The world has seen many transitions in the past, from automation to the decline or relocation of entire industries, leading to job losses and economic hardship. This has created a fear that future transitions will be similarly painful.
Low-carbon energy transitions are already happening in many countries, often due to economic factors or health concerns, but also supported and accelerated by climate change policies. Nevertheless, the actors involved, including governments, businesses, workers, and communities have a tendency to protect the status quo and keep carbon-intensive industries alive.
Early action on a just transition can minimize the negative impacts and maximize positive opportunities. The Paris Agreement on climate change includes just transition as an important principle. Just transition is not a fixed set of rules, but a vision and a process based on dialogue and an agenda shared by workers, industry, and governments that need to be negotiated and implemented in their geographical, political, cultural, and social contexts. It is implemented with a set of guiding principles, such as the International Labour Organization's guidelines for a just transition.
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Building Bridges to a Just Transition: Connecting India's challenges and solutions with international experience
This brief provides an initial assessment of priorities and opportunities for research and information sharing on just transition in India based on a review of international literature and expert interviews.
Trudeau promised a transition strategy for oil-and-gas workers, now it’s rarely mentioned
Nearly two years ago, Justin Trudeau made a promise that in retrospect looks both prescient and half-baked.
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This report is an analysis of international public finance for natural gas expansion in the Global South, the economic and environmental costs, and clean alternatives.
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