The benefits of aiming towards climate neutrality by 2050 go beyond climate and environment as new jobs are expected to replace employment in traditional fossil fuel sectors. However, different countries and regions have different starting points. In order to ensure just transition which brings all regions and citizens on board and leaves no one behind targeted policy measures and enabling conditions are needed. Cities, regions, national governments, international organisations and international financial institutions need to synchronise their actions to achieve lasting results.
This session explored how this multi-level governance can work in practice and how different actors are leading the way in ensuring Just Transition based on the experience of the European Commission Coal Regions in Transition Initiative, the Powering Past Coal Alliance and the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. It also explored how different initiatives can work together in a coordinated manner to facilitate global efforts to deliver on the Paris Agreement objectives.
Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy
New EU Commissioner for Energy, @KadriSimson speaks at our #EUEnergyDay event at #COP25 on the importance of ensuring a #JustTransition.@EU_Commission will use all available tools to support regions dependent on fossil fuels decarbonise their economies.https://t.co/YwxbtxexoL pic.twitter.com/YVTVp67oDr— Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA) (@PastCoal) December 10, 2019
Isabel Blanco, The EBRD
At a #COP25Madrid side event today on coal and #JustTransition - a greener future with social justice hardwired in - the question was “you may be wondering in all this where the money is” and the answer was “I am asking @EBRD’s Isabel Blanco to explain”. #BecomingAnAuthority pic.twitter.com/Z7tChA02yZ— vanora bennett at work (@VanoraBennett) December 10, 2019
Katrien Rycken, Director of Leuven 2030, Leuven
Talking about stretching your personal comfort zone.. Humbled to have been invited by #DGEnergy to present the inspiring Leuven approach regarding an inclusive, ambitious urban climate transition at #COP25. Interesting panel discussion on top.@leuven2030 #RoadTo2050 #grateful pic.twitter.com/DfK6pH0Uth— Katrien Rycken (@KatrienRycken) December 10, 2019
Tara Peel, National Director at Canadian Labour Congress
Tara Peel of @CanadianLabour highlights PPCA’s commitment to a #JustTransition at our #EUEnergyDay #COP25 event.— Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA) (@PastCoal) December 10, 2019
Our #JustTransition taskforce aims to:
/ Share best practices amongst members
/ Offer solutions to others, especially the big coal users