About the Resource Center

The Just Transition and Equitable Climate Action Resource Center showcases snapshots of steps that countries, communities and companies are taking to transition industries and economies in a fair, inclusive way. These initiatives vary from country to country, including phasing out coal power and closing coal mines; removing fossil fuel subsidies; shutting down polluting power plants; and installing solar and wind farms.

Spanning six continents, the snapshots highlighted here can help us understand what’s working — and sometimes what is not — and provide insights and lessons that can guide countries and communities through the task ahead: building a zero-carbon future by proactively engaging with affected workers and communities and enabling them to thrive by creating new economic opportunities. Over time, WRI will add additional sectors, types of initiatives and geographies to the Resource Center.

What Does a Just Transition Look Like?

According to the International Labour Organization, keeping global warming below 2 degrees C could create 18 million net jobs worldwide. However, the transition away from fossil fuels could also result in the loss of 6 million gross jobs by 2030, overwhelmingly in the energy sector.

A just transition means equitably distributing the costs and benefits of climate action, ensuring that:

  • Social dialogue and stakeholder engagement takes place among workers, employers, governments, communities and civil society.
  • Affected workers and communities receive the support, social protection and investments they need to work and thrive in a zero-carbon future.
  • Revenue streams that governments currently receive from fossil fuel production will be replaced in equitable ways.
  • Companies create decent jobs and contribute to economic growth while taking positive action on climate change.