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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: tourism 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: Tourism, 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: A Sector Jobs Resilience Plan (SJRP) is needed for the tourism value chain because it will likely be significantly affected by climate change. A downturn in tourism would hit low-income workers, small businesses and communities that depend on it for jobs and livelihoods. The report’s proposals focus on the workers in catering and accommodation, who depend principally on tourism. On average, they are poorly paid and have low levels of formal education, making it more difficult for them to find work if they lose their employment or livelihoods as a result of climate-change related impacts.

KEY FINDING / RECOMMENDATIONS: The proposed SJRP for tourism centres on, among others, clarifying responsibility for implementation of the SJRP within government; maximising diffusion of technologies that can limit the extent of job losses and income declines resulting from climate change for people and businesses that depend on tourism; where job loss is unavoidable, helping tourism workers to transition to new livelihoods; providing income support to tourism workers who have to transition to new employment as a result of a climate-change-induced downturn in the value chain.

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