A 'just transition' is fundamentally about ensuring fairness and social justice. Derived from the North American labour unions in the 1990s, the phrase described a program of support for workers who lost their jobs due to environmental protection policies. Today, the concept is far broader and speaks to the actions and plans that will ultimately support our industries and future-proof our communities through long-term decarbonisation strategies.
The transition to a zero-carbon society implies that new jobs will emerge, others will disappear and others still will be fundamentally transformed. In the context of the Paris Agreement negotiations, the impacts of these shifts were not left unnoticed. The final Paris Agreement text embedded the need for governments and unions to ensure a just transition for communities.
The closures of Australian coal-fired power stations provides us with a unique opportunity to work with a small, but dynamic, group of workers and implement a series of packages that support both the workers and their communities to find socially fair outcomes. It is an opportunity to look to Germany to the Ruhr Valley to see what socially fair outcomes look like, and to the Appalachia region of the United States, where the waste and failure is palpable. It is a chance for communities, unions, businesses, and governments to test ideas and innovations, to be adaptive and support workers and industry in their transition to a low carbon economy.
Australia's Chief Scientist Alan Finkel points out, in this interview, the need for Australia to develop better storage systems and reflects on the recent report from ACOLA. California Energy Commissioner Andrew McAllister, also warns Australia to pursue demand side...Read more
Industry misconceptions around high cost and poor market interest in energy efficient homes continue to obstruct the mass adoption of low carbon housing. Josh’s House demonstrates that low carbon housing is accessible and cost effective. The Star Performers series showcases how...Read more
In response to feedback, high-income households can reduce their energy use to a larger degree than low-income households (17% vs 3% reduction). This and other insights were gained by two rapid reviews into research, both Australian and International, on digital services and...Read more
In October 2018, IGCC convened a workshop in Auckland to look at how to invest in climate solutions in New Zealand. This report captures the current climate finance landscape in New Zealand, some of the key insights to emerge from the workshop discussion and recommendations for next steps which IGCC will take forward.
The overall finding is an essential message for New Zealand – the transition to a low emissions economy is achievable, but will be challenging. Effort is required across many areas. Stable and credible climate policy is essential for long-term change.