Successful energy transition relies as much on emissions reductions as it does on supporting communities through economic transition.
The falling cost of low-carbon energy has made the energy transition more manageable, but major socio-economic, environmental, and political challenges remain for the world’s coal-dependent regions.
These challenges are particularly acute in states across the United States, India, South Africa and other countries where coal is often—or has historically been—the primary or only affordable energy resource. As subnational choices in these countries affect national outcomes, how subnational governments and organizations manage transition will remain critically important.
The Global Just Transition Network (GJTN) will provide a platform for coal-dependent regions to share experiences on challenges to initiation and management of economic and energy transition. GJTN will build peer-to-peer relationships between coal-dependent sub-national jurisdictions, facilitate dialogue on just transition with state-owned coal institutions, and conduct primary research.
U.S.– India – South Africa Just Energy Transition Project
Under the GJTN, this project aims to help coal-dependent regions in India, South Africa, and the United States, and the coal industry in India, achieve a just transition away from coal.
Goal #1: Build peer-to-peer relationships between Indian, South African and U.S. coal-dependent states/provinces to strengthen states’ abilities to access resources and pursue just transitions.
Goal #2: Engage leading Indian state-owned coal institutions on building a just transition, with the aim to create a just transition taskforce within the coal industry.
Senior Fellow (non-resident), Energy Security and Climate Change Program