There is widespread consensus that a transition to a more sustainable economic system with the energy transition at its heart is pivotal to ensure a liveable planet for future generations. However, this transition raises questions of justice and highlights existing inequities between the Global North and South. The shift to a greener system should be beneficial to all people.
While the green economy bears the potential of creating numerous new jobs and fields of employment, other sectors are severely hit by the transition. In order to ensure a just transition, a balanced political and economic framework is essential to integrate the whole work force into the green economy. This session seeks to identify potential pathways to a just transition in the Americas, by looking at affected regions, societal groups and business models, the most urgent steps to be taken and the role of regional cooperation for a just transition.