Keeping global warming well-below 2°C will require a rapid reduction in fossil fuel use. The falling cost of renewable and low-carbon energy has made many aspects of the energy transition more manageable, but major social and political challenges remain for the world’s top fossil fuel producers and consumers.
In the United States, India, South Africa and other countries where subnational choices affect national outcomes, these challenges are particularly acute. In these countries, typically a handful of states are leading the energy transition and will be integral to any attempt to make that transition “just.” These subnational actors are pivotal to mobilize ideas and to implement just transition policies.
The Global Just Transition Network (GJTN) will address challenges to initiating just transitions in each country. Specifically, it will build transnational, peer-to-peer relationships between fossil fuel dependent sub-national jurisdictions, facilitate dialogue on just transition with fossil fuel industry representatives, and conduct world class 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.
- Target Indian states: Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Telangana, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh
- Target South African province: Mpumalanga
- Target U.S. states: Wyoming, West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Colorado
Goal #2: Engage leading Indian coal industry representatives on building a just transition, with the aim to create a just transition taskforce within the coal industry.
Program Manager, Energy Security and Climate Change Program