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Achieving a fair transition to 2050: A century of ideas for stakeholder involvement

Thursday, 08 July 2021


Benjamin Sovacool
Director of the Sussex Energy Group, University of SussexHanna Brauers Technische Universität Berlin
Samantha Smith
Director of the Just Transition Centre, International Trade Union Confederation


Thijs Vandenbussche
Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre

This online expert workshop was part of the EPC’s project organised in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung which addressed the lessons of past industrial and energy transitions, including the challenges and possibilities such transitions pose for workers in the frontline. The workshop explored the role of governance and the involvement of stakeholders (workers, companies) to achieve a fair transition. It started by exploring the lessons of past transitions, followed by contributions on the current transition. Panelists dedicated a particular focus to regions where industries (such as coal production and car manufacturing) have been drastically changed or replaced by other industries. Furthermore, participants stressed the crucial role of labour unions for shaping a transition on the regional level as well as the need to strengthen efforts in bringing various stakeholders together when designing transitional policies on the local, national and European level.

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