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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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No going back to normal: imagining a just recovery in South Africa

  • Institution / Author: 350Africa.org and the Institute for Economic Justice [Carilee Osborne, Sonia Phalatse and Gilad Isaacs]
  • Year: 2020
  • Sectoral focus: Economy-wide
  • Thematic focus: Advocacy, Green and just recovery
  • Type of analysis: Desktop research, Policy analysis, Political analysis
  • Type of document: Research report

SUMMARY: The report calls a post-Covid Just Recovery plan, which ensures that economic systems are people centred and take into account the intersecting factors that cause inequalities and large-scale ecological damage. The paper outlines how we got to the current climate crisis through the emphasis on market fundamentalism, prioritisation of profits and financialisation, privatisation and the hollowing out of the commons, globalisation, extensive corporate and labour deregulation, over-reliance on fossil fuels, privatisation of social reproduction and care work and how we measure human development and economic growth..

KEY FINDING / RECOMMENDATIONS: The report proposes rebuilding public services to promote public affluence by public investment; complementing the green economy with the ecofeminist purple economy through investments in social infrastructure; transitioning to a low-carbon energy system and integrating this into this new economy; pursuing structural transformation not structural reforms; changing ownership structures throughout the economy to reconfigure power relations by ensuring community ownership or worker control; and building a new internationalism which reconfigures global inequalities that threaten the economic, social and political environments of the global South.

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