    Christoph Rinke

    BürgerEnergie Berlin

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  • "My vision is to ensure that every household has access to energy."

    Hamzat Lawal

    Connected Development (CODE)

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  • "We need to ensure that future generations can enjoy the same environmental benefits that we enjoy today."

    Isabella Villanueva

    Conference of Youth (COY) 15

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  • "Universal access to energy is a key element of energy transition."

    Miguel Fernández

    Energética

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  • "We need policy-makers with a long-term vision."

    Roxana Bucata

    Freie Journalistin

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  • "A just energy tranistion means intergenerational justice."

    Sara Engström

    European Energy Utility Company

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  • "We need strong social programmes to be able to support those that are unwilling or unable to make the transition."

    Scott Spencer

    Northwest Territories Power Corporation (ehemalig)

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  • "The European Union can be a real change maker for a just energy transition if it acts with a single voice."

    Anna Colucci

    VOLT Italy

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  • "The energy transition is a global issue that requires exchanges and the sharing of knowledge and technologies."

    Antoine Chapon

    German-French Office for the Energy Transition

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  • "Energy is in the heart of every economy."

    Hala Zawati

    Jordan Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources

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  • "Humanity and society depend on energy, thus we cannot longer base our energy system on non-renewable resources."

    Nina Scheer

    SPD Parliamentary Group

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  • "Climate change adaptation needs to go hand-in-hand with a sustainable energy supply."

    Sherwin Gatchalian

    Senate of the Philippines

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  • "My vision: prosumers become the primary generators of energy."

    Arturo Duhart Xacur

    Sunwise

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  • "Everyone in South Africa wants a just energy transition. This means different things to different people."

    Avena Jacklin

    groundWork

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  • "Investing in the energy transition means investing in people."

    Gerard Reid

    Alexa Capital

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  • "The reduction in carbon emissions and digitization of businesses go hand in hand."

    Jonquil Hackenberg

    Infosys

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  • "The energy transition is still very much about acceptance."

    Stefan Müller

    Enerparc

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  • "We need to make scientific information available to empower people in decision making."

    Alejandra Molina

    Explorador Solar Projekt

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  • "Political level commitment is needed for the global energy transition."

    Bill Hare

    Climate Analytics

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  • "How do new energy technologies impact local economies, local people and job creation?"

    Dr. John Parkins

    University of Alberta

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  • "In future, India's energy system will definitely run without carbon."

    Kanika Chawla

    Council on Energy, Environment and Water

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  • "The government needs to involve the population in the energy transition process."

    Kostyantyn Krynytsky

    EcoAction

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JUST TRANSITION IS A CONCEPT THAT ORIGINATED IN THE NORTH AMERICAN LABOUR MOVEMENT AND WAS DESIGNED BY TRADE UNIONS AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE ORGANISATIONS.

Restructuring our energy and economic systems offers many opportunities: opportunities for new jobs with good working conditions, for example in the field of renewable energy, opportunities for the sustainable modernisation of entire regions, and opportunities for a global climate policy based on solidarity, which protects the poorest and weakest countries and supports them in their efforts to adapt to climate change in order to achieve justice for the generations of today and the future.

A Just Transition emphasises these opportunities in order to improve the working and living conditions of people affected by the energy transition:

What main actors from the renewables industry, the environmental sector or from politics are key drivers of the energy transition and take decisions about how it is implemented?

Which groups of people and what regions are affected by the structural change, and to what extent? How can these actors be involved in the restructuring processes? Are all affected parties represented?

Which actors require support so that they can also benefit from the global energy transition?

Listen to the thoughts and experiences of actors worldwide who are shaping the energy transition and are affected by it.

To this end, actors from society, politics, business and the science community must work together to constantly renegotiate answers to the above questions.

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Analysis of the historical structural change in the German hard coal mining Ruhr area

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Propozycje Rekomendacji Dla Obszaru Sprawiedliwa Transformacja

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2030 - Analiza dot. granicznego roku odejścia od węgla w energetyce w Europie i Polsce

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Transformacja energetyczna w Polsce

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Raport Specjalistyczny Dla Obszaru Dla Technologicznego: Energetyka

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Beyond Net Zero: Empowering Climate Mitigation by Linking to Development Goals PREVIEW

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Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation - The Hydrogen Factor IRENA


The Hydrogen Factor IRENA

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Recommendations based on the workshop Cultivating Just Transition in Central and Eastern Europe

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Digitalisation in the Energy Sector

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The Geopolitics of the Energy Transition: A New World

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COVID-19 and Sustainable Mobility

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Remarkable Women in Transport 2019


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The international dimension of a just transition

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Transport For Under Two Degrees - A Foresight Study

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Gender Analysis and Nationally Determined Contributions

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Women for Sustainable Energy - Strategies to foster women's talents

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Accelerating the achievement of SDG7 Affordable and Clean Energy

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Delphi Energy Future 2040: On the Future of Energy Systems

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Global Renewables Outlook 2020

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Zielone miejsca pracy - Przypadek regionu bełchatowskiego

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2030 - Analysis of the border coal phase-out year in the energy sector in Europe and Poland

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Energy Transition in Poland

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Streszczenie - Polityka Energetyczna Polski Do 2040 R.

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Future Ahoy! An infographic novel about sustainable transport

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German Just Transition: A Review of Public Policies to Assist German Coal Communities in Transition

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The Net Zero Energy Transition Agora - Policy Case Studies


Policy Case Studies from the International Network of Energy Transition Think Tanks

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How can blockchain digitalise the energy sector

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A Price on Carbon

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The Geopolitics of Decarbonisation

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Disability inclusive public transport

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Key elements of a just transition

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Transforming Transport to ensure tomorrows mobility

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Transport for under two degrees - Report

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Renewable Energy - A gender perspective

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Foreign Policy and the just transition - a policy brief

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Beyond the Green Deal: Upgrading the EUs Energy Diplomacy for a New Era

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German National Hydrogen Strategy

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Minerals for Climate Action: The Mineral Intensity of a Clean Energy Transition

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