2019 Inaugural ReNEWT Workshop
When? 29-30 October 2019
Bilbao, Spain, hosted by the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3).
Representatives from the European Commission, industry, labour unions and the finance sector
The workshop programme included:
sharing of research outputs and exploration of future collaboration opportunities;
fostering dialogue between different stakeholders;
understanding the research needs and challenges of decision-makers on the front line of managing the just transition.
ReNEWT members are working on a diverse range research topics relating to the just transition, including public attitudes towards the energy transition, worker identity and narratives, labour market modelling, energy system modelling, political economy of transitions, transition policy analysis, the role of investors, scenario modelling and consumer behaviour.
Key reflections from research outputs include: the perception of justice can be as important as actual justice; historic transitions may appear to be more successful than they are due to early retirements, so we need to find a way to help future workers, not just current workers, transition to new roles; the just transition is broader than just the impact on workers, and other members of fossil-dependent communities may be particularly vulnerable, and it is important not only to understand the economic implications of the transition but also the social dimensions.
It was recognised that a major communications task needs to accompany just transitions research to help decision-makers understand the need for and the extent of the transition as a foundational step, before being able to work with them to develop solutions.