In co-operation with our partner the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, we explore the issue of ‘just transition’. This idea has evolved, in a sense, as a sub-set of the Green New Deal. Making the ecological transition to a sustainable future is essential—it is now widely agreed—but if this is not done in a just fashion it can have negative social side-effects, particularly in terms of lost jobs in fossil-fuel industries and fuel poverty for the socially excluded.
This project elaborates what ‘just transition’ means—from the concept itself to its outworkings on the ground. It includes contributions from the Spanish deputy prime minister and minister for the ecological transition, from leading figures in the trade union movement in Europe and internationally and from the director of the European consumer organisation.
A common thread is the need to engage widely those affected and to draw on their knowledge to develop plans for re-employment and retraining which offer a positive perspective. What emerges more generally from the collated material is that ‘just transition’ is now a robust and well-developed idea supported by many examples of good practice. It falls to the European Union to will the means, in terms of the scale of the Just Transition Fund it has established.