The Polish Ministry of Environment and the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment had a joint seminar on Just Transition in Krakow 25 October. The Polish research institute IOS-PIB and Vista Analyse facilitated the event and the enclosed summary report from the seminar. The transformation from coal to renewable energy is a particularly demanding challenge for countries like Poland where the energy mix is dominated by coal. This seminar was part of the bilateral cooperation under the EEA and Norway Grants, building on many years of broad cooperation on climate and environment, and financed through the national bilateral fund. 160 participants from governments, labour unions, business and industries, researchers and NGOs took part in the bilateral seminar.
In the preamble of the Paris Agreement there is a provision that the Parties to the agreement should take into account the imperatives of a just transition of the workforce and the creation of decent work and quality jobs in accordance with nationally defined development priorities. The main objective of the seminar was to promote the concept of just transition as an accompanying initiative to the negotiation process at the forum of COP 24, which will be held on December 3-14, 2018 in Katowice, Poland. Just transition refers to a balanced and fair economic transformation towards a low-carbon economy considering social costs and the need for new job opportunities. The seminar was aimed at promoting bilateral cooperation between Poland and Norway and to highlight opportunities for a just transition based on Polish and Norwegian experiences.
Read the Summary report from the seminar here.
Read the presentations from the seminar here.