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Global efforts to mitigate climate change are ramping up, with a rising numbers of countries, companies and financiers taking action to tackle climate change. At the same time, climate changes, such as temperature and weather changes, are increasing, with dramatic impacts on populations. These are having material impacts on the economy and society. In the short term, dealing with this transition has materialised primarily in a focus on the decarbonisation of the energy systems. In the medium to long term, this will extend to virtually all sectors and segments of society.

In this context, the just transition agenda has taken centre stage. It aims to lower the risks faced by the most affected and vulnerable stakeholders, such as working people, small businesses and low-income communities, while providing an opportunity to maximise the development of new opportunities and redress historical injustices.

Establishing a credible fact base is paramount for designing and implementing an evidence-based just transition. To allow easy access to a growing body of work on just transition, TIPS has curated relevant content into an open knowledge portal. This provides short summaries as well as key findings and recommendations from a diversity of reports, strategies, videos and podcasts. The knowledge portal focuses on South Africa but will be extended to other areas in the future.

The portal is a living initiative. Should you know of additional resources which could be added or spot any errors, please contact Lerato Monaisa at lerato@tips.org.za

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Just transitions and the green economy - navigating the fault lines

SUMMARY: The paper frames the Just Transition from a moral and business perspective. It assesses how much responsibility companies and organisations should have for the impact their clients have on

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National employment vulnerability assessment: analysis of potential climate change-related impacts and vulnerable groups

SUMMARY: The report provides a detailed analysis of the capacity of vulnerable communities, workers and businesses to adjust to climate change-related impacts in the coal, metals, transport-based petroleum, agricultural value

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Down to zero: The politics of Just Transition

SUMMARY: This book looks at the anticipated impact of climate change and the experiences of millions of people who are facing a climate disaster, focusing on Southern and South Africa.

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Unlocking a just energy transition for SA

SUMMARY: Professor Mark Swilling discusses the global renewable energy revolution, the public sector’s role in investment in renewables and how renewable energy has the potential to change social politics and

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Sector Jobs Resilience Plan: agriculture value chain

  • Institution / Author: Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies for Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries and the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition [Makgetla, N; Montmasson-Clair, G; Patel, M; Maseko, N.]
  • Year: 2019
  • Sectoral focus: Agriculture and fisheries, Chemicals , Forestry, Transport
  • Thematic focus: Policy interventions / recommendations, Project identification / promotion, Risk / vulnerability assessment
  • Type of analysis: Desktop research, Economic analysis, Impact assessment, Stakeholder engagement
  • Type of document: Research report

SUMMARY: Climate-change especially through higher temperatures, more frequent and severe droughts and heavier rainfall have already battered the agriculture sector and will continue to do so. A Sector Jobs Resilience Plan (SJRP) is needed for the agricultural value chain because climate change will have a severe impact on low-income households in the value chain. The report reviews the main dynamics in the agricultural value chain, in particular trends in production, climate-change related impacts, and the nature and resources available to the vulnerable groups. It then lays out the proposals for the SJRP, in each case providing an initial impact assessment and the main implementation phases and risks, which are derived from the underlying theory of change.

KEY FINDING / RECOMMENDATIONS: The proposed SJRP for the agricultural value chain centres on, first, clarifying responsibility for implementing the SJRP within government; second, maximising the diffusion of technologies that can limit the job losses and income declines resulting from climate change for agricultural workers; third, promoting economic diversification in communities that rely disproportionately on farming including helping farmworkers transition to new livelihoods and providing income support and drought relief during severe droughts to farmworkers, emerging farmers and gardeners in the historic labour-sending regions.

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