A just energy transition to sustainable low carbon economies

Smog in Chongqing, China

Given the new international framework set up by the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Just Transition movement i.e. transforming energy system into a sustainable, clean and safe one with justice consideration would benefit from a critical reflection and systematic analysis on broader dimensions and implications of the interlinkages between global energy transition and justice in the context of ‘low carbon development pathways’.

Jointed initiated by Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation and Bread for the World and implemented mainly by Climate & Development Advice, the project aims at elaborating a study on global energy transformation as a matter of justice (phase 1), followed by outreach activities (phase 2) in selected developing countries with a view to influencing the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Pathway 2050 implementation and elaboration from a just transition perspective. The methodological framework is expected to deliver a system of criteria and indicators to measure the level of „justice“ enshrined in NDCs. 10-12 country case studies will be also included. An expert from adelphi will contribute to the conceptual and methodological development and country case study on China. The country case study includes its development profile and current status in achieving selected SDGs, climate and energy profile, and NDC assessment against just transition indicators. Based on them, recommendations will be provided in view of Just transition principles.