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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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Roadmap for Eskom in a reformed electricity supply industry 2019

  • Institution / Author: Department of Public Enterprises
  • Year: 2019
  • Sectoral focus: Coal, Electricity, Energy
  • Thematic focus: Finance, Policy interventions / recommendations, Project identification / promotion, Risk / vulnerability assessment, Energy / Electricity
  • Type of analysis: Desktop research, Stakeholder engagement
  • Type of document: Official document

SUMMARY: The document sets out actions to overcome the crisis at Eskom and put it on a new path of sustainability, in the form of a roadmap. Key steps in transforming the electricity supply system include the energy sources proposed by the 2019 Integrated Resource Plan. Actions to restore Eskom’s finances include government support. Measures are identified to reduce Eskom’s cost structure to enable provision of affordable electricity. Processes are outlined through which the restructuring of Eskom will take place, and through which a new transmission entity will be established.

KEY FINDING / RECOMMENDATIONS: The reform of Eskom, through retiring end-of-life power stations and diversifying primary energy sources, will minimise the impact on the utility’s workers and in related industries and communities. In managing the transition, alternative economic activities will be implemented to economically sustain communities dependent on the power stations and associated coal mines. The reforms require capable leadership and personnel at Eskom and greater transparency in the governance of both Eskom Holdings and the subsidiaries. The roadmap notes “tough decisions will have to be made” and all institutions, organisations and citizens will have to play their part in achieving a sustainable electricity supply system.

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