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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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Developing countries need to chart their own course to net zero emissions

  • Institution / Author: Navroz K. Dubash, Harald Winkler and Lavanya Rajamani
  • Year: 2021
  • Sectoral focus: Economy-wide
  • Thematic focus: Advocacy, Consensus building
  • Type of analysis: Desktop research, Policy analysis
  • Type of document: Newspaper / blog

SUMMARY: The article discusses the need for developing countries to chart their own course to net-zero emissions. Net-zero targets are the most recent attempt by countries to avoid the 2°C or 1.5°C increase in global temperatures and avoid a climate change crisis. A blanket approach to net-zero targets is not advised as developing counties have yet to reach their peak emissions and have less emissions per capita. Emissions reductions could also take longer in developing countries as they have other overriding challenges such as poverty and inequality. For the world to reach carbon neutrality in 2050, developed countries have to reach net zero carbon emissions earlier.

KEY FINDINGS / RECOMMENDATIONS: Net zero targets are a powerful way to signal a common cause between nations. Retaining the sense of solidarity will require that these targets be consistent with demands for climate justice and national contexts. This approach to net-zero makes for smarter policies and increase the changes of real actions. Instead of a single net zero transition, there must be space for multiple transitions, consistent with climate justice and tailored to different national contexts.

Read online: https://theconversation.com/developing-countries-need-to-chart-their-own-course-to-net-zero-emissions-159655

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