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The Alliance for a Just Energy Transformation


What is the Alliance for a Just Energy Transformation? 

The Alliance for Just Energy Transformation is a voluntary initiative that aims to catalyse a shared understanding and transformative action towards successful implementation of Just Transition policies worldwide, even as the details of the transitions differ at national scales. It will help advance inclusive community-centred dialogue with all relevant stakeholder groups (communities, civil society, policymakers, and private sector) to facilitate and to identify common ground to ensure the path to energy transition is socially just and sustainable.

This involves understanding the needs of those currently engaged in fossil fuel supply chains and services as they transition to renewable energy alternatives. These local transitions will together form a global transformation, with common principles to ensure success, including climate justice, international cooperation, equitable social and economic policies, community and environmental resilience, and access to finance.


The 8 core principles of a Just Energy Transformation


  1. Be guided by science and understand the urgency to reduce emissions in line with the goals set out by the Paris Agreement. 
  2. Be fair and uphold the rights, needs and values of everyone - no single group should be privileged over others and the upfront costs must not fall on those with the least responsibility for climate change or ability to bear them.
  3. Be sustainable, ambitious and consistent with wider, holistic strategies that contribute to the energy transition needed to limit global temperature increase to 1.5°C, or well under 2°C. 
  4. Be comprehensive, transparent and inclusive, which requires that just transition strategies developed at the national level to be co-designed and implemented at the local level. 
  5. Ensure clearly-defined, robust and meaningful stakeholder engagement and social dialogue, including a specific focus on social protection and gender equality policies to promote equitable access to benefits. 
  6. Be centred on climate justice so that the burdens of climate change, as well as the costs of avoiding it, are shared fairly; both internationally and inter-generationally. Implementation of the transition must support jobs, local communities and improve human wellbeing in the developing world. 
  7. Recognize energy access as an essential contributor for social wellbeing, economic growth, enabler of sustainable development and improved livelihoods and transformation of energy systems must enable large scale access to clean, safe and reliable energy to meet developmental needs of all. 
  8. Ensure access to justice, decision-making and information: A common approach to investment which upholds indigenous and local community rights. Recognition and implementation of the right to meaningful participation in energy transition decision-making processes for all stakeholders, acknowledging and compensating for differences in resources and capacity to engage.


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